Sunday, October 23, 2011

Do bugs die?

Yes! Yes they do.

Most grasshoppers can only survive the winter as an egg; the adults all die when it gets cold. In warm climates which don't have freezing winters, grasshoppers can probably live longer, maybe for several years. Most die long before that though, from disease or predators or drought.

Roaches, on the other hand, can adapt to the cold, but will most likely die if the temperatures drop below 32 degrees.  

All I'm saying is...I've lived in the midwest for my whole life and we have cockroaches that that are about the size of a penny or nickel vs living down in the south now and we have cockroaches that are about the size of a quarter or larger. :D

Thrive much? Perhaps not as well as they do in the south. 

now, enough about bugs.

How 'bout them Cardinals?


  1. I've lived in several climates and had to learn all about these little buggers in order to save my sanity (and my wallet)... I hope this helps. I apologize in advance for the length.)

    Roaches - 101: Part 1
    There are several breeds of roaches and, depending on the breed, you may have nothing to worry about other than your 11 month old putting things in her mouth.

    It sounds like you have the American Cockroach - big, ugly, dark (with non-translucent) backsides (and heads up - they can fly short distances). They are most common in warmer climates in the south, and especially in the tropics. South Texas (where I live) is notorious for them. They are harmless, and don't breed to infestation proportions within your home, however, they do live underground and can infest in your yard but you can not control that (that I know of). When it gets cooler outside, they seek warmer shelter indoors. If you spray the outer perimeter of your home with a pesticide (doors and windows) once a month, that should help keep them out. ($$ saving tip: The OTC kind will work just as well as any pest control company's spray). You may still see one or two but, for the most part, the American cockroach will stay away with the spray.

    To be continued...

  2. Part 2

    The other kind is the German cockroach. This bugger breeds, and breeds, and breeds some more, until an infestation is nearly impossible to control. They live in your house, under your foundation and in your yard, in your walls, drawers, anywhere dark and cooler with access to water. They are major breeders, as well as food and water seekers, so keep an eye on those trash cans inside and out too. The German cockroaches are translucent, about the size of a nickel and very hard to get exterminate if there is an infestation. They like to hang around water areas, pipes, drains, and the dark. They will "scatter" when exposed to light. If you see one of these - you may as well have seen 100 or 1000. They lay eggs every other day - one adult lays 1000 eggs - with about half the eggs surviving, and half of those maturing to hatch /adulthood. Once hatched, those new hatchlings will breed in about 2 days. This is why it is hard to control them once they are present. Also, eggs (in the larva state) are impossible to kill - they must hatch to kill the infest. The spray will not do it alone. These roaches become immune to the treaments. Alternating spray on day 1 - powder on day two - skip day 3 - spray on day 4 - powder on day 5 - skip day 6 etc. will help control it - but not destroy them because the eggs can not be killed but over time - you will see a difference so long as you are consistent and diligent with treatments (a professional is needed for powder treatments).

    To be continued...

  3. Part 3
    Another type of roach is the Oriental Roach. They have more flat, rounded backs, a semi-translucent shelling, are about the size of a penny and can be quickly identified by a distinctive line down the center of its back, like it's dividing its shell. (Some also have brown spots on their backs with the line.) They do not breed as much as the German Roach, and don't often infest homes, however they do like their water sources as much as any breed of roaches. The Oriental roaches mainly live outdoors among the American Roaches, underground and near foundations where it is cooler.

    My advise: Identify what type you are seeing (and where you are seeing them) before you do what I did... spend thousands of $$ on treatments that failed, (and tossing out thousands of $$ in furniture thinking I had an infestation) only to find out I was NOT battling a home invasion type of roach, rather just a few little buggers wanting to cool off from the Texas heat - the American Roach. PS. The bug company I hired in the beginning did not share info on different types of roaches, as I was new to Texas and NEVER saw any roach THAT BIG before, rather, they just gladly cashed my check each month, KNOWING I didn't have a clue. I finally educated myself, fired them, took matter into my own hands and have been roach free in Texas ever since.
    I hope this helps. Good luck.

  4. Thank you so much, DeCanon! You are right, I have only seen the dark American cockroach. I see them occasionally and all of them have been dead except for the one this morning, which was in my spice cabinet. :P It's probably still there as I didn't have guts to go digging around looking for it to come back out. A chore for my husband. haha.

    yikes, i'll be keeping my eye out for any other type of pest, though. Thanks for mentioning the spray. We have a pest service that comes once a month, but she only sprayed INSIDE the house, which I thought was strange but was told the spray was safe, so I took their word for it. And I'm sure it is safe but I didn't understand why they didn't just spray around the house.
    Thanks again,


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