Cockroaches have been present on the earth for more than 400 million years. Cockroaches are considered to be one of the worst household pests because they contaminate food with their excrement, produce allergens and secrete an unpleasant odour which can permeate the indoor environment. Many people develop allergies to cockroaches. Allergens present in roach feces can become airborne along with normal house dust. The allergens can then be inhaled from the air or ingested when in contact with food.

Cockroaches prefer moist, warm, dark places typical of many homes. Cockroaches will eat almost anything they find, including pet food, crumbs, spoiled food, paints, wallpaper pastes, and book bindings. They can carry germs from the sink or bathroom onto dishes and other food surfaces, thus spreading bacteria that cause food poisoning.

The first step in eliminating cockroaches is to determine whether you have a problem with German Cockroaches or the larger American Cockroaches. German cockroaches are what many people would identify as “kitchen cockroaches” (because that is where most infestations begin.) They prefer a warm, moist environment (your kitchen and bathrooms) and love to hitch a ride from your grocery store, flea markets, day care center, even your friend’s home! American Cockroaches or what some people refer to as “flying cockroaches”, prefer a cool damp area (sewers, septic tanks, cellars and basements, compost heaps, etc…) and usually wander in from outdoors. Once you identify your problem, we’ll show you the solution!

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German Cockroach Elimination

To exterminate German Cockroaches we recommend the following:

Crack and crevice treatment: The pesticides used in this procedure will also exterminate many other pests in homes, restaurants orother businesses. A cockroach clean out is usually implemented in locations where there is a very large cockroach population or when the cockroaches in the area have been identified as a group of cockroaches that are resistant to the pesticide.

The crack and crevice treatment involves:

  1. Residual pesticides: Spraying baseboards, underneath and behind appliances and in other areas where cockroaches frequent gives you the long term control that you need.
  2. Crack & crevice work: When dealing with a severe infestation, a residual pesticide alone will not exterminate the entire cockroach population. Using professional aerosols and/or dusts enables one to inject pesticides into the tiny areas where your target pests are hiding. This also helps to “flush out” pests, forcing them to enter areas you have treated with residual products. For flushing action without a residual (for more sensitive areas, food handling appliances, etc.,) Pyrethrin Aerosols are the best.
  3. Baiting Method: We make use of a gel agent that is applied to act as a bait to attract cockroaches to feed on it. This product is applied from a large syringe, making applications simple and effective. The gel formulation enables you to place the material into cracks and crevices, appliances, pictures or clocks, in the corners of cabinets or any place where you suspect cockroaches are hiding. Each cockroach feeding on the gel will kill up to 40 other cockroaches via droppings and dead bodies. This “secondary kill” has a domino effect, eliminating up to ten generations of cockroaches with one simple application!

Cut off food & water sources

  • Wipe off your kitchen counters and dining room table (or any other place where you eat) after every meal or snack.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes on the kitchen counter overnight. If you need to soak a pot overnight, make sure it’s filled with hot, soapy water. If you need to leave dishes overnight, rinse them first.
  • If you use a dishwasher, make sure you don’t leave dirty dishes in it overnight.
  • Wipe any grease off the stove top and burners every night.
  • Clean up all food spills promptly, especially on carpets and furniture.
  • Garbage and compost should be kept in containers with lids and disposed of as often as possible.
  • If your bathroom has a fan, use it after every bath or shower to reduce humidity.
  • Keep all foods stored in kitchen cupboards in sealed containers.
  • Put store-bought foods packaged in paper or plastic bags (such as sugar, flour, rice and cookies) in glass jars or plastic containers with tight lids.
  • Vacuum and sweep your home regularly to help remove bits of food.
  • Regularly clean the inside of your oven and the air vent (fume hood) above your stove to remove grease.
  • Regularly check toilets and water faucets for leaks and make sure there are no leaks in the plumbing underneath the kitchen or bathroom sink.
  • Empty your dog’s or cat’s food and water bowls at night and fill again in the morning.
  • Wash pet food dishes daily.

Eliminate Cockroach Hiding Places

After depriving cockroaches of food and water, reduce the number of hiding places they need for shelter in your home. Cockroaches like tight, small places. Try to remove as much clutter as you can.

  • Don’t stuff paper or plastic bags in the space between your refrigerator and a kitchen cupboard. Store them in a cupboard or drawer away from the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Keep cupboards as tidy as possible, without a lot of clutter, so cockroaches don’t have narrow, dark places to hide.
  • Use the narrow crevice attachment that comes with your vacuum cleaner to suck cockroaches out of cracks, from under your refrigerator and stove, from cupboards and off furniture.
  • Hard-to-clean areas are probably the main sources of a cockroach problem. Pull out refrigerators, stoves and freezers, and clean behind, beside and under them once monthly. Wash the outside of kitchen appliances and vacuum dusty areas around motors, such as at the back of the refrigerator.
  • Seal holes in walls around plumbing and electrical lines between apartment units.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in cupboards and walls. If you own your home, you can do structural improvements yourself or hire someone to do them. If you rent, talk to your landlord or building supervisor. One of the most important things to do is to seal up the many cracks and crevices in the typical house or apartment. These are the tiny “doorways” that cockroaches use to get into their dark hiding places behind the walls. If they can’t get there, they can’t keep breeding.

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