Cockroach infestations can cause health and safety issues including allergies and asthma triggered by cockroach allergens, as well as the spread of germs and bacteria.
If you are seeing small roaches on countertops, in cabinets, or coming out of appliances or electronics, chances are these are cockroaches. Cockroaches live indoors and can multiply very quickly. An average egg case can contain 30 – 40 eggs and just one female can produce 35,000 offspring a year.
It is important to start treatments when you first notice a problem. Many times homeowners may buy a tube of cockroach bait to try and deal with the problem themselves. Most of the time they will not be successful. Cockroaches are very adept at avoiding certain baits and with their fast life cycle, they are also capable of building up resistance to some products.
What are the most common cockroaches?
The most common cockroaches in the United States are:
- American Cockroach
- Brown-banded Cockroach
- German Cockroach
- Oriental Cockroach
What do cockroaches eat?
Cockroaches feed on a variety of foods – meats, cheeses, and sweets. Like silverfish, they also enjoy starches, including starch found in clothing or even the glue in book bindings and stamps. They may also eat human hair, skin, and nails.
What is the development cycle of cockroaches?
They develop by a gradual metamorphosis with the egg, nymph, and then adult. Egg cases contain two rows of eggs, and the nymphs escape through a seam along the side. Nymphs look like adults but lack wings and may be a lighter color. After a period f growth and several molts, they become adults. The time required for them to mature varies with the species and also with the season and region. Temperature and moisture, as well as food, play an important part in their development.
How to get rid of cockroaches
Treatment techniques have greatly improved and it is usually not recommended that you have to clean out your cabinets. At Barrier Pest Services, our certified technicians use a combination of products to treat and eliminate the roaches. Cockroach baits are important because they will kill the adults and provide a food source for the eggs when they hatch. Effective baiting includes knowing which products are effective and placing the bait in the best location.
One time treatments are not recommended for cockroaches. It takes more than one visit to effectively control this pest. Just a few remaining adults can lead to a big problem. Once this problem is resolved, our Quarterly Pest Service will provide effective treatment against roaches.