Cockroaches are common household pests that contribute to respiratory asthma and often carry and spread disease. The most common species is the German cockroach.
Female cockroaches produce egg cases that contain about 40 eggs. The egg case is deposited in locations that will provide food and water for the developing immatures.
Young cockroaches begin feeding soon after they hatch from the egg case. They feed on the same materials as the adults, generally foods that contain sugars and starches but they will eat almost anything. After shedding their skin several times to grow larger, they become adults. Adults live for about 6 months. They feed at night and are inactive during the day.
German cockroaches move along edges when they are foraging for food and water at night, the time of day when they tend to be the most active. Checkout Our Complete Roach Elimination Guide.
Find our more about the different types of species of cockroaches that invade homes and how to identify them, it is important to know what type of roach you are dealing with, whether it is an American cockroach or a German Cockroach. Identification plays an important role in determining the appropriate pest control for your cockroach infestation.
A quick guide for how to get rid of roaches: Liquid insecticides can be used to treat in and around the infested harborages in kitchens and bathrooms, to get rid of roaches. Treat along and behind baseboards and into cracks and crevices on counters as well as under sinks. Use boric acid roach tablets in hard to reach areas under sinks, and behind refrigerators and other kitchen appliances. Roach powder can also be used behind baseboards and in locations not easily treated with liquid insecticide. Sticky traps can be used to control infestations. Place these traps next to baseboards for optimal effectiveness. Looking for a more complete Step By Step Guide on how to get rid of roaches? Check Out Our Post: How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches?
Removing excess food scraps and limiting the availability of water in sites that are infested with cockroaches will help control these pests. Be sure to clean up spills and crumbs right away and avoid leaving food out in the open for extended periods. Seal any cracks and openings with caulk.¬† Remember roaches need food and water to survive, so limiting their access is a good start to trying to control them.¬† It will also help and making your control options more attractive if you are limiting their food. Check Out Our Post: How to Prevent Cockroaches Females carrying an egg case are captured when sticky traps are located close to infested harborages. Capturing females with egg cases can help to prevent infestations. Females leave the harborage only a few times during the 28 days they hold the egg case.
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