Roach Extermination - How to Exterminate Roaches


Cockroaches are one of the oldest species on earth. They have existed for about 350 million years---and have not changed much since then. They originated in hot climates and are still concentrated there, playing an important role in the decomposition of decaying organic matter. They are easily recognized by their broad, flattened body with a grease-like sheen, long, flexible antennae, and two sets of wings (not all fly, however). Cockroaches live about four to fourteen months. A female can produce approximately 150 live offspring in an eight-month period. Trying to figure out how to exterminate roaches is an overwhelming task.

Cockroaches like warm, moist environments. They move alarmingly fast, can jump and sometimes fly. If present in large numbers, a distinctly unpleasant odor may occur, a result of pheromones they emit for swarming and mating. Roaches are nocturnal; they hide during the day in dark cupboards, drawers, food pantries, behind appliances and in cracks and crevices in walls and flooring. They are most active at night, feeding around garbage cans, sinks, bathroom drains and stoves. Once cockroaches infest a home or business they continue to multiply. Even without a ready food source, cockroaches can live up to a month or more or survive by eating book bindings, furniture, glue, soap, paint, dead insects, and fecal matter. Roach extermination is somewhat difficult; they have few biological enemies and are resilient enough to survive occasional freezing temperatures. They have been known to survive under water for as long as one half hour.

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