Cockroaches are the most disgusting; creepy-crawly thing doesn't want in their home. Cockroaches are giant and fast. You can always hear them chirping when you try to get rid of them using your feet.
"There's an enormous gross factor," states Scott O'Neal (Ph.D.), an urban entomology researcher from the University of Nebraska. "There is always fear, especially if one doesn't know much about insects or grew up fearful of them."
O'Neal says that although they are not something you would want in your home they don't pose the same diseases as blood-feeding insects such as ticks and mosquitoes.
It all depends on what type of cockroaches you have, how large the infestation is and whether they are living in your home. Getting rid of them can be difficult. One reason is that one particular cockroach -the German cockroach -which is the most prevalent in the U.S.- has become resistant to many insecticides.
"We have been spraying German Roaches with every insecticide known to mankind since the 1940s and even earlier," states Dini, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Entomology at Virginia Tech and Urban Pest Management Specialist for Virginia. "We have killed all the roaches our sprays can kill and selected those that are resistant to insecticides."
This means that you may kill some, or all, of the German roaches, but you won't be able to kill them all with one application. Some of them have evolved into mutants that can resist almost anything you throw at them. Don't worry, though. They won't be your only companion forever. This article will let you know how to get rid of cockroaches permanently, regardless of what type they are.
How do I tell what kind of cockroach is in my home?
Coby Schal, Ph.D., heads the Schal Lab at North Carolina State University. This lab focuses on studying cockroaches.
If that's the case, you can be more likely to have what's known as a smoky brown or cockroach. The cockroach is almost black and lives outdoors. He says that cockroaches will enter a home if the outside is too harsh for them. This type is most likely to enter the home through firewood or other winter-related items.
Because they are similar to a housefly bumping against your windows, smokey brown coc