Cockroaches | Posted: January 25, 2023

Answering Common Cockroach FAQs

While cockroaches can be found worldwide, they are especially upsetting when found in your home or office. They require only three things to thrive: food, water, and shelter. Since all homes contain these three things, anyone is susceptible to a cockroach infestation.

The best way to prevent or beat a cockroach infestation is to know your enemy. So here are some answers to common questions people ask us:

Can Cockroaches Survive a Nuclear Blast?

Having been around for about 300 million years, cockroaches are quite resilient. It is believed that they might survive a nuclear blast because they have a much higher resistance to radiation than most other creatures — especially humans. That said, while cockroaches as a species could survive a nuclear blast, individual roaches will die if exposed to high levels of radiation. They are prolific breeders, so even if a nuclear blast killed off most of them, some could survive and quickly replenish their population. 

How Long Can Cockroaches Live Without Food?

Cockroaches can live for up to a month without eating. However, they have evolved to be able to eat just about anything. When nothing tastier is available, they will eat cardboard, glue from book bindings, hair, and any other organic materials they can find. It’s nearly impossible to starve out a cockroach.

How Long Can Cockroaches Live Without Water?

Like most animals, cockroaches can survive much longer without food than without water. Cockroaches will die of dehydration after just one week without water. This is why they tend to be found in damp and humid places like under sinks, in basements, and in bathrooms. However, they can get some moisture from food they eat, so replacing leaky pipes won’t fix the whole problem.

How Many Kinds of Cockroaches Are There?

There are about 4,000 species of cockroaches in the world. Fortunately, only four species live in North America: the American cockroach, the German cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, and the Brown-banded cockroach. The most common cockroach is the German cockroach.

What Is the Average Cockroach Lifespan?

The average lifespan of a cockroach depends on its species. For example, the brown-banded cockroach can live for about four to ten months, while the Oriental cockroach can live for four to six months. The German cockroach lives for 100-200 days, and the American cockroach can live for up to a year. During their lifetime, they will lay up to 200 eggs, ensuring the species multiply and thrive.

What Do Cockroaches Eat?

Cockroaches are omnivores and will eat both animal and plant life. They are opportunistic eaters and not picky, but they like starches, sweets, greasy foods, and meat the most.

Where Do Cockroaches Live?

Outdoors, cockroaches can live in tree trunks, piles of rotting wood, sewers and drainage pipes, and near garbage. In a home or commercial building, they hide out during the day behind appliances, in basements, and in cabinets. At night, they scurry about eating and drinking, often touching and contaminating human food and cooking utensils. As a rule, they typically seek out dark, secluded places near food and water.

Our Trained Experts Are Equipped to Handle Any Cockroach Problem

If you spot even one cockroach, chances are there are more. Cockroaches are unhealthy to live with as they spread various diseases and trigger asthma. They are not likely to go away on their own, as one pair of roaches can produce up to 400,000 descendants in a year. As soon as you see a roach, it’s time to call Dodson Pest Control.

Dodson has over 75 years of experience and expertise in locating, identifying, and eradicating cockroaches. DIY tactics can help, but it takes a pro to ensure you’ve gotten rid of the entire infestation and that it will not return.

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