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Cockroaches are everywhere in New York, both in the city and on Long Island. Clean up your crumbs, take out your trash, seal up your cracks, and unless you get unlucky, you should be in decent shape, but even so, there’s only so much we can actually do. It’s hard to be as vigilant as necessary when these little buggers can get in without you noticing and set up a nest in a matter days, at which point you need to act fast to prevent a full-blown infestation.

In some ways, though, we should seriously respect these creepy-crawlers. Yes, they’re disgusting; yes, they spread disease; and yes, they take over without much trying, to the point that professional services are necessary to eliminate them.

Even so, read the following three facts about the German cockroach, America’s most common variety, and tell us you don’t at least respect the hustle:

  • A cockroach can live without its head for up to a week! That’s an honest-to-goodness fact. Eventually, it will die of thirst because it needs its head to drink water; if not for that, they could live for up to a month without eating.
  • Cockroaches tend to die on their backs because they can’t turn themselves back over. Most pesticides cause muscle spasms that cause cockroaches to involuntarily flip over onto their backs. Once in that position, without help from something close on which their feet can gain purchase, they aren’t able to right themselves.
  • Did you ever hear that if you see one cockroach, there’s probably a hundred in your walls? That’s probably not far off! Cockroaches can reach adulthood in as little as 36 days, and an adult female cockroach lays on average between 180-320 eggs in her six-month life span. If only a fraction of those eggs mature to adulthood, look out!

Whether or not you respect them, any cockroach infestation needs to be dealt with pronto, for both health and general cleanliness reasons. When you see that first cockroach, don’t hesitate: call Rest Easy Pest Control immediately. We know what to do, and it’s our pleasure to help.