Life cycle of cockroaches
The life of the cockroach is simple and follows an incomplete metamorphosis. It has three stages – egg, nymph and adult. The female adult cockroach produces the so-called oothecae, or egg cases, which depending on the species, contains a significant number of eggs. The Oriental cockroach can lay up to 6 egg cases, each containing 16 eggs on average, as the German cockroach will produce between 30-40 eggs.
An interesting fact about the German cockroach is that the female will carry the oothecae attached to her abdomen until the nymphs are ready to hatch. In some cases, if you step on or poison the female there is a chance the nymphs will survive and still hatch. In a matter of weeks, you can find yourself in the middle of an infestation and trust us when we say – it is not easy to get rid of it, especially when you try and take the matter into your own hands. It is recommended you call AccuRat’s Cockroach Control Specialist and trust that we will get the job done for you.
The second stage is the nymph stage. So if you have one egg case with 30-40 eggs, now you have 30-40 nymphs almost ready to become adult cockroaches. The only difference between a nymph and an adult cockroach is that nymphs are just smaller and don’t have wings yet. In order for the nymph to become an adult, it needs to go through several skin moults. This development takes months, depending on the species and mostly on temperature. After each moult, they become bigger, their antennal length increases and their wing buds start to develop. An adult cockroach lives about 6 months.
Habits and behaviour of cockroaches
Spotting a cockroach during the day is a clear indication of a serious infestation and you need to act fast. They are nocturnal insects which means that they’ll spend the day resting, hidden not only in the cracks. Dark and humid places such as the pipes in your bathroom, inside and between walls and floors, in your pantries and cabinets in the kitchen, behind your appliances like fridges, microwaves, dishwashers and the washing machine in the laundry area or your basement are few of the most preferable hiding spots for these creatures as they know it will be harder for you to find them.
In the winter, they will come into your property in search of warmth, food and water, and in the summer, well just about the same reason – water, food and shelter. It is interesting to observe that it looks like their movements are chaotic, but they actually have their own language. By leaving their droppings all around, cockroaches have an interesting way of communicating through pheromones. They can warn each other of an existing threat, share travel paths, direct to a food source and even let others know about a potential mating partner or the good shelter they have found. Getting an infestation is easier than getting rid of it. Cockroaches are smart and sneaky. They can come inside your home through a small crack – as small as a penny. If your neighbours have had problems with them that have not been handled properly, if you’ve moved out recently and you’ve had this problem at your old place, some of the cockroaches might have snuck into your luggage or boxes and are now on the mission to settling themselves in a good, dark space at their new home.
How to deal with cockroaches
There are many do-it-yourself options to get rid of them but they are not permanent. We have had many customers complaining that they have already tried all kinds of sprays, but have not been able to stop the infestations. The reason for that is that cockroaches have become a lot more resistant to most of the sprays intended for amateur use, meaning the only thing you may manage to do is kill only the visible ones, while there is a nest somewhere that you haven’t reached and more cockroaches that have managed to outsmart you and have stayed hidden. In addition, they are insects that have rapid reproduction, so don’t be surprised when you start seeing them again in a few weeks even after you’ve sprayed and thought they might be gone. That’s why you need to turn to a professional. All of our technicians are specifically trained to assess any situation you might have, determine the main cause, find a solution and deal with the problem for good.
How to prevent future roach infestations
Least of all, anyone would recoil at the unexpected sight of a cockroach. They also carry diseases – knowing the places they use to hide and make harborage. To some people they can even cause health problems – as the cockroaches feed and move around they leave dropping everywhere contaminating all the food and all the surfaces that they’ve been in contact with. Getting rid of the infestation is definitely not easy, but there are some simple hygiene measures you can apply in order to prevent them from getting “cozy” in your home. Keep in mind, just like any other being on the planet, they come and stay in your home for three reasons – food, water, shelter. So the quicker you eliminate these resources the better.