Understanding Cockroach Behaviour

Posted on: August 23, 2019, in Blog

We have all experienced it. Seeing a crawling critter run across a seemingly clean floor, leaving us confused as to how a cockroach could be in the house. After all, you have worked incredibly hard to prevent all pest infestations. The truth is that sometimes you can try your hardest and still be visited by a filthy cockroach. In order to go above and beyond in your pest control efforts, you need to understand their behaviour.

What Cockroaches Do

Cockroaches predominantly live in groups and are known as social insects. Communicating with their group by means of pheromones, they often coordinate their movements in an incredibly efficient way. Once they tell each other what to do, their primary target is often dark, moist areas. This is why they scurry into the darkness when you turn a light on at night, they hate it! You may think that you can find all the dimly lit places that they could be but cockroaches are actually able to flatten their bodies in order to move into the tightest crevice. Hiding during the day, night time is when they come out to play. This is when they look for food. Disgusting in appearance, cockroaches can contaminate this food with diseases such as polio, hepatitis, salmonella, hookworm and tapeworm.

Because of all this, it is vital that you do your best to control a cockroach infestation. Disinfecting your home often and keeping it dust-free may just be the first step but it is an important one. Other cockroach control methods include sealing up cracks and ensuring there are fewer damp areas for breeding.

Service Master is here to assist you in a variety of ways, so if you have any questions regarding cockroaches, please contact us and speak to one of our professionals.

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