One of the smallest creatures of the world that have survived through time and evolution is a cockroach.
Cockroaches are believed to be living in this world since 320 million years ago. They are also capable of withstanding all kinds of environments, so you may spot them in the cold regions of the Arctic at temperatures of -122°C as well as in the hot tropical climatic zones.
Although they are generally harmless, they are considered repulsive because they are capable of causing diseases and allergies in human beings. They bring with them bacteria and germs. Also, their cast-off skin and waste byproducts contaminate food articles. Thereby, cockroaches are responsible for spreading dangerous diseases like typhoid, diphtheria, dysentery, salmonella food poisoning, eczema, asthma, gastroenteritis, and allergies. Cockroaches may also create irritating sounds and unpleasant odors.
The worst part is that their hardiness makes it very challenging to control them. Cockroaches are omnivorous and feed on a wide range of items, including human and pet food, leather, boards, dead insects, paper, etc. They are also capable of surviving without food and water for up to a month’s time. There are some varieties of cockroaches, which can survive without breathing for as long as 45 minutes. Their resilience makes them one of the most challenging pests. So, food exclusion and cleaning may not guarantee cockroach control. Therefore, while you may feel relaxed taking some precautionary measures, these vicious creatures still might continue to be your parasite.
How to control them?
There are various measures suggested for DIY cockroach control but there is no evidence of their effectiveness and success. As mentioned above, they are extremely hardy and tolerant by nature and they reproduce quickly. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to eradicate them. Also, they are basically nocturnal in nature, which means the few you spot during daytime are only a sample of a possibly bigger infestation around you. Therefore, how much ever vigilant you might be, your success in controlling them may turn out to be futile in the long run.
The commonly suggested methods of using pesticides and electronic pest control devices have not shown any effective results even in laboratory experiments. In fact, pesticides can cause harm to the resident human beings more due to their poisonous chemical content.
Cockroach control is best done by professionals. Cockroach exterminators have the right kind of knowledge, experience, and equipment to do the dirty job for you hassle-free and effectively, so this issue doesn’t recur. Professional exterminators follow a series of steps, including inspection of the vicinity, identification, preparation, treatment, and follow-up visits. When the infestation is a large scale, the exterminators choose to do integrated pest management, which offers a combination of various techniques to control cockroaches.