German Cockroaches are the most common roach species encountered in the structures of our region. They are known for transmitting diseases such as Salmonella and contributing to childhood asthma.
Oriental Cockroaches are primarily an outdoors pest, found in sewers, under rocks, or in dense piles of vegetation.
Cockroaches are by far one of the most difficult pests to control. Their species has survived, virtually unchanged, for more than 350 million years, and they will likely be here long after we have gone. Professional assistance is highly recommended. In Western Washington, there are primarily two Cockroaches you will encounter: the prolific German Cockroach, and the Oriental Cockroach.
OUR CONTROL PROCESS
We have all the important tools and techniques that are required to eliminate even the worst Cockroach infestations. It all begins with a complete and thorough inspection of the structure to determine the high concentration areas and harborage sites.
Almost every cockroach infestation must be controlled using a multi-faceted attack on them. There are mechanical control measures—such as monitoring glue boards and vacuuming—that immediately remove a large portion of the population and their eggs. Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) will prevent young roaches from reaching the reproductive adult stage, and gel baits can provide more placement flexibility and faster results than standard Roach Motels.
Many times, sanitation improvement is also required to gain control in these difficult circumstances. Roaches can and will eat almost anything to survive, including their own feces and human toenail clippings. Eliminating all potential food sources is vital, especially when roach baits will be used to obtain control.
In the event of a severe infestation, we can use an Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) machine to inject materials deep into the smallest inaccessible cracks, crevices, and voids where the roaches live and breed. Roach infestations are rarely fully controlled with one treatment, so recurring services are highly recommended for complete and lasting control.
If a multi-unit building is infested, it is recommended that each unit or at least the surrounding units be treated for complete control, as roaches frequently dwell in the wall cavities. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation to determine the best course of action for you.
- Cockroaches can cause your allergies to become worse. Decaying exoskeletons, feces, and associated bacteria can all have a negative impact on your health and allergies.
- Cockroaches are also associated with shellfish allergies. If you suffer from shellfish allergies, eating a Cockroach will trigger the same reaction.
- There are more than 4,000 different species of Cockroach throughout the world, including American, Brown-banded, Smokybrown, and the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach to name a few.
- The largest Cockroach in the world, six inches long with a wingspan of 12 inches, is found in South America.
- Cockroaches can go without oxygen for up to 40 minutes.
- Some species of Cockroach (including the German Cockroach) can go from newborn to adult in as little as 36hrs.
- A roach can survive without its head for several days. They eventually die of dehydration.
- Cockroaches can survive for up to one year.