The typical response to the word “roach” is usually “Yuck!” Roaches are disease-carrying, nasty insects. And to add insult to injury, cockroaches multiply at astounding rates.
Cockroaches Multiply and ‘Intrude’
Roaches travel in packs, but the actual word to call a group of roaches is amazingly appropriate: “Intrusion.” We agree; a group of roaches is definitely an intrusion.
Each roach egg produces one roach but some species of female roaches lay as many as 48 eggs at a time. Some females don’t even need a male to reproduce. One research project studied fifteen virgin female cockroaches. Over a period of time, the small population of 15 females increased to 1,000 roaches.
In addition to their overwhelming numbers, mass migrations by cockroaches have occurred. These insects are nocturnal creatures, so if you see a roach in your house during the day, you likely have an infestation.
How Cockroaches Invade Our Space
Cockroaches like moist, dank, dark places. Outdoors, you’ll find them in mulch and woodpiles. Most of us have a live-and-let-live attitude about the bugs that dwell outside. It’s when they wander indoors – into our homes and businesses – that we become less-than tolerant.
American cockroaches are considered “peridomestic.” This means they adapt equally to living in and outside homes. They enter properties through sewer plumbing and from shrubbery located near houses. They like to dwell in dark, dampish areas near plumbing fixtures, in attics, beneath or within a building (basements, cabinets, etc.).
Roaches are Evolving; That’s a Bad Thing
In June 2019, Science magazine delivered some bad news. The day property owners and their pest control professionals feared may be approaching: German cockroaches are becoming resistant to chemical insecticides.
Because cockroaches multiply so rapidly, the insecticide-resistant gene is passed down quickly. Scientists are now playing beat-the-clock. They are experimenting with pest control treatments and applications to which these pesky pests have lower resistance. Additional genetic testing may eventually lead to a future fix.
Back to the Future
Humans battling forces of nature is as old as humankind itself, so you can view your pest problem as a type of primeval quest. It’s us vs. them, and we will prevail.
Future pest control strategies may include “integrated pest management,” says science journalist Kelly Mayes. “Talk about a nightmare!” she concludes. “…At least for the roaches.”
Pest control professionals may combine some kind of vacuuming process, chemical treatments, and traps. But for now, we can deliver effective, safe, environmentally sound pest control to Phoenix communities.
You Don’t Have to Live with Roaches
Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination recommends routine services to keep roaches and other uninvited critters out of your home or office. For over 25 years our family-owned company has served neighborhoods in and near:
- Cave Creek
- Fountain Hills
- Litchfield Park
- Paradise Valley
- Sun City
We have a lot in common with you: We live and work in or near Phoenix, we want a good quality of life, and we deserve honest service delivery. We also hate roaches, as much or more than you do.
Cockroach elimination is something we are passionate about. Contact Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination today, and let’s get rid of your cockroaches before they multiply.