Fascinating Tidbits about Cockroaches

You’ve seen cockroaches. You know they generally hide in dark, damp nooks and corners in the house. They tend to multiply fast and can withstand unforgiving conditions. Cockroaches are also known to eat anything just to survive. No matter how harsh the environment may be, they will adapt.

It’s a given that cockroaches are relentless, cunning, and persistent. They will do just about anything just to continue to live. But how much do you really know about cockroaches? Here are some of the fascinating facts about this common household pest.

Did you know not all cockroaches are pests per se? Mainstream TV and movies depict roaches as a filthy, disgusting insect that invades and contaminates human dwellings. But can you believe only 30 out of 4,000 species of cockroaches share living spaces with humans? These 30 varieties are what we commonly see in dark alleys or dirty apartments or categorise as pests. The rest of the cockroach types live in caves, burrows, and forests.

To survive, cockroaches will eat anything. When food is not available, they can hold their hunger and live without food for longer periods, even reaching up to 6 weeks. As the saying goes, “Beggars can’t be choosers,” cockroaches aren’t picky eaters. However, they do have their preferences, desiring the sweet stuff. But when food is yet to be had, they will dig into what they find; be it glue or grease, soap or paste, leather or hair.

Can you believe cockroaches have walked among dinosaurs? Experts say these insects have lived since 200 to 350 million years ago.

Did you know cockroaches like the feeling of being hug? Seeking tiny crevices, these insects will squeeze their bodies through these cracks or holes for a snug fit; so tight a fit that cockroaches can crawl through an opening as thin as a dime.

To protect their eggs, female cockroaches will encase them with a thick protective layer called the ootheca. German cockroaches, for instance, can enclose as many as 40 eggs. The incubation process is also facilitated by this shield.

While humans get their vitamins in the form of pills or capsules, cockroaches have their fix from the bacteria that live on their bodies. It’s a symbiotic relationship. It’s an arrangement where the cockroach-host gets to dine on its guest in exchange for the accommodation it provides.

Can you imagine literally losing your head? Cockroaches have the unique ability to live for days or weeks despite severing their heads. Scientists have delved into this fascinating phenomenon by lopping off a cockroach’s head and discovered that its legs still react to stimuli weeks thereafter. There are 2 main reasons for this: (1) a roach’s head isn’t vital as to how it functions, and (2) it won’t normally die due to “bleeding out.” Its death, however, may result due to dehydration or mould.

The biggest cockroach variety is called the megaloblatta longipennis, which has a wingspan of about 7 inches. On the other hand, the rhinoceros cockroach can weigh up to 33 grammes.

If you don’t want to share your home with a cockroach infestation, call on the professionals for effective pest control solutions against these insects.


Rat Infestation: Signs of Rats and What You Need To Do

How to Get Rid of RatsRodents are among the ruthless and feared pests that homeowners deal with. Creeping out from a dark spot, it evokes emotions of dread, horror, and revulsion. While not venomous, rats bring a different kind of terror and aversion. What do you do when you realise you have rats at home?

Known for their ability to stay out of plain sight, rats are highly elusive, confining themselves in attics, basements, or dark areas of the house. No matter how tiny the cracks or crevices on walls or ceilings, they will exploit these openings to gain entry into homes. Their reason: for food and warmth.

Driven by instinct, rats look upon houses with favour since these are the places where they can get something to eat. Homes also provide comfort and warmth, especially during the cold weather. Unfortunately, for us, we have to deal with their destructive behaviour.

Rats will contaminate our food as they make their way in the kitchen and have their fill. When edible items are not available, they will gnaw on anything on their path. When confronted, they can get aggressive and fight back. Rodents are also known to carry fleas, lice, and disease-causing germs. One of the common diseases is the Hantavirus—a deadly condition that has a high mortality rate.

Preventing Rat Infestation

Finding rats at home is a very distressing encounter. Deterrence at the get-go is the key. If you want to avoid having rodents, it is important to keep your home tidy. Clean up the clutter and trim the overgrown plants that serve as comfortable areas for rats to dwell in.

Rats are attracted to the smell of food. To prevent the scent from escaping, proper storage of food is crucial. Sealing the cracks and crevices on walls or openings along the ceiling and roof is critical to the prevention of rat infestation.

If you find a single rat in your home, chances are it’s not alone. There may be more festering around. Upon encountering one, it might be a good idea to explore the vicinity and find out where they might be hiding.

Rats commonly live and breed in dark nooks and packed corners like underneath the floorboards, behind the walls, or up in the attic. They may also be present near the furniture or kitchen cabinets. Where food is abundant, they will frequent the kitchen.

Tell-tale Signs of Rat Presence

Ever notice tiny droppings in your home? Got a whiff of a distinct, weird smell? Heard noises resembling tiny steps coming from the attic or behind the walls? Spotted chew marks on your clothes or things in the house?

Rats tend to poop and urinate in places where they have established their colony. Those tiny footsteps you hear are from rodents as they navigate through your home. Chew marks are another tell-tale sign as these creatures feed where no edible items are in sight. It’s unsettling that they will also chew on wires, which contribute to the danger of electrical or structural damage.

When you suspect or have seen rats in your home, look for professional help right away. With timely pest control, you can avert a full-blown infestation problem and stop before the situation gets worse.