Why Can’t I Get These Roaches Out Of My Oklahoma City Home?

cockroach on slice of bread
Sure, cockroaches are gross, but did you know how sturdy of a pest they truly are? Cockroaches can survive for up to one week without their head, one week without water, one month without food, and can withstand freezing temperatures that may hit Oklahoma City. 

The German cockroach alone can grow into an adult in just over a month, making the spread of an infestation rapid and untamable. They can truly seem indestructible at times, which makes them all the more difficult for homeowners and business owners to deal with. And while cockroaches do love a mess, it’s not the only thing that attracts them. While roaches love food, they also love water and clutter, making many nooks throughout your home highly enticing to them. Some cockroaches that are common to the area are:

  • German cockroaches. The most common species in the United States, these guys like to be where the humans are, so look for them primarily in the kitchen, but don’t be surprised if you see them in the bathroom as well. They are light brown to tan in color and will prefer to crawl and not fly like some other species of roaches.
  • Brown-banded cockroaches. You can spot these pests primarily based on their appearance, as they have a dark brown band that covers their heads and backs. Additionally, this species of roach is most often found in cities like Oklahoma City and are attracted by human food, so don’t be shocked to find them crawling around a disorganized pantry or in a pile of dirty dishes that were left in the sink.
  • American cockroaches. This species of cockroach is happiest in areas of excess moisture. And while all cockroaches need water to thrive, these guys love it. If you spot any translucent, reddish-brown pests hanging around drain pipes or leaking faucets, you may be dealing with an American cockroach.

Health Risks Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are, in fact, as nasty a pest as they seem. They are known spreaders of a host of pathogens like staphylococcus, salmonella, and streptococcus, all of which are uncomfortable and difficult to treat. Roaches can also spread diseases like typhoid, diarrhea, and dysentery, and are known to cause allergic reactions when they shed body parts, lay eggs, and leave behind their saliva, due to the enzymes that are found in their body.

Tenacity Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are impressive pests. Their tenacity is practically unparalleled, which makes them all the more difficult to get rid of once you have an infestation. The factors that make them so difficult to evict are:

  • The rate at which they mature. German cockroaches can reach full maturity in just over one month, meaning that they can then start reproducing on a fast track. This can take your cockroach problem from a small one to a large one in no time at all.
  • They don’t need much to survive. While cockroaches live off of food and water — it’s what attracts them in the first place — the average cockroach can live without water for up to a week and can survive without food for up to a month.
  • They’re pretty sturdy. While cockroaches will eventually die without their head, they can survive up to one week without it, continuing to cause an issue in the meantime.

Cockroaches can be your nightmare if you let them. Once they move into your home, it's nearly impossible to get rid of them without professional help. The best way to protect you and your family from the dangers of cockroaches is with professional help from Guaranteed Pest Service of Oklahoma. For effective pest control, contact us today!

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