What do they look like?
Cockroaches 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, 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.
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.
Will they cause any damage to my home or business?
Yes. 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.
Will 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 will I generally find them in my home or business?
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 have 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.
How can 1st Pest Control help?
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. With industry-leading techniques and pest control methods, you can feel secure that your home or business is being treated to the highest industry and safety standards by our Certified Pest Control Technicians. By combining both environmentally-friendly pest control services and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, we will create a specialized treatment program tailored to your specific location and infestation. Our mission is to eradicate pests in your home or business to give you peace of mind and to ensure the safety of you and those you care about.
When can we get started?
Today! Call 1st Pest Control and our Certified Pest Control Technicians and friendly office staff will begin creating a customized treatment program to get your pest problem under control. 1-844-PEST-CANADA (737-8226).
At 1st Pest Control, we aim to help you reclaim your space from pests and wildlife.