Cockroaches in Cape Town
Are you experiencing cockroach infestations at your home or business? This situation requires a solution that eliminates cockroaches from your home and prevents them from returning. Pest Managers have a variety of methods available for controlling the spread of cockroaches. Pest Managers can assist with all types of cockroach fumigations and control in Cape Town.
What are Cockroaches?
Cockroaches have been pests to humans since the beginning of permanent human settlements. Since cockroaches are small in size, it has been especially difficult for humans to eradicate these disease-spreading pests. Cockroaches are able to reproduce successfully and are found in nearly every type of human habitation around the globe, including restaurants, hotels, food processing facilities, and apartments.
What attracts Cockroaches?
Food, water, and shelter are all factors that attract cockroaches.
Cockroaches are omnivorous and scavengers, but they appear to have a preference for meats, sugars, fats, and starches. They have been found to eat cardboard boxes on occasion.
Cockroaches may also engage in cannibalism when other food sources are not available – eagerly devouring their fellow cockroaches’ legs and wings.
In addition to moisture and water, cockroaches are also attracted to leaky water pipes.
These insects survive in the temperature ranges of human dwellings, despite being relatively hardy.
Are Cockroaches Harmfull?
Children and adults are known to develop asthma when exposed to cockroaches. By inhaling cockroach excrement or decomposing cockroach body parts, the asthmatic reaction is triggered. Continuous exposure to an area infested with cockroaches often causes this problem to persist.
In addition to causing asthma, cockroaches can transmit a number of pathogens harmful to humans, including E. coli, Salmonella, dysentery, and typhus, among others. It is often the case that food poisoning caused by E. coli and Salmonella shares a number of common symptoms, such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
Symptoms such as these may indicate a roach infestation in your home, office, or another area you frequently visit.
What do Cockroaches look like?
Despite the fact that there are many varieties of cockroaches, they generally have a similar appearance. Depending on the species, adult cockroaches typically measure 25mm to 32,5mm in length. In general, cockroaches are orange, tan, or brown in color.
Among the other characteristics of this species are the six legs, two long and active antennae, and the oval shape. A few species of cockroaches have fully developed wings, but most do not have the ability to fly.
The Cockroach Life Cycle
During the life cycle of a cockroach, three stages are involved: egg, nymph, and adult. It is the female cockroach that produces the ootheca, the egg capsule that starts the life cycle of a cockroach. Two rows of eggs are contained inside this loaf-shaped egg case, which looks like a loaf of bread.
Newly hatched cockroaches are called nymphs, and over time they develop into adults by molting as they grow larger.
Can Cockroaches get into food?
The presence of cockroaches in household kitchens, restaurants, and food processing facilities is a widespread problem. In order to prevent roaches from contaminating the food supply, modern food safety regulations, the restaurant industry and food manufacturers all take their own steps. For the most part they are successful. However, a few disturbing facts should be noted, in order to encourage further efforts to eradicate these pests from areas where they should not be present.
- Regulations currently permit a certain amount of “insect filth” to be present in food samples tested by authorities. Living cockroaches, their corpses, parts, excrement, and egg cases are included in this category.
- Approximately 33 types of bacteria, six types of parasitic worms, and more than seven other human pathogens are associated with cockroaches, according to a report published by the National Pest Management Association. In most cases, these diseases are spread through the movement of roaches over food surfaces or the invasion of food products.