If you're serious about getting rid of the cockroaches pestering you then you need to get serious about knowing your enemy. The more you know about these pests, the greater your chances of successfully getting rid of them. Here's the basic you should at least know about.
- There are over 4000 known species of cockroaches. Only about 30 of those 4000 are often associated with human habitats. Only 4 of them are actually well known as pests. They are the American cockroach, German cockroach, brown banded cockroach, and oriental cockroach.
- They are omnivores. In their natural habitat they will often eat decaying matters (both animals and vegetation). If there is no decaying matter they will eat plants, etc. Around human habitats they will eat anything from garbage to glue and even other dead cockroaches.
- It's recommender to limit their access to water, but that's something easier said than done. They'll drink from whatever water source they can. They will even drink water that's been sitting in the drain for months.
- Those known to be pests like to dwell in dark places that are warm and moist. If they come somewhere with the perfect conditions, they will settle for less. Although they do have their preferences, they aren't very picky.
- They leave a chemical trace in their feces that attract other roaches. They also emit a pheromone to attract other roaches. That means if you have a few in the house, they're already inviting everyone else to come join them.
- Some of them can develop a dislike for certain roach attracts used in roach baits. To avoid this problem, rotate baits from different manufacturers. Each manufacturer has their own unique attractant recipe. While one may deter them, another brand may attract them.
- The best way to prevent them is to keep a clean house. Nothing attracts these pests like rotting garbage.
- They are nocturnal, so they will be most active at night. If you see them during the day, it means you have a large infestation. The numbers are already so great that they have no more room to safely hide. Thus they are out and about.
That's it for the basics. If I missed anything you feel is critical, please let me know and I will gladly add it to help out others who are facing the same problem.