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Roaches have been on earth for approx. 70 million years. There are many varieties, yet the ones affecting humans all have the same requirements; Food, moisture, harborage, heat. Roaches can eat almost anything organic, including paper, glue, soap, leather, even hair; yet they cannot survive more than a week without a moisture source. They are not considered a social insect, but tend to reside in close proximity to one another – usually in dark, warm areas near a food/ moisture source.
Introduction of this pest occurs through many sources; shopping bags, soda/beer cases, groceries, used furniture, etc. Sanitation is a major concern and good sanitation practices will help immensely to limit the ability of this pest to claim a foothold in homes.
Control methods involve inspecting for harborage areas, poor sanitation and possible introduction points. Once these are determined, a comprehensive baiting/treatment plan is usually sufficient to eliminate this pest. However, consistent homeowner involvement is required for complete control.
Yes. It is the most common form of introduction for this pest.
In some cases, you may have only one insect transported into that specific area; if it is a male or immature female, lyou may be safe. However, these insects are reclusive, so you may be mistaken in thinking there is only one insect.
In general, what is called a water bug is actually a species of cockroach. It is normally misdiagnosed; its true name is the Oriental Cockroach, and it prefers dark damp climates when possible.