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4 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cockroaches 

Cockroach extermination can be a hard task for many reasons. But do you know why? Cockroaches are actually a pretty fascinating insect – even if they are disgusting. Here are a few facts about cockroaches that you may not know.

There are more than just a few species

Most people will recognize water roaches (American roaches), as well as German roaches. But truth be told, there are over 4,000 species of cockroaches, according to the Smithsonian. The American and German cockroach species are the two most common of the 30 considered pests. These two species are typically large, and the American ones can fly or glide short distances. Pest control exterminators understand that cockroach species are known for reproducing quickly, so acting quickly is key to getting rid of these nasty insects.

Cockroaches move faster than most insects

You may have noticed it’s hard to step on roaches sometimes because they move so quickly. Interesting enough, roaches can actually move up to three miles per hour, making them one of the fastest insects. Cockroaches are very sensitive and are able to sense the slightest air movement, which helps them scurry away just in time. In perspective, if a roach was human size and could still move as easily, they could reach top speeds of 200 mph.

They can live without their heads

If you’re able to catch a roach just in time with your foot but only smash the head, you still have a problem: roaches can live up to a week without their head. The motor functions of most species are kept in their skin, so they don’t need a head to continue sneaking around your house. The only reason a roach will die without its head is because it needs water to live, and it doesn’t have a mouth to drink.

Roaches don’t need food often but can’t live long without water

We already know that a headless roach can live for about a week before it dies due to dehydration. However, roaches can go without food for almost a month. So if you’re trying to get rid of roaches on your own, keeping your house clean doesn’t really put them in danger of dying – removing their water sources does. Keep all counters wiped down, faucets tight and drains plugged to keep them from finding water. For over 35 years, we here at Dustin Pest Control have been exterminating cockroaches from homes by designing specific treatment plans for every home. Call us today to learn more about our $69 bi-monthly pest control treatment plan!

How Fast Do I Need to Call an Exterminator? 

Pest control may sometimes seem like a do-it-yourself project for homeowners. However, it probably shouldn’t be on the DIY list at all. Although there are ways to combat certain pests yourself – like mice, cockroaches and scorpions – with bug bombs or traps, sometimes even these common bugs require a professional to rid them of your home. So where do you draw the line? Continue reading

4 Facts About Rodents

Don’t let the movie Ratatouille foul you. We wish we could say that all rodents are like Remy the rat, with dreams of becoming a professional chef in Paris. Unfortunately, this is not the case. However, what Disney did get right that a rodent is a kitchen’s worst nightmare – and in our case, a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Here are four facts about rodents that will help you understand why you don’t want them calling your house home. Continue reading

What Are The Worst Pests In Your Home?

We think it’s fair to say that most homeowners want their house to be a bug-free zone. However, we also understand this can be a challenging task to maintain year round. It is not uncommon to see the occasional fly in your home. And while we wish we could say that all other pests are as harmless as flies, that’s not the case. Here is a list of pests you do not want in your home. Continue reading

Why You Should Be on the Lookout for Fleas and Ticks

We tend to associate fleas and ticks with our pets. And it’s true, these little insects find your furry friend a great place to call home. But what happens when your pet comes indoors? Are fleas and ticks a problem for your household? We are here to answer these questions and address the problems that could occur when fleas and ticks decide to inhabit your home environment. Continue reading

How To Control Mosquitoes In Your Yard?

As we look forward to warmer temperatures and days spent outdoors, it is likely that the backyard preparation is in full swing. Whether you are trimming weeds, planting new flowers or doing an entire backyard renovation, one thing you don’t want to forget about is planning for all the critters that might call your backyard home. Nothing can ruin a good backyard BBQ quicker than those pesky mosquitoes. Therefore, we want to help you ensure your backyard is BBQ ready. Here are a few tips and tricks to making your yard mosquito free. Continue reading
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