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:
- Keep your kitchen very clean. Do not allow grease, crumbs or clutter to accumulate anywhere.
- Move stoves and refrigerators and scrub on, around, underneath and behind them. Remove all items from the tops of stoves and refrigerators prior to treatment.
- Clean all surfaces, especially between counters and appliances.
- Clean cupboards inside and outside.
- Store all food, including pet food, in tightly sealed, roach-proof containers. Do not leave bowls of pet food on the floor overnight.
- Garbage is attractive to roaches. Keep garbage, compost and recyclables in tightly sealed containers. Empty daily, preferably in the evening, because roaches are most active at night.
- Wash and dry dishes, utensils, pots and pans immediately and do not allow dirty dishes to remain on the counter top or in the dishwasher overnight.
- Keep your vacuum cleaner handy while cleaning. If you find a cockroach population behind appliances or in cupboards, suck it up with your vacuum. When you’re done, remove the vacuum bag; seal it inside a plastic bag, then dispose of both bags outside the building.
- BE PATIENT – baits take several weeks to see results. Cockroaches will take the bait as a food source, but you must eliminate other food sources as much as possible during this time.
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.
(From our Baiting Preparation Guidelines for Cockroaches.)
Treating with Insecticides (Spraying)
If you opt to spray your home for cockroaches, you should prepare for the treatment as follows:
- Throughout the unit, move all furniture away from the walls by about 12" to 18".
- Clear the floor area of all closets so that baseboard areas can be accessed.
- Remove everything from all the kitchen cupboards. Place these items on the counter or table. After treatment, do not wash the shelves, simply line them with new paper, either shelf-lining paper or wax paper before putting the dishes or food product back. This will provide a layer of protection between the pesticide and your dishes and/or food product.
- In the bathroom, remove everything from under the sink. These items can be placed in the bathtub. After treatment, do not wash the shelves, line them with new paper same as above.
- After treatment, everyone must be away from the home for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours. If anyone in the home is pregnant or nursing, less than 1 year of age, or having severe allergies or respiratory problems, asthma or heart disease, these people should stay away for a longer period of time, generally 24 hours.
- All pets must be removed from the home for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours, except for birds which should be removed for 24 hours. If you have fish tanks, you should cover the fish tank with plastic, a towel or a sheet and unplug any fish filters as they pump outside air into the water the fish live in.
(From ourSpraying Preparation Guidelines for Cockroaches.)
If you’re experiencing an infestation, call Cal-Rid Exterminators today for cockroach control in Calgary.