Cockroaches have been around for a long time. The fossil record shows signs of roaches going back as far as 350 million years. You don’t get to survive that long on this planet without being hard to kill!
Some cockroach facts to be aware of
German cockroaches are the fastest reproducing species of pest roaches. A single female and her offspring can produce over 30,000 individuals within a year. Cockroaches can live anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months without food or water depending on the species. Considerable health risks are caused by cockroaches contaminating food and triggering asthma/allergy attacks.
How to prevent cockroaches
While you should always contact pest control professionals if you have an active infestation of cockroaches, there are steps you can take to prevent cockroaches from gaining entry to your home or business.
- Eliminate food sources – store dry foods in tightly sealed containers or plastic bags and do not leave food sitting out on counters. Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets.
- Clear all waste food and liquid spillage – clean up food debris from food preparation areas, under sinks and appliances. Empty garbage cans on a daily basis and keep all garbage or compost in sealed bins.
- Remove pet food – and drink and litter trays before nightfall.
- Rinse cans, bottles and plastics – before putting them in recycling bins.
- De-clutter – remove old stacks of newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes and all other forms of clutter from the floor or bottom of cupboards.
- Varnish or paint wood shelves – to seal them, and wipe them clean regularly.
- Seal entry points – to deny access to cockroaches. Key risks are gaps around pipes, drains and common walls with neighboring properties. Tiny cracks around skirting boards and behind electrical sockets should also be plugged.