There are so many unwelcome, crawly critters that can find their way into your kitchen. One of those common pests are cockroaches. This insect can be big trouble, if it gets inside your home. These bugs can contaminate the surfaces in your home without you even knowing. They carry diseases and parasites that can make people very sick. They can also contaminate the food supply. Cockroaches crawl through some pretty nasty things, such as dead and decaying animals and even through sewers, so anything they touch can become contaminated.
There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches, with the most common being the American cockroach, Asian cockroach and the German cockroach. German cockroaches are the species that are found most often in homes.
There are some interesting facts about cockroaches that most people don't know. Cockroaches can hold their breath for 40 minutes and can survive for a half an hour submerged in water. On top of that, they can live for a week with no head. They are also able to survive without food for a month but will die in about a week, if they don't have water. Cockroaches can contaminate a lot of area, really quickly. They can run up to three miles an hour, which means they can cover a lot of kitchen in short period of time.
There are some things you can do to make your home a little less appealing to this dangerous insect. First, make sure your kitchen is clean. Sweep and mop the floors on a regular basis, take the trash out regularly and keep it in a covered can. Do not leave dishes in the sink for an extended period of time. Keep your countertop clear and wiped down. You should also keep all the food in your kitchen in covered containers.
Cockroaches can adapt to pretty much any situation. That is why it is so important to contact a professional immediately, if you think you have a problem with cockroaches. There are not a lot of pesticides you can purchase yourself that will help in anyway when it comes to eliminating cockroaches considering they can live headless, food-less and under water. Hiring a professional is the best way to protect your family and yourself from this potentially dangerous insect.