Fast, Furious, and Ferociously Gross

2017-03-07T13:14:45+00:00

It’s the beginning of August, which means new leases are starting and lots of moving in and out of homes and apartments. While this can be very exciting, it can also be stressful.

Why stressful? Imagine being a new tenant, going around and filling out the move-in problems form, when you unexpectedly find a family of cockroaches underneath your sink, fridge, or laundry machines. This happened to a close friend of mine as they moved in this past week.

Cockroaches are not only an issue because they’re creepy, gross looking, fast running, and can live without heads, but they’re also an extreme health hazard. Unknown by many, cockroaches flare up allergies (especially those with asthma) through proteins they produce, their fecal matter trails, and decaying molted exoskeletons. Cockroaches also carry bacteria that can spread diseases as they crawl over food and surfaces in the home.

If the health issues weren’t bad enough, cockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on the planet. They can live without water and their heads for a week, food for a month, and eat almost anything (that’s not an exaggeration, they will eat anything from human food, to plants, to fecal matter). Since water is more pertinent to cockroaches over food, it’s most common to find cockroaches in places with pipes and drains, such as under your sinks, and in your kitchen and laundry room.

On top of cockroaches’ adaptability, they reproduce at an insanely fast pace. Mother cockroaches can lay about 30-50 eggs at a time, and they take only 20-30 days to hatch. So don’t ever be fooled: if you see one cockroach, there are probably dozens upon dozens hiding somewhere else.

With all the facts in, it’s safe to say that cockroaches are not an easy home-remedy fix. Due to their adaptability, rapid reproduction rate, and health problems they cause, it’s important to take action as soon as one is found. To prevent the problem from getting worse, make sure you keep your house clean by taking out all trash, sanitizing all surfaces, and keep food in sealed and dry. After those preventive methods have been taken, it’s critical to call pest control, such as your local and friendly bug guys at 855bugs.com, because your health, family, and home are our number one priority.

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