No homeowners want to see bugs in their house. The sight of a cockroach in the house can induce serious feelings of fear and panic. Unfortunately, most people do not fully understand roaches, why cockroaches enter a home, or what to do if a roach is seen in the home. This guide will help you learn the truth about a few common cockroach myths.
Roaches Are Attracted to Dirty Homes Only
One of the most common myths people believe about roaches is that they are attracted to dirty homes only. While surprising to learn, roaches may find even the cleanest of homes appealing since roaches are not only attracted to food and dirt.
Just like all living things, roaches need food and water to survive. While they will nibble on dead bugs, crumbs, and food residue left on floors, countertops, pantries, and corners of the home, roaches will also be on the hunt for water/moisture.
Therefore, if your home has a moisture problem, such as high levels of humidity in or under the home or an underlying water leak, you may be at risk of a roach infestation.
Light Scares Off Roaches
There are many cockroach species that are considered nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. However, that does not mean nocturnal roaches are frightened by the light.
You may walk into a kitchen or bathroom at night, flip on the light switch, and see a roach scurrying away as though the light has scared it. In reality, the roach is not scared of the light – it is scared of you.
Stepping on a Roach Releases Eggs
Another common myth people believe is that if you step on a roach to kill it, you are only causing the roach to release its numerous eggs.
In most cases, if you step on a roach, you will not only place enough pressure to kill it, but you will also kill any eggs the roach is carrying. There is very little chance of the eggs being released and then surviving long enough to hatch and lead to a large infestation.
Treating a Roach Infestation is Impossible
Finally, you may think that if you have roaches, treating the infestation would be impossible. Fortunately, help is available.
Many effective treatment options are available including insecticides, traps, and heat treatments. If you have seen any roaches in the home, contact professional pest control services immediately. Although the sight of a roach does not necessarily mean you have an infestation, addressing the roach and the possibility of an infestation quickly is key.