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Cockroaches: Don’t Just Hate ‘Em – Do Something About It

If there’s something that’s common for many people across the world, it’s their absolute hatred for cockroaches. Some even fear them- and that fear isn’t unfounded because these creatures are creepy! They like to scurry all over the place whenever you flip the lights on at night, making you feel like your hygiene skills are in question. And the bigger they are, the more annoyed and agitated you may feel. It’s even more frustrating when your attempts to kill them fail. But by the end of this post, you’ll have a solution.

First things first, why do people hate and/or fear them? How can you identify their nests? And what can you do to eliminate them?

Why They’re Hated

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It isn’t really their looks that turn most people off. They actually have a beautiful dark-chocolate color. But these bugs are disgusting in many ways.

Disease is another reason to practice preventive pest control methods for cockroaches. Cockroaches can carry 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 different types of parasitic worms and 7 known pathogens. They can also cause allergic reactions such as asthma…

The American cockroach has been documented feeding on toenails, eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair of sleeping children. If that’s not a reason to practice preventive pest control methods, we don’t know what is.

What else do cockroaches eat? Cockroach species that live near people like starchy items (cereals, from example), as well as sweet items. They can also feed on beer, cheese, wallpaper, and postage stamps, as well as other objects…Read more at Western Exterminator

Why They’re Difficult

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You’d wish that these bugs could just die off and completely disappear from your home. But they are so many and fast. That’s why you need to call in the professionals.

Momma and poppa roach are not so busy at being a couple as they are of wandering around your kitchen and finding food. They mate only once but when momma roach pops out those eggs, she makes sure it’s a whole colony’s worth of little the. Think 300-400 and beyond. Development of the eggs to adulthood takes 3-4 months but once they’re fully developed, they can live up to four years. But that is, of course, if you don’t get them first…

Roaches are already wicked and disgusting as they are, and you’d probably be alright with them crawling about as long as they don’t come near you, right? Of course (not). But then you see those flat, wisped wings you think are useless, twitch and then spread out. And the next thing you know, you’re screaming— a scream reminiscent of those in old horror films. Those wings are not so useless after all. Read more at Top Best

What About Their Nests?

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One way to ensure you get these annoying creatures is by correctly identifying their nests. After all, when you get them at the source, you’re likely to have better results than chasing after the ones that come out.

So, rather than a structured habitat, a roach nest tends to look like a messy area cluttered with:

  • Grown roaches: Adult cockroaches retreat to the nest to avoid daylight and predators.

  • Nymphs: Tiny, baby cockroaches which are often light brown or white in color.

  • Oothecas: Although just 1/4-inch in length, these brown, pill-shaped egg cases can hold upwards of 40 cockroach eggs.

  • Molten exoskeletons: Cockroaches shed their hard shells as they grow. Nymphs will shed multiple times until they reach maturity, littering the nest with their molten remains.

  • Droppings: Tiny, oval-shaped specks, cockroach droppings that resemble mouse feces, but can be differentiated by the ridges on the sides. Read more at Cats Eye Pest

It’s safe to assume that you wouldn’t want to go on a cockroach nest hunt after reading this. The sound of it doesn’t particularly seem like a pleasant sight. So, why struggle with the problem when help is just a call away?

At Backyard Bug Patrol, we hate pests, not only because they are a nuisance, but also because they spread diseases. Cockroaches are no exception. We have what it takes to ensure your home is pest-free. Call us today for the best services in town!

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