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Cockroaches are a paraphyletic group of insects belonging to Blattodea, containing all members of the group except termites. About 30 cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habitats and some are well-known as pests.

Cockroaches can measure over 50 mm (2 in) length, with tropical species tending to be larger than those found in other climates. Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and some even have wings. However, most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying. With flat, oval-shaped bodies, these pests are often oily to the touch and may be cool or warm, depending on the temperature of their environment. Cockroaches in the house are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from many over-the-counter insecticides and are elusive when it comes to cockroach traps. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, pest control for cockroaches can be a losing battle.

Although they are omnivores that eat plants and meat, cockroaches have been recorded to eat human flesh, although they’re more likely to take a bite of fingernails, eyelashes, feet and hands.

 

What cockroaches are attracted to

A cockroach is able to survive almost anywhere that food, water and shelter are available, and can most commonly be found around food prep areas, inside cabinets, under sinks, in or around garbage cans and in cool, dark spaces like cellars.

As omnivorous scavengers, cockroaches will consume any organic food source available to them, with a preference for sweets, meats and starches. They are also known to consume other items such as hair, books and decaying matter.

Just like bedbugs can hitch a ride on infested items brought inside, get indoors via cracks and gaps in the home’s exterior, enter through drains or sewer pipes and a few species of cockroaches can fly inside when attracted to lights.

 

 

Signs of cockroach infestation

The more you know about cockroaches, the better you can predict and control their behavior. Here are some quick facts to help you on your way.

The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen where food is present.

A few telltale signs of a possible roach infestation are visible droppings, a strong and unpleasant odor and oval-shaped eggs in hidden locations.

Cockroach droppings will be visible during an infestation; the quantity of visible feces is oftentimes a good indicator of the level or duration of roach infestation.

 

Risks of cockroaches

Like most household pests, cockroaches are known to contaminate food.

Another issue with them is their fast rate of breeding, arguably one of the fastest. A small problem may quickly become a full blown infestation if not handled promptly and professionally.

Exposure to cockroach feces and the body parts of dead roaches over time can even trigger allergies and asthma especially in children and sensitive individuals.

Another disturbing fact about cockroaches is that these pests are extremely adaptable and may even be resistant to some home extermination methods.

 

Controlling cockroaches

While cockroaches are one of the most common pest problems, they are also one of the stubbornest. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in a host of areas, breed quickly, have a very high reproductive potential and may develop resistance to pesticides.

Getting rid of roaches and keeping them out of your home or building is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. The length of time it takes to rid your home of a cockroach infestation depends largely upon species and size of infestation. Many over-the-counter products homeowners utilize often prove ineffective against a cockroach infestation. These pests are extremely adaptable and may even be resistant to some home extermination methods.

At Intex, we will deploy our signature modus operandi which provides an effective strategy for pest control of roaches and other pests by providing the right solutions.

If you believe you have identified a cockroach infestation within your home or business, contact us today to discuss inspection and customized solutions.

Let us stop the cockroaches wreaking havoc on your home coz we know how!

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