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What makes cockroaches so resilient? | Clark Exterminating Termite and Pest Control in Little Rock

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

If you have a cockroach infestation around Conway, rodents in North Little Rock or ants in Hot Springs give our team at Clark Exterminating a call at 501-588-2514 for greater Little Rock pest control or  501-712-3721 for the greater Benton pest control - infestations are no joke, and it's worth it to get professional treatment to get rid of them for good.

Cockroaches have been around for millions of years, and they're one of the most tenacious, adaptable and all-around stubborn pests that can invade your home. So what makes cockroaches so hard to kill and difficult to control?

Cockroach Infestation Little RockPictured: Not your friend

Survivability
As you may have heard, a cockroach can live as long as a week without its head. This is because cockroaches have incredibly well-regulated bodies that don't require brain function to continue operation. As it turns out, headless cockroaches tend to die of dehydration. Also, cockroaches can hold their breath for 40 minutes and some can even withstand freezing temperatures.

Size and speed

As we discuss on our cockroach bug facts page, these insects can fit into extremely small spaces (and even prefer cramped conditions). Fully-grown male roaches can fit into any gap larger than a quarter, and smaller ones can squeeze in even smaller spaces, so make sure you inspect your foundation and look for any possible entry points. Another problem with roaches is their incredible speed. Both newborn and adult roaches can run almost 3 mph, which makes them very difficult to catch.

Feeding Habits
Cockroaches can go for up to a month without food and half as long without water. Imagine being able to go 2 weeks without anything to drink - kind of makes us humans look fragile in comparison. Even worse, cockroaches are omnivores, so they can eat pretty much anything.

Breeding
Here's the part that's the real problem - cockroaches multiply at a rate of almost 30,000 per year. That's right, 30,000.

So how can you avoid cockroach infestations in your Little Rock home? First, keep all food in sealed containers. If there's not a readily available food source, cockroaches won't bother entering your home in force. Second, check your home for easy entry points, especially after the harsh winter storms we've had this year. Thirdly, keep moisture to a minimum, and certainly avoid mold and rot. Finally, make sure to vacuum and clean up your home regularly, especially your kitchen.

Lastly, if you happen to already have a cockroach problem around the Little Rock area, let Clark Exterminating help. We have a long history with these nasty critters, and we know how to take care of any roach problem. Call 501-588-2514 for pest control in the Little Rock area, or 501-712-3721 for extermination around Benton.


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