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Have you heard that cockroaches can survive a nuclear attack? It is true—but only partly true. In the event of a nuclear attack, many cockroaches would die. A cockroach cannot withstand the explosion of a thermonuclear warhead. What they're able to withstand is the nuclear fallout. Cockroaches have an incredibly high tolerance to radiation. Why are we telling you this? Because it speaks to their formidability. Cockroaches aren't just tolerant to radiation, they can also survive contact with extremely toxic chemicals. When they are exposed to chemicals and survive, young cockroaches can shed old skin and replace them with new skins that are far more resistant. These are incredibly strong insects. This is one of the key reasons they're so hard to get out of homes in our Plano, Texas service area. If you go after these insects with chemicals, you're likely to be disappointed by the results. In fact, you're likely to make yourself sick. This is only one of many reasons why cockroaches in Plano are hard to get out. Here are a few more to consider.

Bait Aversion

When cockroaches are discovered, you might decide to use bait to address your cockroach infestation. But, this can fall short. Not only is it easy to select a bait that your particular cockroaches aren't interested in, but they can also already have an aversion to the bait you've selected, even if it is known to be the correct bait for the species of cockroach you're dealing with. Did that blow your mind a little? It should because it doesn't make sense until you understand that cockroaches can genetically alter their taste preferences when confronted with a food source that is dangerous to them. Their taste buds literally reconfigure to protect them, and the other cockroaches in their collective, from being harmed. This genetic alteration happens slowly within a population as they are continually exposed to one bait. What's more, it is passed on to their offspring. If cockroaches hitchhike into your home from another area of infestation, they may already have an aversion to certain baits. This is why pest professionals use a combination of products and methods to effectively control cockroach infestations.


There are many natural deterrents for getting rid of cockroaches. While these can be effective when used as part of a multi-pronged approach, they are not effective on their own. One example is the use of sanitation to control roaches. Most cockroaches prefer not to live in clean environments. These roaches can easily be managed by keeping your home clean. There are, however, a select few that don't care how clean your home is. For these pest roaches, sanitation only works to limit food options and restrict population growth. The unfortunate reality is that cockroaches can eat a lot of stuff! If you attempt to clean your home enough to repel cockroaches, you're going to have to do more than clean the floors, shelves, and counters in your kitchen and pantry.

  • Cockroaches can feed on food under your appliances, in your drains, and in the cracks and crevices of your food storage areas.

  • Cockroaches can get into your dishwasher and feed on the organic matter left on your dishes.

  • If you snack while sitting on your couch, there can be a buffet of crumbs on your couch. That couch is going to have to be cleaned if you want to drive roaches out.

  • If your kids bring food into their rooms, they can be feeding the roaches.

  • If you have a humid room that has wallpapered walls, cardboard boxes, stacked paper, books, or other objects made of paper, roaches can find all the food they need from the cellulose within these paper products.

  • The most disturbing food sources that cockroaches eat can be found in your bathroom. These insects eat dead skin, hair, feces, and toothpaste.

You're going to have a difficult time eliminating the food sources in your home that can allow certain pest roaches to live with you. Sanitation is only one piece of the puzzle.

Never-Ending Roaches

Cockroaches breed quickly, are highly mobile, and can get into your home through tiny gaps. If you have any success catching or eliminating cockroaches within your home, more roaches can come in to replace the ones you've taken out. It is a never-ending cycle. For this reason, we recommend ongoing exterior pest control once a cockroach infestation has been addressed.

How To Get Cockroaches Out

If you live in Plano, Texas, contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for cockroach extermination, ongoing residential pest control, or both. We provide indoor treatments to arrest infestations, and support these treatments by providing exterior pest maintenance all year, every year. Investing in pest control is one of the best ways to safeguard your property and health. Get your protection in place today.

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