How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches – Your Complete Guide

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Welcome to our guide about eliminating cockroaches for good!  Why are they so hard to get rid of, anyway?

Let’s kick things off with this little tribute to how hard they are to kill, just so we know what we’re up against.

Yeah, right.  So, yes.  Ok.  Damn them.  Can withstand 900 times their body weight in pressure?  Can run 50 body lengths per second?  Whatever shall we do?

Don’t worry, we know what to do.

First, we have included a table of contents here so things are easy to navigate.  Just click what topic you want to know more about.

How to get rid of cockroaches?

  1. What are cockroaches and what do they look like?
  2. 5 interesting facts about cockroaches
  3. What attracts cockroaches to your home?
  4. Where do cockroaches nest in your home?
  5. Why do I have cockroaches in my clean house?
  6. Do cockroaches bite?
  7. Can cockroaches cause disease?
  8. 5 best ways to get rid of roaches
  9. What if there were no cockroaches?

…and you’re off and running like a roach in a drainage pipe!


What are cockroaches and what do they look like?

cockroach anatomy

Cockroaches are some of the most common pests found in houses. They usually inhabit houses and other buildings because those are the places they can easily find food. Cockroaches look for food in kitchens, drains, sewers, rubbish bins etc.

Cockroaches are categorized as insects whose body is flattened from top to bottom. They usually have two pairs of wings at their back, however most cockroach species are not capable of flying.

Their body color usually varies from brown to black.  Depending on the species, their body size varies anything from 2 or 3 mm to over 80 mm in length.


5 interesting facts about cockroaches

Here are 5 facts about cockroaches that will blow your mind.

Cockroaches are cannibals!

Yes, you read well! They are cannibals! Cockroaches will eat almost anything they find including fruit, vegetables, meat, feces.

Sometimes, they will even eat other cockroaches to fill their stomachs.  It is believed they become cannibals for two reasons, food and regulation.

If there is not enough food or cockroach infestations reach too large numbers, they will turn cannibals, gross right!?

Right.

A cockroach can live without its head!?

Cockroaches have open circulatory system, and they are not dependent on their mouth or head to breath. Instead they breathe through tiny holes spread over their body.

Cockroaches only die of thirst and hunger because without a mouth they can’t drink or feed themselves.

Cockroaches’ max speed is 3 miles per hour!?

Yes, Cockroaches are pretty fast. They can run up to three miles per hour, which is equal to the average walking speed of a human. This means cockroaches can spread germs and bacteria quickly.

Cockroaches can’t fly (sort of)

Although many species of cockroaches have wings, they can’t fly. Instead of using their wings to fly, cockroaches use them to glide over short distances.

Cockroaches can hold their breath for 30 minutes

Many studies have shown that cockroaches can hold their breath and survive underwater for over 30 minutes.

As they breathe through tiny holes spread over their body instead through their mouth, cockroaches can simply shut those holes and use the stored air to survive underwater for over 30 minutes.


What attracts cockroaches to your home?

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Your home is an attractive destination for cockroaches because it has everything cockroaches dream about.

Your home is a place roaches can easily find food. They will eat almost anything that has nutritional value, including crumbs, grease, sugar, meat, cheese.  Imagine your favourite restaurant, with everything served for free, including your favourite dishes.  And when cockroaches hear you scream, they just hear: “Bon Appetite!”

Your home also offers good protection against weather and provides cockroaches with plenty of space to nest and reproduce.  BTW, they don’t care about you living there or what your agenda is.  To them, you’re just a big slow creature that bumbles around preparing them food.


Where do cockroaches nest in your home?

Finding and cleaning cockroach nests will help you control an infestation and will help you get rid of them easily. As cockroaches like warm, moist, damp and tight spaces, it is suggested you start with these areas when looking for cockroach nests.

Nests are usually find in kitchen cabinets, behind kitchen appliances, near leaking pipes and confined spaces. Hit these places and you will hit cockroach headquarters!


Why do I have cockroaches in my clean house?

how to get rid of cockroaches

Finding cockroaches in your house doesn’t necessary mean your house is dirty. Cockroaches can be found in your house even if you clean it regularly. 

Cockroaches are experts in finding food and water without much trouble. This means they can thrive in many environments, including clean houses.  In fact, cleaner the better for them.  Lots of straightaways.


Do cockroaches bite?

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Yes, they do! Cockroaches are omnivores that eat almost anything.  They bite and feed on both, dead and alive humans.

When humans are alive, cockroaches usually bite them at night time during sleep, when we don’t move too much. When humans are dead…well, they still bite them.

Cockroach bites can cause irritation, lesions and swelling. In some cases, bites can also cause minor wound infections. However, cockroach bites don’t cause significant health issues.


Can cockroaches cause disease?

Since cockroaches are omnivores that eat a wide range of food, including rotting food and garbage, they can cause different diseases.

Unfortunately, cockroaches can carry salmonella or poliomyelitis which can cause Typhoid or Polio.

Cockroaches are also capable of causing Dysentery, a disease that causes severe diarrhea.


5 best ways to get rid of roaches

Getting rid of cockroaches can sometimes be a slow process. Here are some tips that will help you speed up the process:

  1. Keep your house clean and tidy.  Try to clean your house as often as possible. Wipe down the counters, don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink and make sure you store leftover food properly.
  2. Seal up cracks and holes.  Cockroaches tend to inhabit hidden and compact spaces, thus making them hard to detect. They can crawl through even the smallest holes and cracks in your hose. That’s why it’s important to seal all the potential entries into your home. The best way to seal cracks and holes is to use a tube of caulk and a caulking gun.
  3. Fix water leaks.  Cockroaches are attracted to moist and damp places. Cockroaches can survive months without food, but only few days without water. That’s why you will often find them near leaking pipes. Just grab a pair of wrenches and repair your water leaks. By doing this you will cut off cockroaches’ water sources
  4. Use essential oils.  Did you know cockroaches hate the smell of essential oils? Put few drops of peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball and wipe down places where cockroaches usually hide or enter your house. Make cockroaches feel unwelcome by making your home smell wonderful.
  5. Bring in the experts.  When everything fails, bring the experts. Nowadays there are many pest control companies that can easily remove cockroaches from your home.

Many companies now use natural substances or mechanical insecticides to eliminate cockroaches – this method is not harmful for you and your family.


What if there were no cockroaches?

cartoon roach

Have you ever wondered what would happen if all the cockroaches disappeared from the face of earth?  If your answer is yes, then keep reading.

Apart from inhabiting houses and buildings, cockroaches are widespread in their natural habitat – forests. There they feed on decaying wood and leaves. The droppings they leave behind are filled with organic debris and nutrient, excellent organic fertilizer for many plants, including wood.

Also, as many small mammals, birds and reptiles feed on cockroaches, removing even this small link in the well established food chain might prove catastrophic for the world around us.

So, before you smash yet another cockroach in your house, consider the fact that little guy may be helping refuel a local forest or feed other animals.  …and then smash that sucker.

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