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An Interview with a Cockroach

Cockroaches have been around since the beginning of time and it seems that no matter how hard you try, they just never go away. They continue to adapt to most any environment and weather conditions and are believed to have originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era.

If we were to have an interview with a cockroach we would certainly learn some interesting things:

Take for instance their circulatory system. Did you know that roaches breathe through little holes in each of their body segments? This basically means that they are not dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. If the roach were headless, it could actually live up to a week before dying of thirst because it did not have a mouth to drink water.

Roaches don’t have to have a food source daily as do humans. Because they are cold-blooded insects they can live without food for a month but would continue to need water to survive.

Cockroaches are worldwide and there are more than 4,000 species. The world’s largest roach found in South America is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan. Average cockroaches can vary in size from ½”- 2″ long. The most common roaches encountered in our area are:

  • German Cockroaches
  • Brownbanded Cockroaches
  • Oriental Cockroaches
  • American Cockroaches

We would also learn that roaches like to brag and are quite proud of their young.

Imagine trying to hold your breath for 30 seconds … impossible to accomplish by most everyone. Did you know that a cockroach will hold their breath often to help regulate their loss of water and can continue to hold its breath for 40 minutes? They can also survive being submerged under water for half an hour. As far as speed? In one hour a cockroach can run up to three miles. This allows them to spread germs and bacteria throughout a home very quickly.

As far as family life; Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days and a one-day-old baby cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust, can run almost as fast as its parents.

Roaches are interesting insects but they are also unwanted pests when they are found in our homes. If you are experiencing problems with roaches protect your family’s health by scheduling pest control services for your home.

 

 

waterbug, cochroach
Water bugs are often called roaches and vice versa. Some species of these insects are similar in appearance and therefore often mistaken for each other. In fact, they are quite different. Water bugs prefer to live in your swimming pool while cockroaches are common insects in your house. Do they bite and spread diseases? What control methods to use for their elimination? Before we answer your questions, you’d better think how to identify them. When you know what type of insect you have on your property, you know what effective treatment to apply. Remember, control methods differ for each of these guys. Read and find out how to identify roaches and water bugs and what methods you can use to eliminate them.

What is a difference between water bug and roach? Those who find water bugs or cockroaches in or around their homes might feel it’s essential to know exactly what bugs they are dealing with. Usually these nasty little guys can be mistaken for each other. So, how to identify water bugs that look like cockroaches? Although water bugs and nasty little cockroaches look similar, there are certain differences that set them apart. Knowing their terminology, habitat, diet, biting habits etc. will help you to determine which type of crawler you are dealing with.

Cockroaches: there are more than 4,000 species of these creatures worldwide. Among different species of cockroaches there are such ones as American cockroach, Florida wooden cockroach, the Brown cockroach, the German cockroach, the Asian cockroach etc. These insects can live an average of 2 to 4 years. Water bugs terminologyWater bugs: Is water bug a roach? In fact, water bugs are known as a species of cockroach, commonly called black beetles or oriental cockroaches.
What is a water bug? Water bug is actually a broad term used to refer to different kinds of little bugs. The most common ones are the giant water bug, electric light bug, brown water bug and toe biter. Being members of the order Hemiptera, they have mouth parts that pierce and suck. There are about 1500 species of water bugs worldwide. Some of them live on fresh water and some on the surface of the water. They are oval in shape, have a set of antenna and six legs.

Water bugs are more solitary insects but may congregate at the time of breeding season. When it comes to cockroaches these nasty guys prefer to be surrounded by other roaches at all times. Both cockroaches and water bugs have parental care. Difference: While water bugs are predatory scavengers, cockroaches are not predators and usually referred as non-aggressive insects. Water bugs are identified by much larger sheer size than a typical cockroach.

Having roaches around the property should be considered a serious matter. Whether alive or dead, they are prone to causing allergic reactions, hepatitis virus, salmonella and even asthma. If you see one lying anywhere in the house, get rid of it immediately.  Call today OR CONTACT today for a free inspection!

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