Not many people are immune to the creepiness of the common household cockroach. There is something about the way they scuttle about and lurk – no one who has had a cockroach run across their hands argues about the need to keep them out of the home.
Cockroaches form part of one of the oldest groups of insects alive today. There are around 4,500 different types of cockroaches but, fortunately for us, only about 30 of these types are known to take up residence in human structures.
A cockroach has a very simple life cycle – they start off as eggs, which then hatch into nymphs and then mature, moulting several times along the way. Some species, such as the German cockroach, can lay in the region of 300 000 eggs per year – explaining the way cockroach populations seem to explode as they do.
The Problem with Cockroaches
Even if we discount the creepy factor, cockroaches are still unwelcome guests. They can be notoriously difficult to kill – apparently they could even survive a nuclear explosion. They can carry a number of different germs and bacteria and will contaminate any food source that they can find.
They can also carry a number of allergens into your home, causing serious health problems for those sensitive to such things. They rank only second to dust in terms of causing allergies in the home.
Getting Rid of Cockroaches
If you have an infestation, you should just call in a professional pest control expert. Trying to do it yourself can end up being more expensive and pretty ineffective in the long run. Roach traps are unsightly and it can be dangerous to yourself and your family to deal with poisons.
A further problem is that you will usually only end up killing the adult cockroaches, leaving you with the same problem again when the eggs hatch. A professional will know how to deal with adults and eggs and will be able to apply toxins safely and effectively.
They will also know exactly where to look for cockroaches and will also be able to give you ideas on preventing any future outbreaks. They will also help you make your home as inhospitable to cockroaches as possible.
All in all, when you have a cockroach outbreak, it is important to deal with it effectively and as quickly as possible. With the help of a professional, this is possible.