Cockroaches transmit diseases, contaminate food, and induce allergies. If you live in a multi-unit building & someone in your building has them, then you Have Them Too. Your home is an ideal breeding ground for most species of cockroaches. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.
Less toxic methods work best to control cockroaches
Sealing cracks and using bait traps rather than periodic pesticide applications to control cockroaches lowers people’s exposures to unhealthy toxic chemicals and allergens that can lead to asthma.
- Can survive a month or more without food, but less than two weeks without water.
- Have an odor that may permeate items with which they come in contact.
- Can transmit bacteria and organisms responsible for diseases in humans including food poisoning, cholera, dysentery, salmonellosis and strep.
- Exposure to cockroach allergens is a major health concern for asthmatic children.
HABITAT : They are most active at night and hide in dark crevices during the day. If you see cockroaches during the day, the population may be high and the available harborage is full or food and moisture are in short supply resulting in daytime foraging. Cockroaches prefer to stay close to moisture and food and are generally found in the kitchens and bathrooms.
LIFE CYCLE : Cockroaches are highly successful due to the high rate of reproduction. The female carries the egg capsule protruding from the rear of her abdomen until the eggs are ready to hatch. Each egg capsule will contain 30-48 nymphs (young). It takes 28 days from the initial formation of the egg capsule until it hatches. Formation of the next egg capsule usually begins within 2 weeks. Nymphs require as little as 40 days to become a mature adult. Adult cockroaches of most species can live up to one year.