Roaches, Possibly The Most Hated Pest In The World, Thrive In The Kansas City Area Climate
Over the course of one year, a female cockroach can produce between 3 to 5 generations of offspring. In the short time it takes for Missouri to get warm, the roach population explodes. The bad news is that they can quickly overwhelm any home AND most Kansas City area homeowners with roach infestations won’t see cockroaches until they are well established.
However, when roaches are present inside a home, there will be signs. Aside from the occasional cockroach wing or leg left behind, they’ll mark their territory with waste. Where there are roaches, there are roach droppings left behind — on counters, in sinks, in cabinets, and in kitchen drawers. Roaches lurk behind dishwashers and under refrigerators and ovens. They are infamous for their ability to survive without food or water for extended periods of time. Hanging out in the comfort of your home, these nasty insects wait for you to leave a dirty dish in the sink or drop a few crumbs on the floor so they can feed and reproduce.
Roach Infestation Potential
Let’s say a female roach hides in one of your grocery bags and you literally carry her into your kitchen. You set the bags on your counter, and while you’re not looking, the roach runs for cover. Under your kitchen counters, it finds some food and hooks up with a male roach that took the same route in.
Let’s do some math: The female lays about forty eggs at a time and can lay eggs about four times a year. Consider the possibility that half of those eggs are female, and therefore able to lay more eggs.
1 roach, 40 eggs, producing 20 females 4 times a year
That single roach is responsible for eighty female roaches in a given year. Of course, each of those females then starts laying eggs. Picture eighty females laying eighty more females each four times a year, with those new roaches able to multiply at this same staggering rate. In just a short time, you can end up with tens of thousands of roaches. Gross.
Roaches Live And Eat Where People Do – And Then Leave Their Waste All Over Counters, Tables, Dishes, Utensils, And More
The Missouri climate is ideal for pests, and cockroaches take full advantage of literally any food, water, and warmth that exists. These insects seem to be omni-present because they can thrive nearly everywhere. A 1976 Texas Monthly article stated, “the cockroach will probably outlast human presence on the planet; besides being able to resist most chemicals, the cockroach has shown an ability to survive massive amounts of radiation and will thus be a likely candidate to inherit the earth after a nuclear holocaust.” There are an estimated 4,500 species of cockroaches, and the same Texas Monthly article cited a claim that one home had a record number of roaches – 50,000. Sit with that for a moment. The reality is that, even if you keep an immaculately clean home and work diligently to ensure no food is left out for weeks, they will still live on. This is because cockroaches don’t need much; they are so efficient and feed on nearly anything…bread crumbs, your trash, dog or cat food, bits of food dropped under the kitchen table or spilled in the pantry. It’s all fuel for a roach. If you fail to clean up even the smallest of crumbs, they will smell it, find it, eat it, and use it to multiply. It has been said, “If you see a roach, then there’s a thousand in your home that you don’t see.”
Common Roach Species In Missouri:
- German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)
- Brown-banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)
- American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
- Wood Cockroach (Parcoblatta pensylvanica)
- Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis)
Homes That Are On A Pest Control Plan Have A Strong Defense Against Roaches
For your own sake, if you see a roach in your home, please, PLEASE don’t wait. Call ZipZap Termite & Pest Control. Have our professionals come and identify the type of roaches you have, and then let us deliver an effective treatment method. There are some store-bought products that can provide short term, localized solutions. But in the end, those homes treated with off-the-shelf chemicals are still overrun with roaches. Let our team of experts put together a cockroach control plan specifically for you and eliminate these pests from your home. In our industry you have to know your enemy and believe me, ZipZap Termite & Pest Control knows roaches. We know how to find them and how to create a defensive barrier that works to prevent them from multiplying and infesting your home.