Learn about Roaches
Cockroaches (also called simply “roaches”) are insects of the order Blattaria. The name originally derives from the Greek and Latin names for the insect, and there are about 4,500 species of cockroach, of which 30 species are associated with human habitations, with about four of these species being the most well-known as pests.
The best known of these pest species is the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana.
Cockroaches are one of the most commonly encountered household pest insects. They feed on both human food and food left out for pets, they can leave an offensive odor, and they can even transport disease-causing microbes on their bodies, including microbes that can be potentially dangerous to humans, becoming a threat in both hospitality business such as restaurants and hotels, as well as hospitals. In addition, cockroaches have been shown to be linked with allergic reactions in humans, and have even been found to be linked with asthma.
General preventive measures against roaches include, but are not limited to, keeping food stored in sealed containers, keeping floors swept and clean of crumbs and other debris that provide a food source, keeping garbage cans sealed with a tight lid, frequent cleaning in the kitchen, and regular vacuuming. Water leaks such as dripping taps or leaking pipes should be repaired, and entry points, such as holes in baseboards, walls, and around pipes, should be sealed with cement, putty, or silicone caulk.