There are 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide, with 70 identified in the United States. Fortunately, most are quite rare or stay away from humans. Three species are most commonly found scuttling about the floors of Tennessee and Kentucky homes.
Roaches can live for a month without food and up to two weeks without water. They can also hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, and live for up to a week without their head!
Roaches carry bacteria and parasites. They also eat garbage, sewage and anything else they can find, which passes through their system and into your house when they defecate. If that’s not bad enough, bacteria that can make people sick doesn’t faze the hardy cockroach. Cockroach feces and skin also contain materials that cause allergies in people, especially in children. Roaches have been linked to increased incidences of asthma, especially among children living in urban environments.
Roaches cause extensive damage to the areas they infest. Several types of roaches enjoy eating glue from envelopes, stamps and book bindings, and can damage paper, leather and fabric.
If you see these common pest insects in your home, call Ace Exterminating as soon as possible! We can help you identify the species, the source of the infestation, put together a plan to exterminate them and prevent new ones from re-infesting your home!