There are about 55 species of cockroaches found in the United States and fortunately, only six species are typically found in Arkansas. These six species are the German cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, the American cockroach, the smokybrown cockroach, the oriental cockroach, and woods cockroaches. They have a lifespan of six months to 18 months leaving very little time for them to hibernate. That’s why when the temperatures start to go down, cockroaches tend to show up. The largest roach species found in Arkansas is the American cockroach. Although these guys can tolerate cold weather and some can even live in below-freezing temperatures for a short time, they prefer to stay warm. What better place to find that perfect 70-degree environment than in your home?
Cockroaches are Looking For the Perfect Place to Live This Fall: Your Home!
It’s bad enough that they invite themselves in, but what is even worse is that the females can produce egg sacks holding up to 16 eggs every six days. Many cockroaches are also known to carry pathogens meaning that everything pathogen-carrying roaches come into contact with (kitchen cabinets, sinks, countertops, and other things in your home) is subject to being tainted with bacteria. The last things we want is something carrying bacteria around our homes so there are three key steps to effective cockroach management:
- Prevention by keeping your home tidy. Wipe countertops and vacuum floors regularly to assure there are no food crumbs lying around. Also, seal any cracks that will allow them to enter your home.
- Monitor your home for cockroaches because if you see one there are most likely several more.
- Exterminate and maintain by having your home professionally treated for cockroach elimination.
To avoid an infestation or if you’ve already got one, Terminator Termite and Pest Control can help get your home cockroach-free. Contact them today to keep cockroaches out of your home this fall.