Lethal Cocktails: Why cockroaches are more than just a visual pest

Humans have long waged a war against “unwanted” pests. But if evolution has taught us anything it is that insects aren’t going anywhere in a hurry and that cockroaches are now stronger than ever.

In fact Periplaneta Americana has maintained an unhealthy presence in our lives since time in memoriam. They’d been on earth 199,800,000 years before we came along so it’s easy to imagine, given the lack of sanitation and hygiene back in the day, that cockroaches creeped out our ancestors in much the same way as they do us.

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Roman author and philosopher Pliny the Elder made some of the first pest-control recommendations in the First Century AD. He observed that, “dressing seeds with the ashes of a cat or weasel or steeping the seed in ox-gall” was an effective home defense against cockroaches; he also said that storing grain in airtight containers would prevent infestations, which by modern-day standards seems quite insightful.

Why are cockroaches so tough?

There is a solid basis for saying that a cockroach is one of the most resilient creatures on the planet. They have a tough exoskeleton, incredibly adaptable DNA, they don’t have blood, they have a different immune system to us and they have a primitive nervous system which renders them less susceptible to radiation damage. Couple this with their famed resilience to periods without food and water (some roaches can last more than a month without food and over a week without water) and you have a true SUPERBUG.

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However, even super powers have their limitations and weaknesses. According to a study in 2007 by Vanderbilt University the beasts don’t function very well in light and are better able to learn at night; in fact, they seemingly have, “a total inability to pick up anything new during the daylight hours.” So too are they the easy victims of natural predators like frogs and iguanas. Roaches are also susceptible to some fungi, all in all suffering a practical form of karma.

Carriers

As well as their unpleasant look and smell, roaches have the potential to spread deadly diseases through cross-contamination, as well as cause major allergic reactions.

They have disease-ridden bodies because being omnivores they will eat anything. That includes poop, discarded food and rotting meat. All of this organic matter harbors bacteria potentially harmful to humans and it takes just one cockroach to walk across fresh food to contaminate it. It is believed roaches transmit a host of diseases in this way such as dysentery, cholera, leprosy, typhoid fever, and salmonella, all of which can make us either very poorly or can even kill us.

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And it doesn’t really make a difference (Pliny) if the food is covered. Agreed, sealing food in proper containers will stop direct infestations but if you have roaches in your house the germs they carry will have been traipsed across floors and furniture. The fact that you can’t see any markings where the critters have been doesn’t mean the surface is clean.

So how is it possible to eradicate them?

Being so resilient to baits and poisons cockroaches are notoriously difficult to eradicate but not impossible. However, shop-bought chemical insecticides aren’t the answer; they kill only the roaches you can find…if you can even find them!

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Antworks’ professionally trained employees use slow acting, non-repellent material or bait for cockroaches but follow up with a cockroach treatment because of their feisty nature. It is imperative that when you first see a roach or smell an odor you call Antworks pest control service straight away because it’s highly likely you already have a problem. What’s more as well as being impervious to most man-made pesticides, roaches have the ability to reproduce quickly.

So don’t delay, otherwise they will take over.

How to DIY Pest Extermination at Home

As a home owner, there are a few things that you will always have to deal with at home. These include pests that come in different sizes and kinds that can be quite the bother if you do not take measures to take care of them. For those who can afford the charges, a professional pest exterminator is the best, but do not worry if you can as there are ways that you can get rid of pests on your own. There are different methods for different pests which you need to master and of course how to do it correctly.

Cockroach Extermination

This is one of the most common pests to find in any home whose infestation can literally drive you crazy. There are four major types of cockroaches; namely American, brown banded, oriental and German. Knowing the kind of cockroach that inhabits your home is your first step towards knowing the best method to exterminate them. Using pesticides is a short-term and ineffective way of pest extermination; glue traps and boric acid are much more preferred methods. Boric acid, for one, works by killing the cockroach form the inside out and is effective against both the adult roaches and their eggs.

Rats and Mice

These are other very destructive pests that can infest both in and out of the house. It is not easy to know that you have a mice infestation unless you are really keen or the infestation is at a really advanced stage. Mice are naturally nocturnal animals, which is what makes noticing them difficult as it is almost impossible to see them during the day. Some signs that you may have a rat infestation include droppings, which are usually tiny dark droppings, shredded paper or wood and scratched doors or floors. A mice infestation needs to be taken care of immediately; the method depends on the intensity if the infestation. If it is a large infestation, then you need to use poison which comes in powder, pellets, and liquid form. This need to be mixed with some bait such as meat or sugary substances then set in an area you would usually find the droppings. Other methods include glue traps and the traditional traps which are suited for less serious infestations.

Bedbugs and Fleas

Unlike popular misconception, these pests are not only brought by untidy places, they can also be brought in through clothes, furniture, and luggage. They are some of the hardest to exterminate due to their resilience and tiny form. However, keeping your place clean can assist a lot as it will make noticing them very easy. If you have pets, make sure they are sprayed and clean often to avoid fleas that they may bring into the house. Bedbugs are naturally destroyed by dedicated use of liquid bedbug spray; you may have to do this a couple of times to ensure that you’ve got all of them out.

 

Whenever you notice a pest infestation of any kind in your home, always treat it as a serious one as this will prevent spreading into a much more serious one which is more difficult to handle and you may need to call a pest extermination company.

 

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Cockroaches Adapting ….Even More Difficult to Control

LOS ANGELES — In the war against pests, the lowly cockroach makes for a fearsome adversary. It can go weeks without water, survive decapitation for a time — and, like any proper supervillain, can send humans screaming from a room.

Now researchers have discovered how some roaches have eluded humans’ once-infallible traps: They have evolved so that glucose-sweetened bait tastes bitter.

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http://www.therecord.com/whatson/artsentertainment/article/940888–cockroaches-have-adapted-to-sugar-based-traps-and-avoid-them

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