Cockroach Control in Vancouver

How can 1st Pest Control help with cockroach control?

Close view of a German cockroach on a counter in a Vancouver home.

At 1st Pest Control we specialize in pest and wildlife remediation, such as cockroach control. Cockroaches are prevalent throughout single family homes, multi-family buildings and commercial properties in the Lower Mainland.

Why contact 1st Pest Control to eliminate cockroach infestations?

Our mission is to eradicate pests in your home or business to give you peace of mind.

• We utilize state-of-the-art methods, and safe eco-friendly products.

• We have solid experience in residential and commercial properties including restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, food processing plants.

• We provide an effective combination of environmentally-friendly pest control services and Integrated Pest Management (IPM),

• We specialize in tailored cockroach control program specific to your location.

FAQs - Cockroaches

How can I prevent a cockroach infestation (7 Tips)?

1. Keep your home clean and tidy: Cockroaches are attracted to food, crumbs, and dirty dishes. Sweep, vacuum, and mop regularly to eliminate food sources.

2. Store food securely: Keep all food in sealed containers or the refrigerator to prevent cockroaches from accessing it.

3. Take out the trash regularly: Make sure to empty the trashcan frequently and keep it sealed to prevent cockroaches from being attracted to it.

4. Seal up cracks and crevices: Cockroaches can enter your home through small openings in walls, floors, and windows. Seal up any cracks or crevices to prevent them from getting inside.

5. Fix leaks: Cockroaches are attracted to moisture, so make sure to fix any leaks in pipes or faucets to eliminate potential water sources for them.

6. Use insecticides or traps: If you already have a cockroach infestation, consider using insecticides or traps to eliminate them. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product carefully.

7. Keep your outdoor areas clean: Cockroaches can also be attracted to outdoor areas like garbage cans and compost piles. Keep these areas clean and free of food debris to prevent them from coming inside.

Spotting cockroach activity

If you notice any of these signs of cockroach activity in your home, it’s important to take action promptly to prevent the infestation from worsening.

Sightings: Seeing live cockroaches scurrying around your home is a clear indicator of an infestation.

Droppings: Cockroach droppings can resemble small, dark, cylindrical pellets or specks that are often found in areas where cockroaches frequent.

Egg cases: Cockroach egg cases, also known as oothecae, are small, brown, capsule-like structures that contain multiple eggs. Finding these egg cases may indicate a cockroach infestation.

Musty odour: Cockroaches emit a musty, unpleasant odor that can become more noticeable as their numbers increase.

Smear marks: Cockroaches can leave smear marks on surfaces as they navigate through your home. These marks may appear as dark, irregular streaks or smudges.

Shed skins: Cockroaches shed their exoskeletons (skins) as they grow, leaving behind translucent, empty shells.

Damage to food packaging: Cockroaches are known to chew through food packaging to access food sources, leaving behind small holes or gnaw marks.

What do they look like?

Cockroach control is becoming increasingly important as the population in cities grows. These insects have lived around humans for many years and are present worldwide. As a result, they are a familiar household pest that is easily recognizable to most people. Cockroaches are dark brown in color accompanied by lighter markings across their backs. They are flat and oval insects with a three-part body (head, thorax, abdomen), six legs, and long antennae, and grow upwards to approximately half an inch to two inches long on average. Cockroaches also have non-functional wings, however, in some species, these are restricted to males.

Cockroaches produce a pungent odor that may help in identifying their presence and a possible infestation. Common cockroach species include the German cockroach, brown-banded cockroach, oriental cockroach, and American cockroach, with a larger population of the first two species present in the Pacific Northwest.

How long can a cockroach live?

The lifespan of a cockroach can vary depending on the species and environmental conditions. In general, the lifespan of a cockroach ranges from several months to a few years.

For example, the American cockroach, one of the largest common cockroach species, can live up to 1-2 years. German cockroaches, on the other hand, have a shorter lifespan of about 3 to 4 months.

Under optimal conditions, with access to food, water, and shelter, cockroaches can survive and reproduce for extended periods. It is essential to address any signs of a cockroach infestation promptly to prevent their population from growing and causing further damage to your property.

Where do they come from?

Cockroaches infest a variety of urban areas. They are opportunistic feeders attracted to warm, wet and dark areas with a food source. As a result, an occupied residence or commercial building (e.g. offices, restaurants) are ideal areas for cockroaches to thrive in. Cockroach control is needed to keep these pests from entering your home through various routes.

Their small size allows them to enter through pipes, vents, the sewer, larger entry points such as gaps along doors and windows, and other cracks and crevices leading from the outside. In addition, they may be unknowingly brought in by a person or hiding on or in an item brought into a residence.

Can they cause damage my property?

A cockroach infestation can pose health risks and cause damage to your property, so it is important to take steps to prevent and eliminate these pests. Cockroach control can prevent damage done to property and reduce health risks. Cockroaches are particularly attracted to food containing starch or sugar but will eat all types of food that humans eat.

They can also survive on feces in the sewers and consume non-perishable items, such as paper-based products (e.g. wallpaper, books, documents), clothing, and adhesive material. As they travel, they contaminate surfaces and items by leaving droppings and other filth they come in contact with.


Can they cause me or my family to become sick?

Cockroaches are well-known disease carriers. A cockroach infestation will increase the exposure and risk of diseases to people occupying the same space. Diseases are carried on the insects’ bodies, which are spread when they travel.

In addition, cockroaches shed their skin as they grow, leaving contaminated shells on surfaces or food. Illnesses associated with cockroaches are numerous and include diarrhea, cholera and typhoid.

Cockroaches have also been linked to various allergic reactions and respiratory conditions, such as asthma and pneumonia. A cockroach infestation may also affect the emotional and psychological well-being of the home owner or tenant.

Where is it most likely to find them?

Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures that commonly live in clusters. They hide in dark niches during the day, such as inside cupboards, cabinets under sinks, walls, floors, drains, under furniture and smaller objects, and in the crevices of cluttered areas.

Essentially, they can be found just about anywhere within a residence.

Why do I need to get rid of them?

As cockroaches feed, they contaminate and damage objects they come in contact with. Food exposed to cockroaches are at risk of contamination and must be thrown out. As a result, cockroaches create both costly material damage and as disease carriers, are considered hazardous to human health.

Cockroaches can cause several types of damage to you and property, including:

  1. Contamination of food: Cockroaches can carry bacteria and pathogens on their bodies, which can contaminate food surfaces and cause foodborne illnesses.
  2. Damage to belongings: Cockroaches are known to chew on paper, cardboard, cloth, and other materials. They can damage books, clothing, wallpaper, and other belongings in your home.
  3. Allergies and asthma: Cockroach allergens can trigger allergies and asthma symptoms in some people, particularly in children.
  4. Foul odour: Cockroaches produce a musty odor that can linger in your home and make it unpleasant to live in.
  5. Transmission of diseases: Cockroaches can transmit diseases such as salmonella, E. coli, and staphylococcus through their droppings, saliva, and shedding skin.

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