When you think of pests, you think of "annoying" or "nuisance." In some cases, you might even consider them to be a danger. One pest that is both is the cockroach. While there are over 30 species of cockroach, the three species Houston homeowners need to be aware of are: the German, American, and Oriental cockroaches. Keep reading to find out why these pests are not only annoying, but dangerous and how GreenForce Pest Solutions can help you get rid of them for good!
When you think of pests, you think of "annoying" or "nuisance." In some cases, you might even consider them to be a danger. One pest that is both is the cockroach. While there are over 30 species of cockroach, the three species Houston homeowners need to be aware of are:
- German Cockroach: Only making it up to 1/2" an inch in length and light brown in color, this breed is commonly found indoors. They're also known to reproduce rapidly, which ensures any infestation is one that is large in number. The German cockroach will seek out the damp and warm areas of your home.
- American Cockroach: Much bigger than the previous breed, these roaches can grow up to 3 inches long. They also have wings that enable them to fly. If you're not sure if it's the American cockroach, they can be further identified by their dark red or brown coloring and figure eight marking on their heads.
- Oriental Cockroach: This cockroach is a shiny black color and prefers to access buildings via cracks or sewer lines. They're known to feed on garbage and other decayed matter.
Part of what makes these three species of cockroach so troublesome is what makes all species a pain. They are extraordinarily formidable and adaptable to their environment. They eat food that other pests wouldn't seek granting them access to food that wouldn't otherwise be considered food. This is in part because they possess a gene that enables detoxification enzymes specifically designed to ensure they're safe from whatever they eat.
What Makes Them Truly Dangerous?
It's not a secret that cockroaches are gross. However, they are much worse than that. Their disgusting habits and behaviors are exactly what makes them so dangerous for humans. Cockroaches like to crawl over the garbage and even fecal matter. As such, pathogens and bacteria cling to the cockroach as they travel to other locations such as your Houston home.
This results in several illnesses being associated with cockroaches including salmonellosis, cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery gastroenteritis, leprosy, plague, E. coli, and listeriosis to name a few. Besides diseases, cockroaches also trigger allergic reactions and asthma, especially in children.
They're Hard To Prevent And Remove
The general rule with pests of any kind is that prevention is better than control. This is because removal is difficult to accomplish. This holds true for cockroaches, but that's easier said than done for many reasons including:
- Resilience: This pest can live without their head for up to a week. They can hold their breath for over 40 minutes and can survive being submerged in water for 30 of those minutes. Even worse is that some species can withstand extreme cold. Basically, they are just short of invincible.
- Small Size: Prevention is such a challenge because cockroaches are so small. This enables them to slip into cracks and crevices the size of the thickness of a quarter. That's pretty small.
- Speed: Cockroaches are hard to catch and remove thanks in part to their speed. They reach speeds of up to three miles an hour with newborns being slightly slower. Good luck cornering them.
- Offbeat Feeding Habits: Not only are they omnivores, but they're tough when it comes to food and drink. They can live for a month without eating and a week without water. You'll have an easier time dehydrating them than you would starving them out.
- Rapid Reproduction: Cockroaches live short lives compared to us, but they spend a lot of that time reproducing. Their egg capsules contain anywhere from 16 to as many as 48 eggs depending on the species. That's a lot of cockroaches to deal with.
Remove The Cockroaches With GreenForce Pest Solutions
When cockroaches or other pests threaten your safety and comfort, the best thing to do is rely on the assistance of trained professionals to solve the problem. Over the years, we have built a reputation for exceptional service backed by superior results, so why not chose us for expert cockroach removal? Our team will be there for you to ensure you enjoy a pest-free living going forward.