Cockroaches: All You need To Know About These House Pests

November 11, 2021

Cockroaches: All You need To Know About These House Pests

Most people know what cockroaches are – they are pests commonly found in the kitchen of most houses. Some people get goosebumps just thinking of them, and we can’t blame them. After all, as “harmless” as they might appear, they are pretty destructive and problematic to get rid of.

Where do these house pests come from?

You might be wondering: where cockroaches come from, especially if your home is newly built. These pests can find their way into your house through the intricate plumbing system – if there is a house nearby that is infested by cockroaches, they can effortlessly travel through the pipes that lead to the drain in your lavatory or kitchen.

Furthermore, nymphs – a baby cockroach – can easily travel through boxes and bags when you move into your new place. When you arrive, they can leave and find a suitable crevice where they can propagate, leading to an infestation.

What are the health hazards linked to cockroaches?

Suppose there is a cockroach infestation in your home. In that case, children are at a higher risk of developing allergies, asthma, and other respiratory symptoms that are caused by the droppings and the skin of cockroaches.

Apart from that, cockroaches are also known to be carriers of a staggering 33 types of bacteria that cause various diseases such as salmonellosis, E. coli infections, cholera, typhoid fever, and others.

What do cockroaches eat?

The reason why cockroaches are mostly found in the kitchen – particularly near the kitchen sink – is because they are scavengers that can eat off of your leftovers and any organic food that is accessible to them. Generally, they are known to like foods that are greasy and has cheese or anything fermented.

However, if their common food items are hard to come by, cockroaches can very much live off of papers, book bindings, leather found in shoes or belts, wallpaper adhesives, and even human hair and fingernails in some cases.

Despite their ability to consume almost anything, cockroaches can hardly bite human skin because their jaws are quite weak. That’s why if you do happen to get bitten by one, it might be because their population is growing at an alarming rate, and they are looking for other food sources.

How to prevent cockroaches from infesting your home

Since they can find their way into most houses through plumbing and sewage pipes, you should make sure that all possible entries are sealed well so that they cannot find their way in. This include drains and faucets, as they are fairly adept at surviving in and around water.

It’s also good practice to keep all surfaces and crevices in your kitchen clean, not just to keep it aesthetically pleasing but so cockroaches cannot find a suitable place to live in and thrive.

How to get rid of cockroaches

If there is already a presence of these pests, it will help to have an insecticide to spray it on them. However, if their population size is overwhelmingly large, it might be high time for you to engage pest control services in Singapore, particularly one that is targeted towards cockroaches.

Pest control services are an effective way of making sure that pests, including cockroaches, are eradicated down to the last egg, and we at PestControl offer the best ones that you’ll find in Singapore.

Whether it’s cockroaches, house flies, termites, rats, and others, don’t hesitate to call us at +65 6397 5677 to learn more about how we can help!