AKL EXTERMINATEUR, SPECIALISTS IN ERADICATING STRIPED COCKROACHES
One of the most numerous cockroach species in Quebec, to the misfortune of many people, is the striped cockroach. Also known as the “brown banded cockroach“, this species is just as (or worse) problematic than its relatives.
This household pest is known for its brown stripes and terrifying ability to fly, but the inconvenience doesn’t end there! They are very destructive guests, as they ruin your belongings, invade all kinds of furniture, ruin appliances and even take over your clothes.
Organic waste is the basis of the striped cockroach’s diet. It is omnivorous and feeds on food residues, organic matter, starch contained in paper or various waste.
In addition, they are vectors of diseases, parasites and very harmful bacteria. These harmful bugs are capable of contaminating everything in their path, leaving their waste and eggs everywhere, even in your groceries! And let’s not talk about the fatal health consequences for people.
Its presence is capable of triggering severe allergies, gastrointestinal illnesses and even skin reactions and respiratory complications. This pest is really harmful, and unlike its congeners, it can survive in warm and dry environments.
The foul odor of their droppings and hatchlings is unbearable! And like all cockroaches, this species is capable of reproducing in large numbers to invade all kinds of establishments and residences. Certainly, an infestation of these insects can bring you many worries and dangers.
So don’t take the risk of waiting! You must be alert to any sign of infestation and react immediately against the striped cockroach, and what better way to fight it than by seeking professional services! Don’t let these intruders do their thing with your food and your property!
And if you are already dealing with this annoying pest and want to eradicate it, then you are in the right place! Hire the most effective domestic pest control services at AKL Exterminateur! We are the most qualified pest exterminators in all of Quebec.
Our company is committed to eradicating any infestation of brown banded cockroaches in your residential or commercial property! But so that you know how to recognize your invader, let’s take a look at this pest, its behaviors, habits, infestation patterns and measures to combat it.
At AKL Exterminateur, our priority is to eradicate any insects and rodents to restore well-being and tranquility to you and your loved ones!
STRIPED COCKROACH DATA SHEET, WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE?
The striped cockroach, also called the brown-banded cockroach, is a small species of house (or indoor) cockroach. Supella longipalpa, its scientific name, can measure between 10 to 20 mm. It has a long, flattened and rather narrow body.
These cockroaches have a pair of wings that protrude from their bodies in the case of males, while females have shorter wings. Their colors vary from a light brown to a bronze-brown. But what characterizes them most are their striking brown bands.
Like belts or rings, this species is distinguished from its relatives by these stripes that extend from the lower-middle part of its abdomen. Sometimes the wings cover these bands, which is why many confuse them with German cockroaches because of their similar sizes.
Even as nymphs, these rings are visible. And like other cockroaches, their oval shape with six legs and two long antennae helps them sneak into small spaces. In addition, their coloration allows them to go unnoticed among furniture and food.
LIFE AND REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE
The life span of these cockroaches is very short (between 200 days and 1 year). However, they compensate for this small survival expectancy with an alarming reproductive capacity. Females are capable of laying up to 14 egg capsules, each containing up to 20 offspring. Frightening!
This allows this species to quickly populate any nesting space. Their reproductive cycle begins when the female fertilizes her eggs for 1 or 2 days. She then deposits the ootheca in her hiding place. Incubation of the new hatchlings varies between 40 and 80 days.
Once hatched, the new nymphs emerge to mature in 2 to 6 months to adult form. In dry and warm environments, they hatch faster than other cockroaches. Adults, within the same nest, restart the cycle immediately after the others reach sexual maturity.
For this reason, brown banded cockroaches are a very difficult pest to eradicate. Thanks to their high reproductive rate and their formidable adaptation to warm environments, these capabilities allow them to invade the interiors of buildings and homes more easily.
WHAT DO STRIPED COCKROACHES FEED ON?
Like any cockroach, this species feeds on almost anything. They can eat practically any organic waste, food waste and garbage. They are quintessential omnivores, as well as opportunistic scavengers. They also love foods with high levels of starch and glucose.
In times of scarcity, they may devour other items, such as glue, paper, toothpaste, nylon, bindings, stamps, etc. They are even capable of eating body fluids, decaying matter, other insects and even their own relatives. Which is certainly frightening!
WHERE DO STRIPED COCKROACHES NEST AND HIDE?
Brown banded cockroaches are cunning insects. They infiltrate properties for easy access to food, warm shelter and a dry environment. An infestation of this household pest poses many threats to your health and the integrity of your property.
Unlike the German or American cockroach, the striped cockroach prefers a warm, dry environment (25°- 35°C). This species is not an outdoor cockroach, but an indoor one. Their habitat is indoors, and once inside, it will be difficult to eliminate them due to their behavior and diet.
The striped cockroach may nest in furniture, near appliances or in crevices. Another peculiarity of this species is that they like to lay their eggs in high places (their wings facilitate this). In addition, they do not need humidity to reproduce and feel at ease.
Another big difference, and to the misfortune of many, is that brown banded cockroaches hide more in bedrooms, closets and living rooms than in kitchens, bathrooms and areas near food and water sources. In other words, they prefer to live in areas where you sleep, socialize and rest.
How horrifying! Also, because of their taste for heights, it is usual for striped cockroaches to hide behind picture frames, on top of shelves, at the top of cupboards and pantries, through the ceiling, inside clocks, radios and appliances fixed in high spaces.
HABITS AND PLACES WHERE THEY ARE FOUND
Brown striped cockroaches, being more indoor friendly, can be found in apartments, houses, hotels, restaurants, stores and even hospitals. We already mentioned that they like high areas, but they are also nocturnal insects. They always avoid light and you will only see them at night.
They tend to communicate and move around furniture or high places. In other cases, you will be able to perceive them when they fly. Because they thrive in warm temperatures, they have no problem hiding near the heat emitted by electronic devices (such as televisions and computers).
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A BROWN BANDED COCKROACH INFESTATION?
Detecting the presence of these unpleasant invaders is difficult and frustrating because of their nocturnal behavior. Let’s take a look at some of the signs:
- First, you can recognize an infestation by the traces of decay they leave on containers, cupboards, pantries and food storage spaces. Because of their destructive eating habits, you may find your supplies and belongings punctured, broken or gnawed (from boxes, food bags, clothing and even photographs).
- A second sign of infestation is a strong odor due to the pheromones they use to communicate and attract a sexual partner. You may also smell a musty odor, which will indicate an advancing infestation (of hundreds of striped cockroaches).
- A third sign of invasion is the presence of excrement trails (black spots) in elevated areas, on top of walls, pictures and furniture. Cockroaches leave this fecal matter to establish meeting points and to maintain communication.
- A fourth sign of their presence is the appearance of oothecae (egg deposits), molted skins and the remains of these capsules scattered around the furniture. This clearly indicates the uncontrolled reproduction of these insects.
- Fifth, finally, you may encounter one (or more) brown banded cockroaches at night. They usually scurry along walls, but they can also fly. And they will be very easy to recognize when you see the brown rings around them.
HOW CAN I GET RID OF AN INFESTATION OF STRIPED COCKROACHES?
If you have found one or more of the signs of infestation mentioned above, that means red alert! It’s time to act! To eradicate these horrible guests, there are different methods and treatments you can apply yourself.
You will also have to spend a lot of time and patience, as brown banded cockroaches (because of their nocturnal habits and preference for heights) will be very difficult to catch. In addition, their hiding places are more scattered than those of their relatives, which will be a greater challenge for you.
You must eliminate all their nests to prevent further spread. And as long as the infestation is not so out of control, you can try on your own. But in excessive cases, the best thing to do is to call a pest control company like us, AKL Exterminateur.
Our comprehensive services are the best in all of Quebec for domestic pest extermination. Our exterminators will wipe out all the striped cockroaches in your residential or commercial property! Let’s review then some ways to eliminate them:
The most important measure you must comply with is to keep your property clean and free of dust. Unlike the other cockroaches, the priority here is not to eliminate water leaks or damp spaces, but rather heat sources or where dust accumulates.
You should also block all exposed food sources and waste dumps. It is vital that you seal all entrances and crevices to prevent access to brown banded cockroaches. Avoid having piles of garbage in piles and illuminate all unoccupied rooms.
Also, disinfect all surfaces where striped cockroaches may lurk, especially in high areas or pantries where you store your supplies. If food bins or bags have been gnawed through, discard everything and get airtight containers.
USING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH: SANITATION PLUS INSECTICIDES
Brown banded cockroaches require a multi-pronged strategy that combines cleaning plus the application of over-the-counter insecticides. Make sure to thoroughly clean all high corners of your property and then use insecticides, specifically indoor insecticides.
You should pay extra attention to high, warm and dry places (closets, walls, ceilings, shelves, pantries, etc.). Also diligently inspect cracks and openings near appliances or heat-producing devices (such as refrigerators, stereos, etc.).
APPLY PRODUCTS AGAINST COCKROACHES IN INFESTED AREAS
Individual baits, insecticidal dusts, insect growth regulators, gels, bait stations, sticky traps and cockroach bombs are the most effective products for detecting and killing an infestation.
Depending on the previous inspection you have made, you can apply the product that best suits you in the areas where you have identified the nests of the striped cockroaches. If a specific one doesn’t work for you, try different methods. There are a variety of over-the-counter insecticides available.
You should also monitor traps, baits or other products in strategic corners to see if the cockroaches are consuming them. See to it that they do this so that the deceived bugs spread the poison in their colonies and die. Otherwise, your efforts will be in vain.
An important detail is to make sure to place these insecticides out of the reach of your children and pets. Avoid mixing them so as not to generate unnecessary contamination. Be patient. Sometimes the effects of insecticides are delayed due to the large number of invaders present on your property.
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HIRE QUALIFIED EXTERMINATORS
Sometimes different methods and insecticides will not work, as striped cockroaches may evade them or develop resistance. If the infestation is too serious, do not hesitate to contact us, as AKL Exterminateur we are the most recognized pest control company in Quebec!
HOW TO PREVENT THE APPEARANCE OF BROWN BANDED COCKROACHES?
- To avoid a potential infestation of these unwanted invaders, AKL Exterminateur recommends some preventive tips that you can apply. Let’s see what they are!
- Caulk all exterior openings, cracks and crevices.
- Constantly check furniture and nooks and crannies near appliances for the presence (or absence) of these cockroaches.
- Repair leaky pipes, as these little pests will infiltrate even the smallest gap.
- Make sure at all times not to leave residue, crumbs or grease on your kitchen or other surfaces.
- Vacuum floors, carpets and corners frequently to prevent the accumulation of dirt and dust.
- Regularly check the grills of appliances and heat-emitting appliances.
- Keep your kitchen and bathroom clean at all times.
- Do not leave food or dishes exposed on the table or sink.
- Store all your food and supplies in airtight, tightly sealed containers.
- Light all unoccupied areas to keep striped cockroaches away.
- Deposit all garbage in tightly sealed bins.