Cockroaches are nocturnal insects that survive on garbage, waste, and leaky pipes and septic systems. They leave oily droppings wherever they go, leaving bacteria, odors, and stains behind. Their scent trails attract other cockroach populations in the process.
Because cockroaches are attracted to leaky pipes, food, and grease, they flock to messy residential and commercial properties. These pests are so resilient, it’s been said that they’ll be the sole survivors of a nuclear war. Needless to say, they’re not easy to get rid of, even if you correct the conditions that attracted them in the first place. Here’s why it’s nearly impossible for a cockroach infestation to go away on its own.
They Reproduce at Rapid Rates
Cockroaches multiply quickly and deliver up to 60 offspring with each birth. This makes an infestation all the more difficult to eradicate. Roaches don’t require traditional breeding methods to reproduce. Female cockroaches are able to produce on their own. They create parthenogenetic offspring (the development of an egg without the aid of fertilization) when males are scarce.
They Can Survive Without Breathing
If you’re considering drowning the cockroaches you see, think again. Cockroach respiratory systems are highly efficient, allowing them to survive for five to seven minutes without breathing. The cockroaches are likely to climb out and continue taking residence on your property, breeding all the while.
They Can Survive Without Their Heads
Cockroaches have an open circulatory system complete with spiracles that allow them to breathe when decapitated. Their necks then clot to prevent them from bleeding out, allowing it to survive another few weeks.
Your Best Bet for Deterring Cockroaches is a Clean Home
Cockroaches need an environment with food and water to survive. Take that away from them and their days are numbered, as long as you maintain it. Cockroaches can live up to three months without food, so they hide in dark corners of a property while they wait to go hunting at night. Some of their favorite spots include basements, garages, and laundry rooms that see little activity from humans. If they stop finding things to feed on, they are more likely to move on.
Have a Cockroach Problem? Ask the Experts!
The expert exterminators at Green Pest Solutions know what it takes to show cockroaches the door. Unfortunately, a more proactive approach is usually needed to end an infestation. If you have a cockroach problem, don’t wait for them to leave on their own; give us a call immediately. We’ll schedule an inspection so we can provide a free quote for pest-control services. Contact us today at 877-636-9469.