Cockroaches Outlived the Dinosaurs - That's Why You Need a Professional to Get Rid of Them

There are approximately 3,500 known species of cockroaches worldwide, but, fortunately, only six species are found in Arkansas. Those species are the German cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, the American cockroach, the Smokybrown cockroach, the Oriental cockroach and Woods cockroach. It doesn’t matter what species invades your home, they are unwelcome nonetheless.


The German cockroaches prefer places in the home that are warm, dark with small cracks and crevices or other small, dark confined area.


The Brown-Banded cockroach can be found in high locations and are likely to be behind pictures, closet shelves, light fixtures, electrical sockets, furniture and appliance; anywhere that is warm and dry.


The Smokybrown cockroach can be found in planter boxes, woodpiles, and garages, under shingles or siding. They prefer the upper parts of buildings. During the summer months, they often get into trees, shrubs and other vegetation.


The American cockroach is likely to be found in warm, moist areas of industrial or commercial buildings as well as sewer and heat tunnels.


The Oriental cockroach prefers cool, damp, dark areas like sewer drains, damp crawl spaces, basements and cellars.


Woods cockroaches like the outdoors and typically found in wood piles, dead trees or rotting logs.


Woods cockroaches like the outdoors and typically found in wood piles, dead trees or rotting logs.

Why are cockroaches so difficult to get rid of? The biggest reason why is that cockroaches are inherently survivors. They have been around for, oh, about 300 million years. Heck, they even outlived the dinosaurs. In 2017, the Wall Street Journal published an article discussing a study that was conducted in Tokyo as to why American cockroaches are so hard to get rid of. They found that the females could breed for years and multiply without ever mating with a male. This is called parthenogenesis. When a cockroach reproduces cockroaches in this way, the offspring are all female. This isn’t always the cockroach’s preferred method of reproducing, but it is an option if there aren’t any males around. Since the lifespan of a cockroach is around a year, one cockroach can produce six generations of offspring!

Another reason is a roach’s tough exoskeleton. This tough exterior is sort of like an armor as it is made of many overlapping plates. This offers protection as well as flexibility for the roach to squeeze into tight places. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by the University of California, Berkeley, revealed that a cockroach’s exoskeleton could withstand 300 times their body weight when crawling through cracks and other instances 900 times their body weight.

There are many other fascinating facts about cockroaches making them some of the most adaptable creatures on earth; therefore, controlling and eliminating an infestation is a tough job. For that tough job, you need Terminator Termite & Pest Control to come to your rescue. Their many years of experiences and knowledge will get the infestation under control.