Can cockroaches survive a nuclear attack?
Why did I google this anyway?
The topic of this blog was meant to be “Can cockroaches survive a nuclear attack?”. It didn’t take long to find out the answer to that is no, according to this article and many others. You could probably guess that this topic has been studied by everyone from scientists to extreme game show participants and many in between.
Well that was easy.
After discovering so quickly that roaches would not survive a nuclear blast, I felt the need to press on. Have you ever seen something so gross and disgusting that you felt like you needed to take a bath just from seeing it? That’s how I felt after researching cockroaches this week. There were just so many grossly compelling questions following the old nuclear attack one, I had to google on.
What is one thing you have ever googled and then regretted? For me, it was what happens if you step on a cockroach. For the record, baby roaches don’t go running, and that’s a relief. But unfortunately, I continued reading. When you step on or “squish” a cockroach, it’s eggs are not released. That’s because it’s eggs are stored in a hard shell, all around your house! Did I mention they multiply quickly?
Oh, it gets worse.
More google regret came when I clicked on “what happens if you put a cockroach in the microwave?”. First of all, I think we should ask why anyone would put a roach in a microwave. I digress. Cockroaches are cold blooded and can live without food for a week. They also have very little body water, so they can survive a long amount of time in a microwave oven. That’s also why they can only survive one week without water. You can read more about this here if you need further motivation to take a shower.
It’s not over.
“How to prevent cockroaches” has suddenly moved up in my search. A few things you can do at home include getting rid of dirty dishes in the sink, garbage, pet food on the floor and leftover food sitting out. Of course, after reading way too many articles about cockroaches this week, even I know that the cleanest house on Earth is still susceptible to roaches. You can clean, remove excess moisture from your home, seal up cracks. Haul off your newspapers and cardboard, mop frequently, declutter, wash dishes…are you tired yet? This is going to take teamwork.
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It’s Not All About Insecticides
The thought of a cockroach crawling through your home probably sends shivers down your spine. You have good reason to dislike cockroaches-they have been known to transfer disease pathogens such as bacteria. They can even aggravate people that suffer with asthma because of their frequent shedding of their exoskeleton.
Cockroaches rapidly reproduce, with each of their egg capsules containing up to 48 eggs. Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal, so they prefer darkness. Venturing out of hiding is dangerous for a cockroach, so they often feed within a few feet of where they live.
All of that said, if you see a few cockroaches in your home, you likely have many more hiding under the stove or in wall voids. Many would think that spraying, and lots of it is the best answer if you have a roach infestation. Applying a liquid insecticide can be important, but by no means is that the first step in roach control.
Why call a pest professional?
Seeing a cockroach should make you want to call the exterminator. The correct treatment makes all the difference with cockroaches. For example, DIY treatments can drive roaches to hide deeper rather than come out and contact the insecticide you have sprayed. A professional knows the best course of treatment and is educated on the varieties of roaches. Baits usually provide better control of roaches, but effectiveness of baits depends on the specific roaches you are dealing with.
Cockroaches often thrive in moist environments and are sometimes referred to as water bugs. However, other conditions can encourage a roach infestation, so don’t focus on moisture alone. Species of roach, conducive conditions, what to apply, and many other factors can make roach control a frustrating DIY project. Rely on our trained, professional technicians to provide relief from roaches, ants, spiders and more. Our Pest 360 program is our most popular solution to your pest control needs. Whether you need pest services in Oxford, Tupelo, Pontotoc or Hernando, contact us today for an estimate.