This pervasive bug is a hardy species—able to live up to 6 weeks without feeding and without its head for weeks. 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. They are often found in kitchens, around all appliances. They can also be found in bathrooms. They eat most foods, especially starches, sweets, grease and garbage, which is why it is very important to clean up any spilled food or crumbs. To rid your home of cockroaches, a pest professional will use one of two methods: baiting or treating with insecticides.
Baiting is a totally non-invasive procedure – you do not have to leave your home, nor do your pets. There is no 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.
Following is a list of things that will assist in the elimination process:
DO NOT use any insecticides in your unit. It may repel cockroaches away from the baits.
DO NOT use household cleaners near the baits. These may also repel cockroaches away from the baits.
Treating with Insecticides (Spraying)
If you opt to spray your home for cockroaches, you should prepare for the treatment as follows: