Cockroaches

cockroachesCockroaches, among the hardiest and most adaptable of insects, can be found wherever moisture, food, and shelter are available – even in the cleanest of homes. Because they tend to travel through a variety of habitats including sewers and refuse, cockroaches are capable of spreading a number of diseases. They are light brown with a flattened oval body and typically measure 20 mm (3/4″) when fully grown. By keeping food storage areas clean and dry, and foodstuffs tightly sealed, you can reduce the likelihood of cockroach infestation.

How do I recognize a cockroach?
It has a flattened oval body with long spiny legs and measures 20 mm (3/4″) when fully grown. Both male and female are winged. Colour is light brown with two dark brown stripes running lengthwise on the thorax (midsection).

Are cockroaches hazardous to humans?
Yes. Cockroaches are second only to house flies in spreading disease.

What attracts cockroaches?
Cockroaches are attracted to food, water, warmth, and shelter. They will eat anything and are particularly attracted to starchy foodstuffs.

When are cockroaches most common?
Cockroaches are active year-round.

When am I most likely to see cockroaches?
Cockroaches are nocturnal and most active at night. Any sudden light will cause them to scurry for shelter.

Are cockroaches only found under unclean conditions?
No. They can be found under the cleanest conditions, wherever food and warmth are present. For this reason they are a major problem in hospitals, hotels, restaurants, bakeries, butcher shops, multi-unit residences, and homes. Their habitat is around sinks, behind stoves and refrigerators, in drains and cracks.

Do cockroaches die off in cold months?
No. These hardy and very adaptable insects are primarily indoor pests and infestations are not affected by outside temperature.

Can I do anything to prevent a cockroach infestation?
Although little can be done to prevent an infestation, the practice of good sanitation and the elimination of accessible food are ways to minimize the extent of the problem.

If l have an infestation of cockroaches, what can be done to eliminate them?
The elimination of cockroaches is a difficult and time-consuming project. Critter Ridders has several products developed for the control of pests such as the cockroach. Due to the nature of cockroaches, control is a process requiring intensive product knowledge.

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