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!