Even Dinosaurs Had Roach Problems

February 17, 2021 DM Pest Pest Treatment

Roaches. They are disgusting. Even people who have never actually seen one and haven’t had to deal with them cringe at the mention of these bugs. Don’t feel bad if you struggle with getting rid of these adaptable pests. Fossil evidence shows that roaches have been on earth for 300 million years, so they have definitely learned a thing or two about surviving in that time.

There are about 4,000 species of cockroaches and they can be found on every continent except for Antarctica. Only about 70% of these species are found in the United States, and before you get too worried, only about 5% of those will likely invade your personal space. The rest prefer their own personal space in forests, underground or in caves, swamps or grasslands.

To help you better understand these pesky bugs, here are answers to some of the common questions people have about cockroaches.

Can roaches fly? Only some species fly. Other species use their wings to stabilize their head when they jump, which can look like flying, but it’s not.

Is it true they can live without a head? Creepy and true. The cockroach body can live without a head for up to a week. The roach breathes through small holes in it’s body segments; but without a head, the cockroach can’t drink water and eventually dies of dehydration.

Can cockroaches survive a nuclear blast? This is a fairly common myth that most people believe as fact. While a cockroach can withstand 10 times more radiation than a person, they cannot survive a nuclear blast. There are better ways to get rid of them.

Will roaches make my allergies worse? This is a real problem. Cockroaches produce proteins that many people (especially those with asthma) are sensitive to. The molted exoskeletons and fecal matter left behind by roaches, along with the bacteria they spread across surfaces, all contribute to allergens.

If my house is clean, I’m safe from roaches, right? While a clean house definitely helps deter roaches, it’s not a guarantee. Roaches eat anything - plant matter, human food, dead skin cells, feces - so a dirty house provides easier access. But as long as the roaches can get to food and water through cracks, crevices, or other access points, they might feel the effort is worth it.

Roaches are interesting creatures, but as with any pesky home invader, they are better out than in. Call DM Pest Control for help today!

Roach prevention and control is possible. If you’re looking for professional cockroach extermination services, call DM Pest Control for help today at (512) 905-4984.