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Cockroach Control Basics

Learn More about the Cockroach
Cockroaches are very primitive insects. Their ancestors lived 200-350 million years ago. At this time, the climate on the earth was warm and moist, ideal conditions for them to thrive. Although climatic conditions are cooler and less humid now, present-day cockroach species are surprisingly similar to those preserved in fossils from the distant past.
 
The female German cockroach produces an egg case or capsule containing 30-40 eggs. After producing the egg case, the female carries it for about three weeks until the day the eggs hatch. The immature German cockroaches grow fast. They emerge from the egg cases, shed their skins six or seven times in about 60 days, and after the last molt, adult cockroaches emerge fully winged and sexually mature. The female will produce four to eight egg cases in her lifetime. Her offspring will do the same. You can see where this will quickly lead to an infestation and more. One impregnated female brought into your house can equate to over 100,000 cockroaches in a year.

German cockroaches gather in dark places with high humidity, contain paper, wood and other porous surfaces and have food readily available. Cockroaches use a pheromone to mark the areas and attract others to the best locations. Resulting in large quantities of their own feces and contamination of the area. Favorite gathering areas are; in cracks and crevices around cabinets, wall and ceiling voids, in and around refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washers and dryers, and water heaters. The most favorable conditions are areas with adequate humidity levels, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Especially under and around toilets, bathtubs, showers and sinks, sink traps, leaking faucets, standing water and wet sponges. German cockroaches will not leave these favorable areas unless they are forced out. If food, water and shelter (resources) are available, the cockroach population can multiply rapidly.

Thorough inspection used in conjunction with Bait Traps is the best method of confirming the presence of Cockroaches.
 
An important part of any home or business pest control program is to control the cockroach, which is often the #1 target pest. Restaurants and stores that carry food products must be even more diligent at control and prevention of cockroaches. The cockroach is exceedingly hardy. It thrives on only crumbs and can survive long periods of time without food and several days without water. Cockroaches often live in cracks and crevices so small that we can easily overlook them. Because they are such good survivors, it is essential to have a basic understanding of the cockroach life cycle, behavior and habitat before attempting to control them.



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