How Quickly can Roaches Spread Throughout the Home?


Cockroaches are one of the most iconic insects that come to mind when people hear the word “pest.” They are unsanitary, tenacious, and worst of all, they spread rapidly. With roaches, if you don’t know what you’re dealing with, the chances are you won’t have much luck trying to remove them from your place of residence. The more you know about these annoying pests, the better, so here is a brief explanation of the ways roaches spread throughout your house and how fast it can happen.

How they Reproduce

Female American cockroaches can lay between six to fourteen egg capsules in their lifetime. Each capsule holds about sixteen eggs. Depending on temperature and humidity, young cockroaches known as ‘nymphs’ will hatch between four to eight weeks. First, the nymphs hatch from their individual eggs, then they all work as a group to break through the egg capsule. Female cockroaches lay about two egg capsules a week and live for about thirty months. Also, females can store sperm for later fertilization; therefore they just need to mate once to fertilize their eggs for long periods of time, even if there are no males present. All these facts about roaches show that if left alone, they can multiply exponentially in just a short period of time. If there are roaches in your house, human intervention is the only thing that is going to get rid of them as they wont leave on their own.

How They Spread

Not only can roaches reproduce at a tremendous rate, but once they do, they have more than a few ways of getting from place to place, spreading around a house and even spreading to other homes. Roaches can get into houses in a couple different ways. One of their more preferred methods of travel is through sewer systems. They crawl through the sewer system and enter homes through sinks and tubs. They can also sneak into houses by hiding in suitcases, used furniture, moving boxes and plants; therefore, a single colony can infest not only a single home but multiple houses if not handled correctly.

A handful of cockroaches is all it takes for an entire house to become infested. Fortunately, at Alvin Pest Control, we have the experience and resources to take care of roaches or any other pest problem you may have. For quality pest control services, contact Alvin Pest Control today.

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