You’ve just gotten home from the grocery store. You’re tired after an exhausting day. You reach for the door of your pantry to put away some bread. Casually you flip a switch, and then you let out a surprised yelp as half a dozen cockroaches scurry away from the light.
Cockroaches are among the most iconic of common household pests. These hard little pests are famous for their tenacity and ability to survive anything and everywhere. There’s even a common belief that cockroaches will be the only thing to survive a nuclear apocalypse. And even worse is that cockroaches ’ tenacity allows them to be a problem all year round.
Cockroach infestations are easy to get and hard to get rid of. Cockroaches are simple creatures who can be found wherever there is enough food or moisture for them to propagate. A messy home or leaky pipes can be a perfect breeding ground for them. However, the tough truth is that human homes in general are a perfect environment for cockroaches, even if they are kept clean. The controlled climates, cracks and crevices, and food in the pantries of a human home can provide a cockroach everything they need to fester and grow.
A good general rule of thumb with cockroaches is that the more you see them, the more you need to call a professional pest control specialist. Cockroaches are nocturnal and will avoid the light. If you’re seeing cockroaches, odds are they have been pushed out of all the good hiding places by other roaches.
Cockroach’s most obvious risk is the spoiling of food. No one wants to eat food with cockroaches in it. Another big risk scientists have proven is that a cockroach infestation can aggravate allergies. Add to all that is the fact that cockroaches can make a home start to smell. Combine all those, and it’s easy to see why the cockroach has been such an iconic pest.