There are a number of reasons why people experience a deep-seated revulsion to cockroaches and turn to a Longview pest control professional. Cockroaches are part of the oldest orders of insects on the planet (they date back 320 million years), but they are quite primitive anatomically and lack many of the basic adaptations that modern insects have. Despite this fact, they are one of the hardiest insects on the planet, easily adapting themselves to almost any living condition.
One thing that remains true, however, is that cockroaches are not sanitary insects. They are usually a sign of some other sanitation issue and the saliva, feces, and decaying bodies of cockroaches can cause allergic reactions, especially for those that suffer from asthma and especially children who have allergies. To be sure, the following outlines various health risks associated with a cockroach infestation.
Cockroaches are Social Animals
Of the thousands of breeds of cockroaches, many show highly structured and complex social interactions. Cockroaches can communicate with one another using pheromones and other means. What sorts of things do cockroaches have to talk about? Cockroaches inform other cockroaches about good sources of food. If you have a cockroach infestation, it is likely because the cockroaches believe your home is a good source of food and water.
Diseases Caused by Cockroaches
Cockroaches will worsen symptoms of those with allergies, but they don’t “cause” diseases per se. Instead, they can spread diseases that harm humans but that cockroaches are themselves unbothered by. Usually, these diseases are spread through their droppings. In fact, common cockroaches spread 33 known bacteria, six different parasitic worms, and a number of other human pathogens. Among these diseases is E. Coli, which is a common form of food poisoning.
Hiring a Pest Control Professional for Cockroach Infestations
Getting rid of cockroaches is a multi-step process. First, you have to eradicate the infestation and that requires knowing where the cockroaches are laying their eggs. But it isn’t easy. Cockroaches are among the hardiest species on earth. The old joke goes that long after humanity has killed itself off, cockroaches will remain. There’s more than a little truth in that assertion.
Cockroaches can survive in extreme cold, up to -5℃, and some species of cockroaches can go up to 45 minutes without air. Studies done on cockroaches have shown that they can survive decapitation. Granted, they don’t do a lot of thinking, but many of their instincts remained intact. Cockroaches can survive for weeks without their head.
How Professional Pest Control Technicians Deal with Roaches
A pest that can live without a head poses a unique challenge to exterminators. Indeed, reducing the population enough to manage it is the first step in the process. Our pest control specialists will attempt to determine how the roaches are getting into your home and where they tend to congregate. The next step in the process is blocking off openings to the outside and ensuring that conditions inside the home are inhospitable to cockroaches.
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