Without a doubt, one of the most annoying and unpleasant insects, which can infest your property, is the cockroach. These insects are one of the most common domestic and cosmopolitan pests, which can invade homes, restaurants, hotels and establishments, in order to survive and feed.
These unpleasant tenants can cause serious problems, ranging from structural damage to health problems, as they transmit diseases through their excrement and waste. Not to mention the bad odor, contamination of your furniture, food, storage and stores.
If you are faced with this annoying plague and want to get rid of the infestation in your home, but don’t know how. Or, you want to get information and professional help, then you’ve come to the right place!
As AKL Exterminator, experts in extermination and pest control of all kinds, we will provide you with all the help and knowledge you need here, so that you can get rid of the roaches in your home. In addition, we will provide you with useful tips and preventive measures.
Don’t wait for the infestation to spread, let’s start!
Some facts about cockroaches
Cockroaches are insects that belong to the order Blattodea. These insects are great survivors, as they adapt to any environment and reproduce very quickly. They have an oval shape, a segmented body, jaws, three pairs of legs, antennae and wings.
There are approximately 4,000 species of cockroaches, but the most common pests are three species: the American cockroach, the German cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. These insects like damp, dark and wasteful environments, so it is not uncommon for them to invade homes or restaurants.
Life cycle of cockroaches
The life cycle of a cockroach is short (depending on the species, it can last from 50 to 100 days). Nevertheless, their reproductive capacity is amazing (about 40 eggs per female).
They start like any other insect, as eggs, then grow and develop into larvae, until they reach adulthood. Cockroaches lay their eggs in deposits (oothecae), until they hatch.
The cockroach diet
In short, cockroaches eat everything. They are omnivores, meaning they can eat anything from vegetables, legumes and meat to various types of materials and garbage.
They are also excellent scavengers. Even in times of food scarcity, they can be cannibalistic, eating each other or their body parts. They usually feed at night, as they are nocturnal insects.
What attracts cockroaches to a home?
There are a variety of factors that attract these vermin, as they invade your property in search of food, water and shelter. Once settled, they can easily infest your property and multiply with amazing speed, posing a serious threat to your stability and health.
Cockroaches like moist, warm, dark environments full of food, debris and waste to live and breed. A dirty, unkempt, messy home with dishes in the sink, garbage that has been watered down and excess moisture is the perfect habitat for this pest.
You can find them in your kitchen, basement, bathroom, sewers, landfills, or even in your own bedroom. They can invade your property through cracks, crevices, holes in pipes, holes in vents or in garbage bags. Because of their size and flattened body, they can easily slip into any corner or under your furniture.
So how do I get rid of roaches in my home?
To get rid of this annoying pest, we recommend some useful tips and effective methods, which you can apply in your home. And the most important thing is to use these recommendations, before the cockroaches infest your house! You should observe the behavior of the pest very carefully.
Remember that the reproduction rate of these insects is impressive, so many times, spraying a simple insecticide will not be enough. You must be patient and use the right products, carrying out an extermination program that can take several weeks, depending on the level of infestation.
Let’s see what methods are available to eradicate cockroaches in your home.
Do an intensive cleaning
The first step in ensuring a complete extermination of these pests is to clean and tidy your home. This way you can eliminate all sources of food, water and hiding places for roaches. Don’t leave dirty dishes or food residue on display.
Also, vacuum every corner and pick up all garbage, placing it in one place. Avoid piling up unnecessary clothes or items. Light the entire room and store all food and pets’ food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator.
Seal all possible entrances
Another effective way to get rid of roaches is to block their access and exit. Carefully check all the infrastructure in your home and repair any holes in pipes, sinks and drains. Fix any water leaks and fill in any cracks you find, in walls or ceilings.
Setting baits and traps
You can buy roach control products in stores or supermarkets. Once you have them, check for possible cockroach hiding places and nests (bathrooms, sinks, kitchen). Then place these baits or devices that attract roaches so that they are trapped.
You have several options, from sticky paper strips to poisoned food paste. Try the product that works best for you. Remember to check the traps periodically. If the roaches aren’t falling into your traps, look for other possible hiding places to move them. Also, make sure these baits are out of reach of your children or pets.
Attack with regulated chemicals
Another way to get rid of roaches is to use over-the-counter sprays or chemicals to kill them. You can mop the floor with insecticidal solutions that scare roaches away, apply insecticidal gel to areas where they hide, or spray them directly with concentrated sprays.
You can also purchase an insect growth regulator (IGR), to break the life cycle of these insects.
And don’t forget! It’s important to keep these products out of the reach of your children and pets to avoid accidents.
Hire a professional service
If the above methods don’t work and the infestation persists, you should ideally contact an exterminator or pest control company to help you solve the problem. With specialized products and equipment, pest control professionals will completely eradicate roaches from your home.
Now that you know all about roaches, and how to get rid of them in your home, feel free to apply these tips and measures to get rid of this scourge! Remember, these insects can easily infest your home and reproduce in large numbers, so be on the lookout!
And if you are already suffering from the ravages of cockroaches and cannot eradicate these insects on your own and urgently need the help of a specialized company to eradicate the infestation, do not hesitate to contact us! At AKL Exterminator, we are professionals in the extermination and control of all types of pests.
We will help you without saying a word! In addition, we offer different services and products that you can find in our amazing online store, to control all kinds of invaders, from spiders to rodents. We offer our services in the different provinces of Quebec.
You can find us at 5333 Boul. Laurier, suite 128 Terrebonne, J7M 1W1. We guarantee the quality and the warranty of our products and services, against any invading pest. Do not hesitate to contact us by clicking on the image below! We take calls at any time!