3 Facts About Cockroaches That Make Them Nightmare Pests

Cockroaches slip out when the lights go out, get into everything in your cupboard, and leave behind trails of bacteria all over your home. Cockroaches are one of those pests that just give you the heebie-jeebies and have a horrid reputation as a household problem. They are also one of the hardest pests to eliminate from your home.

Most people know cockroaches are a pain, but many don't fully understand why that is the case. Here is a look at some of the reasons that these creepy crawlies are terribly hard to eradicate from the home whether you have an infestation or a minor problem.

One Ootheca Can Contain Many Baby Cockroaches

Unlike many insects, a female cockroach carries her egg sac, or ootheca, on her back or backside while the eggs inside grow and develop. The worst of it is that this one egg sac can contain many baby cockroaches just waiting to get out and populate your home. A few scary facts about roach eggs to think about include:  

  • One egg sac on a German cockroach can have as many as 50 eggs inside
  • One female American cockroach can produce as many as 10 egg sacs in a 12-month period
  • One or two egg sacs can be enough to start a huge cockroach problem in your home

Because cockroaches reproduce so quickly, it is incredibly hard to get a handle on the problem on your own. You may think you have the problem handled only for a new set of nymphs will emerge from an egg sac and regenerate the population. 

Cockroaches Can Live On Just About Anything 

If you're trying to get rid of cockroaches in your home, you'll go to great lengths to ensure they have no accessible food sources around the house. However, your attempts at starving out these bugs are in vain because they can live on just about anything. Cockroaches are especially attracted to starchy, sugary foods or even alcoholic beverages, but they can also feed on:

  • Glue on the back of a postage stamp
  • Human or animal hair 
  • Soap and makeup
  • Wood and paper products

To make matters worse, cockroaches can live for a long time without food—about 30 days. However, they can survive for only a week without water. So no matter how much you try to starve cockroaches out, they will likely find a way to get by.

Killing a Cockroach Is Harder Than You Think

There's a reason cockroaches have been around for millions of years. These pests are some of the most resilient creatures to ever exist on the planet. There are over 4,000 types of roaches, 30 of which have been identified as living in the same places as humans. The bugs can survive some pretty insane things like:

  • Decapitation. They breathe through their bodies, so a head is optional for about a week. 
  • Submersion in water. Cockroaches can live underwater for at least 30 minutes, so drowning them is a challenge.
  • Radiation exposure. Cockroaches are more resilient to radiation than humans. 

Additionally, cockroaches can run super fast, are masters at hiding, and prefer to come out at night when it's quiet in the house. It is this exact resilience and intelligence that makes cockroaches one of the most despised pests in the world. 

While cockroaches can definitely be respected as one tough bug, they are assuredly not appreciated when they decide to move in with you. Plus, they are a major nightmare to eradicate on your own. If you have problems with cockroaches and need professional help, contactus at Paffy's Pest Control to make an appointment.