Cockroaches: 4 Disturbing Facts You Didn't Know

Few things generate a call to Best Pest Control as fast as a roach infestation. These insects may be thought to be only associated with dirty, neglected homes, but often that isn't the case. The Lake of the Ozarks' best pest control company has seen cockroaches in all kinds of places - including clean houses! Here are a few facts surrounding cockroaches.

1. Cockroaches Can Live In Clean Homes Too
Cockroaches are often thought to infest only dirty, unkept, and disorganized homes. While they prefer dark and damp places, cockroaches don't particularly have a preference: they can enter even the most pristine of homes. While a home may look like it belongs on a magazine cover, many people bring roaches into their homes by accident. They can enter from cardboard boxes, grocery bags, or ride in from someone else's house. They can also live in the walls! Seeing one cockroach does not necessarily mean you have an infestation. If there isn't an easy food supply or shelter, the roach may simply leave the home in search of a more suited environment. Cockroaches are found more in “less clean” homes because there is a larger food supply and a higher chance of shelter.

2. Cockroaches Are Resilient Creatures 
They can go without air for 45 minutes. They can also go without food for several weeks and can survive on nearly nothing. This makes it exceptionally difficult to determine when an infestation occurred. Amazingly, a cockroach can even survive for weeks without its head! A headless roach will survive until it starves or is eliminated.

3. Roaches Can Feel Your Presence
Cockroaches always seem to know exactly how to avoid being caught. This leads people to believe they have eyes behind their heads. In truth, they have tiny hairs all over their bodies which allow them to perceive how air moves around them. This gives them the ability to "feel" your presence.

4. Cockroaches Can Bite, But Rarely Do
Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches (at least, the ones you may have seen) aren’t aggressive and will only bite in extreme circumstances. They are capable of biting, especially in the event of severe infestations. Larger cockroaches found outside have been known to bite humans. The most serious cases of bites have been on large ships. Cockroaches would get so large they would eventually even try gnawing on the skin and nails of sailors on board! Thankfully, this is an extreme case and the common house roach never gets that big.

Call Best Pest Control To Eliminate Those Cockroaches!
Roaches elicit a much larger fear response than they deserve, but that doesn't mean you should let them stay in your home! Mid-Missouri's #1 pest control company understands that even your clean house can have a roach problem. Let us help you eliminate the problem before it gets any worse. We're experts when it comes to getting rid of pests and creatures you'd rather not see. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks will even give you a free estimate on eliminating the problem!


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