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Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About Them

449px Cockroach closeup 224x300 Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About ThemMost people would agree that cockroaches are the creepiest of the creepy crawlers. You catch sight of them out of the corner of your eye as they go scurrying off somewhere. Finding a roach in your kitchen sends you on a cleaning spree that means pulling everything out of cupboards and off the counters. There is a lot of information out there about these critters, some of it true but some of it myth.

TRUTHS

Headless Wonders
It is true that a cockroach can live without its head. They can live up to a week without their heads because they have an open circulatory system and can breathe through holes in each segment of their body. However, without a mouth they cannot drink water and eventually die of thirst.

Not A Drowning Victim
Cockroaches can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes. If you try to drown them, they can be held underwater and survive for up to half an hour. Holding their breath for long periods of time allows roaches to regulate their water loss, so they have developed the ability to hold their breathe for long periods.

Basics
Cockroaches have been around for a long time. It is believed that cockroaches first appeared in the Carboniferous Period, which makes their species more than 280 million years old. There are a little over 4,000 varieties of roaches worldwide. The two most common types are the German and American cockroaches.

MYTHS

Cockroaches Live Only in Dirty Houses
Most people believe that roaches only live in dirty houses. Colonies of roaches can be found in the walls of even clean homes. However, the colonies of cockroaches are typically larger in dirty homes, because they find more bountiful food supplies in dirty homes.

Party All Night Long
Many believe that cockroaches are active all night long. While they are nocturnal animals, roaches are only active for about 4 hours each night, although, these creepy houseguests can be seen at other times of the day and night.

Lights Out!
Cockroaches prefer the dark; however, they are not actually afraid of the light. The reason they scurry when the lights come on is that the light means that humans have arrived on the scene.

UNDECIDED

Nuclear Cockroaches
You have heard it many times. Cockroaches are going to be the only survivors of a nuclear war or that after testing of nuclear weapons that the only survivors were roaches. Some scientists believe that they will survive, while others argue that they will not survive.

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Steps to Identify a Cockroach Infestation

German Roach 300x192 Steps to Identify a Cockroach InfestationNo family wants to find out that their home has become a breeding ground for cockroaches. Cockroaches can spread diseases, especially those affecting the stomach and intestines, and be a general nuisance. Homeowners can take several steps to determine whether they are dealing with a cockroach infestation.

 

Live Cockroaches

First, they should be on the lookout for live cockroaches. Most of the time, cockroaches hide during the day because they are nocturnal creatures. However, if the pest problem is big enough, they may be seen in their favorite hiding places even during the day. Homeowners may particularly notice cockroaches in places that are warm and moist, such as behind or under large kitchen appliances, in crawlspaces or attics and in sinks or drains. They also frequently hide in narrow spots, such as under rugs and in cracks in walls and floors. Cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped bodies measuring up to two inches long, six legs, antennae and brown or black coloring.

Casings

Second, even if the homeowner does not see any live roaches, he or she may notice their casings lying around the home. This is one of the most typical signs that there is an infestation. The casings appear after a roach hatches from its egg. It then leaves the thin brown casing behind. The casings, also called oothecae, are usually oval-shaped and can be found scattered in somewhat difficult to see places on the floor, such as behind furniture.

Brown of Black Feces

Third, homeowners may notice small unexplainable brown or black specks on their floors or belongings. This is often feces that is inherent in a cockroach infestation. The amount of feces that is seen may indicate how big of a roach problem the homeowner has. Most feces will look similar to coffee grounds although larger roaches may produce larger, cylindrical feces.

Musty Scent

Finally, homeowners with a cockroach problem may notice a telltale smell. The smell, which is often a musty scent, comes from the bodies of many cockroaches. However, the smell can do more than simply irritate one’s nose; it may also penetrate food that is left out on tables or counters.

Homeowners in North Carolina who notice any of these common cockroach problems should contact Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control. A pest control professional can inspect the home thoroughly and outline a plan for elimination. With today’s excellent methods of cockroach extermination, no one needs to live with these unwelcome pests.

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Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Does Pouring Bleach Down the Drain Stop Roaches from Using It for Travel

Cockroach American 300x181 Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Does Pouring Bleach Down the Drain Stop Roaches from Using It for TravelThe last thing you want to see as you stumble into the kitchen for breakfast is a roach skittering around in your sink. The shock will wake you up faster than any cup of coffee ever will, but the knowledge that roaches are using your drains as a sort of highway could turn the strongest of stomachs. These pests carry diseases with them and can live in between the walls of your home as well as your pipes.

You might have heard that you can pour bleach down your drains in order to stop roaches from using your plumbing to roam around your house. Most people know that bleach sprays can be used to kill errant roaches that skitter around your floors. In a desperate situation, you might be ready to put an entire jug of Clorox down your bathtub drain, but does it really work?

Bleach can kill roaches on contact, so pouring it down a drain will really only work if your plumbing is full of the pests. As roaches like to be close to a source of water, you could kill them and flush them out of your drains using this method. Following it up with a few cups of boiling water can catch any roaches that might have survived the bleach.

You need to be very careful about how and when you use bleach, as it is corrosive and toxic to humans just as it is to pests. If you pour it down your sink or into your toilet bowl, make sure that you keep a nearby window open for ventilation and that you do not get any bleach in your mouth or eyes. Wash your hands as thoroughly as possible after you are done, and store the bleach away from children or pets.

So as it turns out, using bleach to keep your drains roach-free might be a good idea. However, carefully pouring bleach down a drain is an efficient short term solution if you have spotted a few roaches in your sinks or your toilet and you can kill them immediately. If you have a full-blown infestation, you will definitely need to get in touch with a professional instead. Misusing bleach in an attempt to kill the roaches in your home could end up causing you harm as well.

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