Roaches: The Myths, and The Facts

Working at a Pest Control Company the Number One thing I hear most is “I don’t know how I got roaches I keep my house so clean”. Or they ask how our pesticide can kill a roach since they can survive an atomic bomb. We’re gonna set the record straight on all the rumors out there. This blog will include all kinds of myths. Let’s find out if any of them have any truth.

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Which Cockroach have you seen?

I can just flush them down the drain, that’ll kill them.

It might be tempting to flush a cockroach down the toilet or sink to kill them rather than squish them, but it won’t be the end of that cockroach most likely. A cockroach can hold its breath for over 40 minutes and live submerged for over 30! Plus they are good climbers so chances are they will live to see another day.

I have eliminated all the food sources, that’ll kill them.

Cockroaches are cold-blooded, and because of this, they can go a long time without finding something to eat. They can go over a month in fact. The real way to get rid of a cockroach is to eliminate their water source. They can only live for one week without water.

I chopped off his head, that’ll kill them.

For most creatures, if you cut off their head they die immediately. This isn’t the case for roaches. They can live without their heads for over a week. They have an open circulatory system and are able to breathe out little openings at each of their body segments. The only reason they will die after a week or so is that they die of thirst. Without a mouth to get any water they finally die.

But my house is so clean, why do I have them?

Roaches enter buildings depending on the ease of access to water and food sources in the home. Dirtier homes just provide easier access to crumbs. It is important to not only keep your home clean. Be sure to also ensure that cracks are properly sealed.

All of us at RH Miller Pest Services take pride in making sure that you have peace of mind. Servicing cities like Lake Mary, in Central Florida for over 29 years, we have the expertise to get the results you desire! Fleas, Bugs, Wildlife, or Lawn; we do it all. Find out why we have a 5 STAR rating on Google today! Give us a call at 407-339-7119.

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