Cockroach Removal & Control

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There are 4,600 species of cockroaches. Approximately 30 of these can be found lurking in human habitats.  The most common that we deal with here in the Vancouver BC area is the German cockroach. These cockroaches are infamous for spreading at alarming rates—a single roach and its offspring can produce 30,000 new roaches in a single year. Once they’re inside your property, they can be difficult to get rid of without a cockroach removal expert such as Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control. We have years of experience getting rid of cockroaches in both residential and commercial properties in our communities. It’s important to learn about cockroaches in order to implement the best cockroach control, which is why we’re here to share some expert info about these potentially dangerous pests.

Cockroach Characteristics & Habits

We have always been led to believe that cockroaches can survive anything, even a nuclear explosion. However, this is simply not true. While more resilient than most living creatures, even roaches have weaknesses. Some of the most important things to know about cockroaches include:

  1. German Cockroaches are omnivorous (meaning they will eat pretty much anything). They prefer meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods but, lacking that, will eat toothpaste, soap, glue, and books. In dire situations, they have even been known to nibble on each other’s extremities!
  2. The German roach species are capable of reproducing faster than any other residential cockroach.  The female typically produces 4 to 8 capsules in their 200-day life span, which can equate to over 300 eggs!
  3. Some signs that you are dealing with an infestation would be activated during the day, as cockroaches are nocturnal. Other signs include dead roaches, shed skin, and droppings (which look like ground pepper or coffee) on your countertops and in drawers.
  4. They’re drawn to areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, close to available food sources. 

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Cockroach Pest Control Tips

To avoid dealing with a cockroach infestation, it’s important to learn what draws them to your property in the first place. The best form of cockroach control is prevention!

Our top tips to keep roaches away include:

  1. The most important step is to keep your home clean. German cockroaches need food, moisture, and shelter to survive, which is why they are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms. You’d be surprised how many can harbor near a fridge compressor or underneath the stove range.
  2. Clean up food spills and messes immediately. Vacuum regularly. This is particularly important in the kitchen and bathroom areas as roaches are drawn to humidity and so are more likely to take up residence here.
  3. Eliminate any and all food sources. Thoroughly clean your kitchen cabinets, do not leave trash out and, if you have pets, ensure their food bowls are emptied at night. Tightly seal all food items, and don’t leave dishes in the sink overnight. Store soap & toothpaste out of reach.
  4. Keep your home dry. Use a dehumidifier and dry all sinks, bathtubs, and showers before going to bed at night. The lack of moisture will deter any roach.

Quick Cockroach Removal Services

There are no half measures when it comes to a cockroach infestation.  They need to be dealt with as soon as there is evidence of them. They are typically introduced into a home or unit by something as simple as a grocery bag or used furniture. In apartment buildings, as with bed bugs, the activity can pool over from neighboring units. Treatment for cockroaches starts with good sanitation. From there, elimination can only be achieved by the use of baits. Our highly effective cockroach extermination treatment consists of 3 visits, 7-10 days apart. On each visit, a residual gel bait is applied to all areas of high activity. The adult roaches feed off it and poop it out, which in turn is eaten by their young.  This is how we break the life cycle.

Whether you have a few roaches here or there or find yourself with a full-blown infestation, the cockroach removal experts at Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control can help. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can keep you cockroach-free in Vancouver BC all year long.

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