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From bread and sugar, to paint and paper, a cockroach will eat just about anything found in our homes. Although we may not welcome them, cockroaches are a major food source for many other animals and are important recyclers in nature. They have also been used in scientific experiments benefiting humans.

What to Know About Roaches

  • One of the oldest insects – fossil remains date back 200 million years.
  • There are 4,200 known species of cockroaches in the world. 120 different species are found in the United States.
  • They can survive a month or more without food, but less than two weeks without water.
  • They like dark, damp places with a plentiful food supply. During the day, they hide in warm, dark places, such as under sinks, behind dishwashers, stoves, and refrigerators, and inside cupboards.
  • Cockroaches have 6 legs, wings, and two antennae.
  • Cockroaches feed usually at night on a variety of foods, especially starches and sugar, including book-bindings, photographic film, linens, leather goods, and numerous food items.
  • They produce an acrid odor that may permeate items with which they have contact.
  • Under optimum conditions, cockroaches can produce two million offspring in one year with an average breeding season resulting in 350,000 offspring.
cockroach on a cup
If You Can’t Live With Them, Here Are Some Tips to Control Them
  • Call MidState to schedule our No Bugs Pest Elimination Service.
  • Eliminate their sources of food and water.
  • Seal cracks and crevices with caulk or putty.

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