How to identify Cockroaches?
Cockroaches can measure over 50 mm (2 in) length, with tropical species tending to be larger than those found in other climates. Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and some have wings. However, most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying. Read more about what a cockroach looks like.
Cockroaches belong to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta and Order Blattaria. Some species invade human dwellings and are considered pests. Others are beneficial to the environment as important recyclers of decaying organic material. The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present. Restaurants may also experience cockroach infestations.
Cockroaches emit unpleasant odors and may also produce sound. The Madagascar hissing cockroach is the most famous of these vocal cockroaches, although more common species may produce quieter clicking or chirping noises.
Cockroaches can wreak havoc on your home. To win the war in cockroach control, here’s what you should know:
- Entry: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. We even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses and on our person!
- Ideal environment: Your home is an ideal breeding ground for certain pest species of cockroaches. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.
- Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly. For every one you see there can be many, many more hiding and multiplying behind your walls.
- Evasiveness: Because cockroaches typically are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, you probably haven’t seen them all. The few cockroaches you see by day could mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation.
- Allergies/Asthma: The debris created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals.
- Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from many over-the-counter insecticides. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, cockroach control can be a losing battle. Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from many over-the-counter insecticides. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, cockroach control can be a losing battle.
How Serious are Cockroach Infestation?
Cockroaches are filthy pests. They can spread disease, contaminate our food and cause allergies and even asthma. Cockroaches can pick up germs on their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then transfer these germs to food or onto food surfaces. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they are proven or suspected carriers of the organisms causing diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever and viral diseases such as poliomyelitis.
HN Pest Control encourages people to help reduce cockroach populations by removing all food and unnecessary water sources, sealing all cracks and crevices, vacuuming and removing shelter sites like cardboard and paper. To effectively manage a serious cockroach infestation, you must correctly identify the type of cockroach causing the infestation, which is why it is important to contact a pest control professional.
What HN Pest Control does
The HN Pest Control™ is trained to help manage all types of Cockroaches. Since every home is different, the HN Pest Control technician will design a unique program for your situation.
Keeping Cockroaches out of your home is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. HN Pest Control’s exclusive A.I.M. solution is a continuing cycle of three critical steps - Assess, Implement and Monitor.
How our A.I.M. process works…
Your HN Executive will do a thorough inspection of your home - inside and outside. There are several things the technician will do during the inspection:
- Locate areas of cockroach activity.
- Identify the causes of the cockroach problem.
- Look for entryways that cockroaches could be using to get into your home.
Since “cookie-cutter” treatments aren’t always effective, the technician will customize the treatment to the situation. He can select from a variety of tools and techniques to help keep cockroaches out of your home:
Exclusion – Nonchemical methods such as caulking or door sweeps help keep cockroaches from entering your home.
Landscape modification — If cockroaches are living around your home, it may be necessary to remove dead leaves or rake mulch away from the foundation. The technician will point out these opportunities.
Gel or granular bait — These are applied in areas where cockroaches will eat them but children or pets cannot reach them.
Insect growth regulator — Applied into cockroach hiding places, these interfere with the cockroaches’ normal development.
Residual insecticides — Applied into cracks and crevices, these help keep cockroaches from hiding in the treated areas. The technician may also apply liquid insecticide outdoors to help keep cockroaches from coming inside.
Every time the technician returns to your home, he or she will make an inspection. There are several things he will do during the inspection:
- Confirm that previous treatment was effective.
- Check for new cockroach activity.
- Identify changes to the home or landscape that could make your home vulnerable to cockroach invasion.