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Cockroaches pose a lot of risk to the health of your family. But how dangerous are cockroaches exactly? Here are some of the myths surrounding the dangers of these household pests and the truth behind them.
Cockroaches eat almost anything.
Answer: True. Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers.
This means that their diet consists of any organic food source that they get their legs and mouths on. They do prefer meats, sweets and starchy foods and have been found to eat paper byproducts and decaying matter. Basically, anything that you eat in your kitchen is also appealing to cockroaches.
Do cockroaches only invade dirty homes?
Answer: Cockroaches can infest any home where it can get food and water.
Indeed, dirty and cluttered homes are very attractive places for roaches to settle in. However, cockroaches will still enter clean homes in their search for water and food sources. As long as there are cracks and other entry points that they can use to enter your home, they will use it. A dirty home only makes it easier for them to settle down and enter.
Can cockroaches live for decades?
Answer: The lifespan of cockroaches vary across species. Their complete life cycle ranges from a couple of months to a few years.
Cockroaches are resilient creatures. These insects can live without food and water for a month. Cockroaches can even live up to a week without its head.
Are small cockroaches not dangerous?
Answer: Yes. Cockroach sizes vary across species but that does not mean that size is proportional to the danger they possess.
For instance, one of the smaller household pests is the German cockroach. This species of cockroach is common in warmer climates and can be difficult to eradicate once they already infested your home. They reproduce so fast and produce waste that can cause severe breathing problems. In heavy infestations, only a pest control expert can fully eradicate them.
Do cockroaches bite?
Answer: Cockroaches are not likely to bite humans. However, if there is a heavy infestation and the food sources cannot sustain the population, they may try to bite humans.
Do cockroaches only come at night?
Answer: False. Cockroaches are indeed nocturnal creatures which means they are active at night. But that does not mean they don’t come out during the day.
However, when you see roaches scampering about during the day, it means that the population cannot be sustained by the food they get during the day. Call a pest control expert immediately to deal with them.