Despised by homeowners, cockroach control is important for health and safety reasons, because they are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. Cockroaches also spread nearly 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella.
The most common is the American cockroach which turns out was not native. They probably started to appear in the 1600s via ships from Africa.
Cockroaches have been around for millions of years. There are some 4000 species worldwide and 70 of those are in the United States.
Other common type of cockroach include the Brownbanded Cockroach, German Cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. Most cockroaches can grow over two inches in length. They have six legs and are usually a dark color, either brown or black.
Cockroaches can enter your home through cracks, drain pipes and vents. They even can be brought in to your home via boxes or grocery bags. Cockroaches reproduce quickly. In a year they can produce 6 generations. They are nocturnal so if you see on in the daylight, chances are there is an infestation and you should call Hart’s Extermination right away.
It is sometimes said that cockroaches could survive a nuclear war. While most insects can with stand more radiation because of their physiology, they do have limits. A cockroach can withstand 10 times the lethal dose of radiation for a human. A cockroach can even live for a week without its head.