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  • Writer's pictureMichael Zawadzki

Cockroaches: Did You Know Cockroaches Can Cause Asthma Attacks?

The largest cockroaches found in homes, the American cockroach, is not native to North America. The American cockroach most likely was transported to North America via ships from Africa in the 1600s.

Being nocturnal, cockroaches spend the daylight hours in dark secluded areas. They venture out at night in search of food and water.

  • Cockroaches need daily consumption of water.

  • Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year.

  • Cockroaches don’t get their wings until they become adults.

  • Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and run away when exposed to light.

  • Cockroaches will eat just about anything, including plants and other insects.

  • Sightings of the cockroach are most commonly reported in the evening hours.

  • Cockroaches can cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children.

  • The average lifespan of an adult cockroach is about 1 year depending on the species.

  • Most species of cockroach are about the size of a thumbnail, but several species are bigger.

  • Cockroaches prefer warm environments close to food and water, therefore they are commonly found in buildings and homes.

  • Cockroaches prefer close spaces, fitting into small cracks and crevices, thereby evading humans and eradication efforts.

Homeowners may wish to tackle the problem themselves, or they may elect to contact the services of a professional pest control exterminator. PEST ARREST has the equipment, access to quality products (not available to homeowners) and the training to do a thorough job allowing you to have peace of mind.

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