Cockroaches. A pest of many names, all felt with the same levels of contempt.
Cockroaches can be considered a bit of a social insect. Not as intensely as those of the bees, termites, and ants. Still when you see one, you generally see many more very soon after that. This is because many cockroach species; of which there are many; use chemical signal markers when they encounter food so that others can find it too. It’s called aggregation.
It’s very similar to when a 16 year old decides to post on Facebook about a party they are throwing when the parents are gone. All of a sudden SWAT has shut down the street, and that teenager is hiding in a closet with an expensive vase as men in riot gear start crowd control procedures. Cockroaches like teenagers will aggregate around signals which others have sent out that indicate food is present (And or alcohol).
Cockroaches will eat almost anything. If it’s edible. It’s fair game. Again….kind of like teenagers.
If you see them during the day, pray to your multidenominational deity of choice.
Cockroaches are nocturnal. If you more than one during the day, then you may have an explosive population boom going on in your place. The rule of thumb is one cockroach means a lot. You see a few at the same time? And it’s 1 o’clock in the afternoon? Forget about it. Take the children, and never come back.
Kidding. I am only kidding.
Best course of action? Call a pest control company. Not just some dinky “I’ll come treat one time and that should do it” pest control company. An actual company who has service plans and protocols just for the treatment of your cockroach species. Each species of cockroach that is considered a pest, generally has different life cycles and reproduction rates. It’s important to treat for the individual cockroach species that is being encountered in your home; preferably before it reaches biblical plague levels.
There are many cockroach species that are household pests. The more common American Cockroach, the bit more pesky Oriental cockroach, and the nightmare scenario….the German cockroach. The German cockroach is one of those pest species that absolutely loves hitting that explosive population boom in your home. Generally it is not your fault. You usually have German cockroach problems in apartment complexes, and it can be in the cleanest apartment in America. No amount of cleanliness matters if your neighbors are slobs.
A wonderfully horrible personal experience of mine with German cockroaches was a few years ago. I am a self-admitted clean freak. We are talking Water-spots-in-kitchen-sinks-bothers-me kind of levels. We had seen a few random small looking brown roaches during the day and our complex sprayed after we mentioned seeing them; a personal victory by itself if you have ever had to deal with getting apartment complexes to do absolutely anything.
We had thought the problem dealt with. One night after that I had gotten up in the middle of the night for a glass of water. I switched on the light in the kitchen. The floor, the literal floor parted like the red sea. I felt like moses, except if Moses peed himself a little and then crawled back in bed to stare at the ceiling in mute abject terror until the sun rose, and he was “safe” again.
A literal moving carpet of German cockroaches.
My place was clean. The neighbors upstairs numbering about 8 people in a two bedroom apartment upstairs were not clean. It is not an uncommon story at all. Unfortunately, this is when you have to go out of your way and hire a pest control company to treat your place. This bill is is usually on top of the obviously sub-standard pest control company you are already forcibly paying for through your apartment complex.
I mentioned contempt earlier. Hopefully you never have the same experience. My suggestion for you is to be proactive as soon as you encounter a roach. I know they are just living out their lives and grabbing opportunity by the feelers when they sense it. The proverbial American roach dream. Just not in my home.Tags: ants, centipedes, cockroaches, commercial pest control, earwigs, eco-friendly, fleas, Fort MIll SC, hornets, millipedes, mosquito control, mosquitoes, pest, pest control, residential pest control, Rock HIll SC, rodent control, rodents, silverfish, spiders, Tega Cay, ticks, wasps