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Cockroaches are a high risk pest to have in the home or business because of the range of illness they can potentially transmit and because they breed very quickly.

Cockroaches in your home

We recommend that you get professional pest control if you spot signs of cockroaches in your home because:

  • Cockroaches can breed rapidly.

  • Cockroaches produce an obnoxious odour that taints food and objects they come into contact with.

  • Cockroach droppings cause asthma and eczema.

  • Cockroaches carry a range of serious illnesses including dysentery, gastroenteritis, salmonella and typhoid.

Quick response, thorough inspection and a persistent treatment plan are essential to ensure a cockroach infestation does not become established or spread to neighboring properties. If you have a cockroach infestation call Rentokil at 1-877-690-2115.

Preventing cockroaches

In addition to various do-it-yourself cockroach repellents, there are also a number of practical steps you can take to keep cockroaches out and prevent an infestation.

  • Eliminate food sources - store dry foods in tightly sealed containers or in sealed plastic bags and do not leave food sitting out on counters. Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets.

  • Clear all waste food and liquid spillage - clean up food debris from food preparation areas, under sinks and appliances. Empty the rubbish on a daily basis and keep all garbage or compost in sealed bins.

  • Remove pet food - and drink and litter trays before nightfall.

  • Rinse cans, bottles and plastics - before putting them in recycling bins.

  • De-clutter - remove old stacks of newspapers and magazines, unused cardboard boxes and all other forms of clutter from the floor or bottom of cupboards. Cockroaches release an aggregation pheromone in their droppings telling others they have found a safe harborage.

  • Varnish or paint wood shelves - to seal them, and wipe them clean regularly.

  • Seal entry points - to deny access to cockroaches. Key risks are gaps around pipes, drains and common walls with neighboring properties when dealing with German, Oriental and American cockroaches. Even tiny cracks around floorboards and behind electrical sockets should be plugged to reduce potential hiding areas.

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Professional prevention services

If you have already spotted signs of an infestation, these steps will help to control an existing problem but you will also need professional treatment for a reliable, long-term solution.

A quick response is essential to prevent cockroaches in your home or spreading to your neighbor's location.

At Rentokil, we have specialist know-how and equipment enabling us to offer the most efficient way to get rid of cockroaches. Backed by over 90 years of experience locally across Canada and the world, you can be sure of an effective solution.

The very best form of prevention is regular monitoring and pest control by professionals.

Please call us at 1-877-690-2115 to discuss your requirements for effective cockroach prevention in your home or business.

Signs of a cockroach problem

There are three common species found in homes and businesses:

These cockroaches are brown in color and have wings, although they prefer to run or climb, they can fly short distances.

American cockroaches, also known as the palmetto bug, tend to be found in dark, undisturbed areas that are high in humidity.

All species are usually found in greatest numbers in the kitchen or where food is stored.

Typical signs of a cockroach:

  • Seeing live insects - cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day. You will most likely see them when turning on the light in the kitchen at night.

  • Droppings - cockroaches leave a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths.

  • Egg cases and cast skins - cockroaches shed their skin 5-8 times as they mature.

  • Damage - roaches will attack organic goods including leather and books.

  • Odor - established cockroach infestations produce an unpleasant, musty smell.

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Cockroach prevention tips

Sealing entry points throughout your home or commercial property can help prevent a cockroach from entering your property. Key risk areas are gaps under doors or around pipes to the outside or neighboring properties. Common wall structures like apartments or condominiums are especially susceptible.

Additionally, sealing gaps where cockroaches can hide will help by removing access to harborage (resting/breeding areas) - cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day in cracks and crevices in the walls, around skirting boards or behind electrical sockets.

One of the most effective ways of controlling a cockroach infestation is to stop eliminate access to food and water:

  • Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets overnight
  • Store food in containers or in sealed plastic bags
  • Clear used dishes and cutlery immediately
  • Clean all waste food and spillages immediately
  • Clean food debris from under refrigerators or stoves
  • Take care with soiled napkins or dirty clothing
  • Keep refuse or compost in sealed bins
  • Remove pet food, water and litter trays overnight

In our collective experience, ultrasonic or electromagnetic repellers are ineffective at dealing with cockroaches and are not recommended to control or prevent cockroach infestations.

Call Rentokil Pest Control at 1-877-690-2115 for advice on how to keep cockroaches away from your property for good.

How to get rid of cockroaches

If left untreated, cockroaches quickly establish themselves in high numbers and will spread to adjoining properties.

In some cases DIY products may be effective in getting rid of smaller cockroach problems, it can be difficult to reach all cockroach hiding places with amateur products, leaving enough of a population to increase the risk of continual breeding and more cockroaches.

An established cockroach population will often require professional pest control to ensure that it will not recur. Infestations are likely to reappear especially when surviving cockroach eggs hatch after one or two months.

Rentokil Pest Control offers a fast and effective cockroach elimination service to get rid of cockroaches in your home or business.

Call Rentokil Pest Control at 1-877-690-2115 for more advice & cockroach pest control services and get started today.

Do cockroaches fly?

The very short answer to this question is: yes. Most species of cockroaches do have wings and many of them can fly, but most of them do not, preferring to crawl around on the ground to scavenge for food.

There are even species of flying cockroaches all across North America, too.

Flying cockroaches are not more dangerous than other cockroaches, it just means that they are able to fly away from danger or fly to places that those who only crawl may not be able to reach.


Cockroach anatomy

Although there are many varieties of cockroach located all over the world, they do share some of the same characteristics. These include:

  • Antenna

  • Head

  • Forelegs

  • Hind legs

  • Thorax

  • Abdomen

  • Wings - two pairs

Species of flying cockroach

There are several species of cockroach known for their ability to fly. Most of them are not found often in North America. There are a few, however.

  • American Cockroach - despite the name, these roaches are common throughout North America. They are reddish-brown in color and have been taking up residence in North America since the 1600s. They are long and narrow and have wings that allow them to fly, although they very rarely do. Often these roaches are confused with palmetto bugs.

  • Asian Cockroach - another cockroach that sometimes ends up in North America, they are attracted to light rather than wanting to run away from it. Unlike most species, they are not common indoors and are strong flyers.  They also like to eat insects that can damage crops.

  • Australian Cockroach - they are also strong flying cockroaches and, as you might have guessed from the name, are native to Australia. They do sometimes end up in the U.S., transported by goods and products. They like the hot and humid portions of the country and can be over an inch long.

  • Megaloblatta - a cockroach found mostly in Central and South America and is the largest of the flying cockroaches. Their wingspan can reach up to an impressive 7 inches and their body length can be as big as 10.16 cm.

  • Pennsylvania Woods Cockroach - unlike other cockroaches, these insects prefer to be out during the day. Both the males and females have very light wings, but only the males sometimes fly. They are about an inch long with the females being a little smaller than the males.

Rentokil cockroach specialists

Whether the types of cockroaches you are finding on your property fly or not, they are a pest. That's why if you find cockroaches anywhere around your property, you need to call in the experts at Rentokil right away so we can inspect your home or business, eliminate the infestation and provide prevention methods.

Call us at 1-877-690-2115 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.

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