Cockroaches are the last thing that people want to find at their place, but there are many facts about them you probably didn’t know. Some people believe that cockroaches are harmful and dangerous, while some others believe that not all cockroaches are bad. Both are not wrong! Cockroaches are only dangerous when they carry harmful diseases or contaminants that may cause health problems for some people in an infested house.
To get to know more about these common pests, here are some common questions about them, answered.
1. Do cockroaches bite?
Cockroaches can bite humans, although cases of this happening are very rare. This usually would only happen if there is a lack of food sources. These insects can also chew through materials like paper, cloth, and plastic.
Cockroaches can also cause scratches with their heavy leg spines. This may be dangerous as they carry bacteria which could result in your wound being infected. Cockroaches are generally afraid of humans, and you will find them hiding in dark places in your home.
2. Are bigger cockroaches more dangerous?
Many believe that the bigger the cockroach, the worse it is. But, this is a myth! The size of the cockroach does not always make a difference in whether it is more harmful or dangerous. Cockroaches can carry many diseases, so even the smallest cockroach can carry diseases just as frightening as a big one. Fun fact: The world’s largest cockroach, found in South America, is almost 6 inches long!
3. Do all cockroaches fly?
This is a myth! Yes, there are quite a few species of cockroaches that can fly, but not all. Some cockroaches use their wings mostly to balance themselves when they jump, while some cockroaches do not even have wings.
4. Do cockroaches live for decades?
Depending on the species, a cockroach’s lifespan varies from a couple of months to a few years. That said, cockroaches are some of the toughest creatures alive. Some believe they existed even in the pre-historic, dinosaur eras! Cockroaches can live without food for a prolonged period of time. Fun fact: a cockroach can survive without its head for up to a week!
5. Does pesticide help get rid of cockroaches?
Pesticides can kill cockroaches effectively. However, cockroaches are also great at hiding, so it is usually difficult to eliminate a whole population with store-bought pesticides.
Hiring pest control professionals is by far the best way to control cockroach populations in a home or office that is infested. With a combination of pesticides, detection tools, and seasoned know-how, they are better able to make your premises cockroach-free again.
Cockroaches are not just an inconvenience; they can also pose a danger to the health of you and your family. Keep an eye out for them to defend your home from these pests. Call in professional help if you find these pests in your home!