From bread and sugar, to paint and paper, a cockroach will eat just about anything found in our homes. Although we may not welcome them, cockroaches are a major food source for many other animals and are important recyclers in nature. They have also been used in scientific experiments benefiting humans.
What to know about roaches
- One of the oldest insects – fossil remains date back 200 million years.
- There are 4,200 known species of cockroaches in the world. 120 different species are found in the United States.
- Cockroaches have 6 legs, wings, and two antennae.
- They like dark, damp places with a plentiful food supply. During the day, they hide in warm, dark places, such as under sinks, behind dishwashers, stoves, and refrigerators, and inside cupboards.
- Cockroaches feed usually at night on a variety of foods, especially starches and sugar, including book-bindings, photographic film, linens, leather goods, and numerous food items.
- They can survive a month or more without food, but less than two weeks without water.
- They produce an acrid odor that may permeate items with which they have contact.
- Under optimum conditions, cockroaches can produce two million offspring in one year with an average breeding season resulting in 350,000 offspring.
If you can't live with them, here are some tips to control them:
- Call Midstate to schedule our No Bugs Pest Elimination Service
- Eliminate their sources of food and water.
- Seal cracks and crevices with caulk or putty.