In addition to their creepy appearance, cockroaches are destructive and pose health hazards to humans. A common misnomer is that cockroaches are only found in dirty buildings, but in reality, they can appear anywhere. They thrive in warmer climates, love old buildings and high-rises, and gather wherever food is stored, making them a real problem in kitchens.
Cockroaches can get inside a home or business easily by squeezing through small cracks and crevices. They also move behind walls, baseboards, and even travel through pipes and hoses. In fact, cockroaches can hitch a ride in boxes that were previously stored or salvaged from a dumpster to be used for packing purposes.
The problem with cockroaches is that they leave behind bacteria and droppings that contaminate the home or business environment. Similar to salmonella, the bacteria cause a number of problems, including food poisoning. Cockroaches also shed; as small body parts settle in the dust, they contribute to respiratory health-related issues, such as asthma and allergies. According to medical researchers, as much as 37 percent of children are allergic to cockroaches.
If you suspect that your home or business has a roach problem, you need to take quick and appropriate action. During a female cockroach’s six-month life, her egg capsule carries between 30 and 50 eggs. After hatching, nymphs reach adulthood in just 45 days. That means during a female’s lifecycle, roughly 150 nymphs are produced.
The magnitude of the problem intensifies after looking at the number of roaches produced by one female and her young. For instance, a female German cockroach, the most common of all roach species, and her young can produce up to 300,000 nymphs in one year. A brown-banded female cockroach, commonly found in Toronto and the greater Toronto area, and her young produce around 600 nymphs a year.
If you plan to move your home or office location, we strongly recommend having a professional inspection performed ahead of arrival. Of course, if you suspect a problem in an existing home or business, a professional inspection is also critical. Following are some of the telltale signs of a roach infestation.
- Visual Confirmation – Cockroaches hide in darkness, so the best way to get a visual confirmation is by flipping on a light in the kitchen or bathroom. However, you may also find dead cockroaches in common hiding areas, including under kitchen appliances, beneath the kitchen sink, and in the food pantry.
- Cockroach Feces – Roaches love food, plant material, dead skin cells, and feces. With cockroaches’ raging appetites, their feces are easy to spot. Found in common hiding places, the feces consist of dark brown- or black-colored oval specks. Typically, a large amount of feces indicates a full-blown infestation.
- Egg Cases – Rather than lay a single egg, cockroaches produce oothecae, an oblong brown casing that holds the eggs.
- Foul Odor – Cockroaches produce a pungent, musty odor. As an infestation grows, the smell becomes increasingly worse. Once roaches die, the smell of oleic acid is also produced due to decompensation. Both odors linger in the air, making it easier to identify a problem.
At Pestico, we are the best exterminator for roaches. However, we also offer several additional pest control services. With experience and expertise, our technicians know where to look and what to look for. Based on the roach species and the degree of the infestation, our technicians use the appropriate treatment method, whether spray, bait, or gel. If you suspect a mild problem or an infestation in your home or business, please call Pestico Canada Inc. today at 416-747-PEST (7378) for professional cockroach extermination.