You already know that cockroaches are disgusting houseguests, but you may not fully realize just how disgusting they really are. A cockroach infestation can go from a handful of insects to hundreds in a matter of weeks, and if you do not get a handle on the situation now, you could be sharing your food, and your home, with these disgusting creatures for a long time to come.
Whether you own or rent your home, there are some things you must know about cockroaches. Here are some not so fun facts about this common household pest.
- A cockroach can hold its breath for more than half an hour, easily topping the most accomplished swimmers. If you have been trying to kill the cockroaches you find by drowning them, you may want to reassess your strategy.
- Cockroaches can even live without their heads. As if cockroaches were not creepy enough, they can even live when their heads are cut off. The decapitated cockroach can survive for up to a week, and it only succumbs because it cannot drink and dies of thirst.
- A single cockroach can cover three miles in an hour, spreading disease-causing germs as it moves through your house.
- Cockroaches can reach adulthood in little over a month. That accelerated life cycle is just one of the things that makes a cockroach infestation so hard to control.
- Baby cockroaches can keep up with the adults, and keep spreading germs, as soon as they are born.
- Cockroaches love alcohol. You are not the only one who loves your stash – if there are cockroaches in the house, they will make a beeline for the booze.
- Cockroaches have been around for almost 300 million years, and many experts believe they could be the only life form to survive a nuclear war.
- There are more than 4,000 separate species of cockroach, and sometimes it seems like all 4,000 have set up shop in your kitchen.
- Cockroaches can survive for a month without food, but they need a reliable source of water. That may be way cockroaches like to congregate around the sink and toilet.
- If you suspect a cockroach infestation, you should not go it alone. Your cockroach problem is not going to go away on its own, and the sooner you call a pest control professional, the sooner you can take back control of your life – and your home.
Cockroaches are among the most common household pests, and sharing your home with them is no fun. If you spot a single cockroach, you can be sure his friends are hiding somewhere nearby. That is why you should call a professional pest control service as soon as possible, so you can say goodbye to those disgusting creatures once and for all.