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Cockroaches are usually most visible and active in the evening hours when they come out to feed. They spend most daylight hours hiding in cracks and crevices. Eliminating cockroaches can be difficult due to their prolific breeding pattern, their ability to hide in small spaces, and the short time between hatching and reaching reproductive maturity. If you do not manage to eliminate at least 95% of a colony you will probably find yourself facing the same problem over again within a few short weeks.
DIET AND HABITAT
Cockroaches will eat just about anything we humans can, as well as other food stuffs we wouldn’t dream of touching, including soap, toothpaste and glue. In fact, any starchy, sugary, fatty substance will do and, in times of food shortages, Some cockroaches will even turn cannibalistic and devour each other’s legs and wings.
HOW COCKROACHES GET IN TO YOUR HOUSE
Cockroaches start out by colonizing kitchen and bathroom areas where they can be close to heat, moisture and their food sources. They can enter through the piping in the kitchen or washroom, the garage, entrances, holes or cracks in walls.
Adult roaches are 1/2” to 5/8” long, flat and tan to light brown in colour. Cockroaches have wings, yet do not fly. Females can lay 30 to 48 eggs, about every 6 weeks, taking 28 days to hatch. To rid your home of cockroaches, a pest professional will use one of two methods: baiting or treating with insecticides.
We prefer baiting as its the most safe and efficient way of getting rid of Cockroaches. Baiting is a totally non-invasive procedure – you do not have to leave your home, nor do your pets. We use a scientific technique with 100% results with very little preparation that needs to be done. The products that will be used have no odour and pose no harm to anyone, including those suffering from asthma, allergies or respiratory issues.
Cockroach problems can be controlled by using baits. Baiting will provide 100% control of the existing infestation. Spraying with residual insecticide may not achieve 100% control. Spraying will start to show results quicker than baiting, but baiting will provide long-term control. BE PATIENT – baits take several weeks to see results. Cockroaches will take the bait as a food source, but you must eliminate other food sources as much as possible during this time.
Sanitation is important to prevent or lessen the cockroach problem. Sanitation measures include:
Removing grease and food debris from all kitchen surfaces, including behind and under fridge and stoves
Storing food in insect-proof containers
Repair moisture leaks
Sealing cracks and crevices to prevent cockroaches from hiding