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Cockroaches - What are the myths and what are the facts?


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Cockroaches are an unpopular pest. They are unhygienic, unsightly and can cause significant damage to your property and food stuffs. However, it turns out that not all horrible cockroach myths are accurate. I want to use this article as a means of busting some common cockroach assumptions.

  1. The German cockroach does not exist.

This is inaccurate. Despite the fact that even zoologists claimed this was true, studies have located the German cockroach in various locations, particularly in hot and humid conditions.

  1. Cockroaches don't hibernate.

This has been proven to be false. There are a variety of cockroach species that will hibernate.

  1. Cockroaches do not bite.

Unfortunately this is also inaccurate. Under particular conditions, cockroaches can and will bite. Large cockroaches are even capable of biting humans.

  1. A cockroach problem is a sign of a dirty home.

Once again this is wrong. Cockroaches will live in clean homes, however larger colonies are often found in unclean homes due to the increased food source available.

  1. All cockroaches lay several egg sacs a month.

Inaccurate. The German cockroach will normally only lay one sac per month, however each sac can hold approximately 40 babies.

  1. There are albino cockroaches.

This is false, the reality is that cockroaches shed their skin and for a few hours, while the new skin dries, they are white in colour.

  1. Cockroaches are active all night.

Once again not entirely true. Cockroaches are actually very lazy and in general will only stay active for approximately 4 hours during the night.

Despite the fact that a variety of assumptions made about the cockroach are actually inaccurate, we must not forget the fact that they are unhygienic pests with the potential to spread disease and cause damage within your home. Cockroaches have the potential to breed very quickly so it is important to consider treatment at the first sign of a problem.

There are a variety of both DIY and professional solutions available for the treatment of a cockroach infestation. DIY treatment can be a cost effective option for a minor problem, however for an infestation professional treatment must be considered. Most pest control companies offer a free survey where they will visit your property, establish the problem, explain treatment options and provide you with an obligation free quote. Particularly when dealing with a pest like cockroaches the cost of eradication is often minimal in comparison to the physical damage they may cause. For advice on the best cockroach treatment for your premise, contact a pest control professional.


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