Roaches, or cockroaches, are an age-old pest known for their resilience and adaptability. Successfully combatting a roach infestation requires understanding the habits of these creatures and applying this knowledge to their control. This blog post aims to shed light on some of these habits and how we at Home Run Pest & Termite Control use this knowledge to protect your home.
Habit 1: Roaches Love the Dark
Roaches are primarily nocturnal creatures. They forage for food at night, which is why you may suddenly see them scuttle away when you switch on the lights. They use the day to hide in dark, cozy areas. This can be behind appliances, inside cabinets, cracks, crevices, or any cluttered space. To combat this, we provide treatments that target these hiding spots and eliminate roaches from their safe havens.
Habit 2: Roaches Breed Rapidly
A single female roach can produce an average of 150 offspring in her lifetime. This rapid reproduction rate can quickly turn a small roach problem into a full-blown infestation. At Home Run Pest & Termite Control, we prioritize finding and treating the roach breeding areas to halt the growth of the infestation effectively.
Habit 3: Roaches are Scavengers
Roaches are not picky eaters. While they prefer starchy food substances, cereals, sugar products, cheese, grease and meat, they can consume a variety of organic matter. This includes cardboard, glue, leather, and even hair. A key part of our roach control strategy involves advising homeowners on how to eliminate food sources to make their homes less attractive to roaches.
Habit 4: Roaches Seek Moisture
Roaches need water to survive and are often found in damp areas like kitchens and bathrooms. In drier climates, they may even seek water from the condensation on pipes. Our team is skilled at identifying these moisture-rich areas in your home and applying appropriate treatments.
Habit 5: Roaches can Squeeze into Tight Spaces
Roaches have flexible exoskeletons that allow them to squeeze into very tight spaces—something they are known for. They will often hide and breed in these spaces, making them difficult to reach with traditional sprays. To combat this, we employ specialized treatments, such as non-repellent pesticide gel baits, that are designed to infiltrate these areas and eliminate roaches.
Habit 6: Roaches are Resilient
Roaches have earned a reputation for being resilient. They can survive for up to a week without their heads, can hold their breath for 40 minutes, and can go without food for a month. This resilience makes them difficult to eliminate with DIY methods. At Home Run Pest & Termite Control, we use professional-grade pesticides and proven techniques to ensure the complete eradication of roaches from your home.
Understanding the habits of roaches is the first step to controlling them effectively. It allows us to predict their behavior, locate their hiding spots, and apply treatments that will be most effective. At Home Run Pest & Termite Control, we combine this knowledge with our experience and expertise to provide you with a roach-free home. Remember, if you spot a roach, there are likely many more hiding just out of sight. Don’t let a minor problem become a major infestation. Contact us today for a professional roach control consultation.