It is thought that roaches would be the only survivors in the event of a nuclear holocaust. How true this notion is… nobody knows – and hopefully, no one will. The takeaway from this belief, however, is that these critters are survivors. It is this hardiness that makes them challenging to get rid of when they invade your home.
Other than the annoyance of having these pests around, cockroaches can also cause a number of serious problems when they invade your house. They are:
- Contamination of food and surfaces which creates a health risk.
- Damage to property.
- They produce tropomyosin – an allergen that could affect some individuals.
- The bugs will taint surfaces and other items with a bad odour.
- Their presence could attract other pests such as lizards.
In addition to their hardiness, cockroaches also breed very quickly which means an infestation can balloon out of control within no time. It is, therefore, crucial to take action as soon as an infestation has been identified.
Signs of a cockroach infestation
Some of the signs you should look out for to catch a cockroach infestation before it gets out of hand include:
- The insect itself (dead or alive). Cockroaches are nocturnal, which makes them pretty hard to come by during the day. You can, however, catch a glimpse of them scampering away when you switch on the lights at night – especially in the kitchen. Dead cockroaches also mean you have an infestation in your hands.
- Egg cases. Cockroaches lay