TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: Cockroaches: Facts & Identification
Part II: How to Control Cockroaches in Singapore
Part III: Why Should You Hire a Cockroach Control?
Part IV: How to Keep Cockroaches from Coming Back?
There are but a few things more frustrating than a cockroach infestation. These pesky pests can make themselves at home, scuttling through the kitchens and hiding well in the bathrooms where their antennae are the only ones showing.
Unfortunately, not only are these pests an eyesore, they can cause quite a stir too, not to mention they multiply fast which can result in a cockroach infestation—for each that you see, there will be more in hiding and breeding. They can contaminate your food and spread bacteria, which overall can compromise the health and safety of your household.
The good news?
You do not have to share your home with cockroaches, and you can always call for cockroach control in Singapore.
Cockroaches are insects with a flattened body and often and have two sets of wings. They are thought to have existed on earth for over 350 million years, pre-dating some dinosaurs. Being a common household pest, they can be found anywhere and there are at least three common cockroach species you can find in Singaporean homes.
The largest species of the three, American cockroaches thrive in warm, humid, and undisturbed environments—in and around drains, sewers, trash bins, and damp woodpiles. However, there are cases when these cockroaches will venture inside your home in search of food, moisture, and shelter.
Do not mistaken German cockroaches as a little less annoying for their smaller size, because these pests prefer the indoors where it is warm and humid. For the most part, they seek shelter within homes and businesses, particularly in the kitchen, bathroom, and inside the cabinets. There are cases of food businesses that is required to shut down or suspended due to them.
These cockroaches get their name from the two light brown bands across their darker brown bodies. Like American cockroaches, they prefer to live in warm and humid environments like the drains and sewers, but they often venture indoors for food and water. You will usually find them in basements, garages, wall voids, and crawl spaces.
Most cockroaches undergo three life stages: egg, nymph, and adult. They usually live about 6-15 months in favourable conditions, but it can also vary based on the species.
Female adult cockroaches lay cases of 10-50 eggs in warm, humid, and undisturbed areas such as under the sink, bathrooms, ceilings, or walls. They lay multiple egg cases during their lifetimes and these eggs take about 1-2 months to hatch.
Nymphs hatch and undergo a series of moults, growing a little larger and getting darker in colour each time they shed their skins—from white to tan, brown, or grey. This phase lasts about 1-3 months.
Nymphs reach adult size in their final moult. In this stage, the cockroaches start to reproduce and restart the cycle over again. They can live for approximately a year, a period in which they can multiply quickly and cause serious infestations.
Cockroaches adapt very well. They can live and breed anywhere there are warm, humid, secluded areas including in homes, offices, restaurants and many other business establishments. They can also eat almost anything from food to non-food—leftover food, food crumbs, spills, and waste—thus, illustrating the value of good housekeeping. In addition, they are also quite resourceful, finding many opportunities to get into your home:
Understanding the cockroach life cycle can give insight into how fast an infestation can spread and become a serious problem. It should also help you realise why you should not ignore the first signs of a potential cockroach infestation.
Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, scattering at night to search for food in the kitchens, trash bins, drains, and sewers. They pick up germs and bacteria along the way and eventually come into contact with food, utensils, and food preparation areas, thus causing cross-contamination. They spread pathogens that cause intestinal diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid fever, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and cholera.
Moreover, exposure to their droppings, saliva, shed skin, and other excrements can trigger allergic reactions such as dermatitis, itching, asthma, and respiratory conditions.
Pest control is necessary to prevent the health risks cockroaches carry. While it is hard to keep them completely out of your home, taking proper precautions can go a long way to suppress an infestation.
The first step to address an infestation is to keep them from happening in the first place. Below are some tell-tale signs of a cockroach presence to look out for:
In addition to these, also keep an eye out for grease marks on surfaces and corners, which may indicate where cockroaches scuttle along. Read for more signs of cockroach infestations in your home.
There are plenty of ways to repel and get rid of cockroaches in your home, ranging from natural home remedies to pest control hacks, and practical methods that are meant to make your home as unattractive as possible to these pests.
One thing these natural repellents have in common is that they are thought to have specific smells that drive cockroaches away. You can grind or crush these ingredients individually and place them in cockroach-prone areas to repel them.
Keep in mind, however, that while these ingredients have some form of repelling effects, they do not necessarily eliminate cockroaches. Instead, they merely drive cockroaches from one point to another, thus rendering these home remedies ineffective in addressing the root of infestation.
What you can do instead is take proactive housekeeping efforts to prevent cockroaches from overtaking your space. Here, we divided these steps into the following categories.
Remove Food Sources
Practise Good Housekeeping
Eliminate Cockroach Harbourages
Taking these steps should help reduce, if not completely remove, the things that attract cockroaches into your home: food, water, and shelter. In addition to these, a regular cockroach control program is necessary to keep an infestation from getting out of hand.
Cockroaches reproduce fast and an integrated pest management program that includes gel baiting and residual spraying are targeted to put an end to the cockroach life cycle.
Much like any pest infestations, the presence of cockroaches can damage your property, create an unsanitary environment, and put your family’s health at risk.
You may think that managing the infestation may seem like a smart way to save on professional pest control costs. A single pair can breed as much as 2 million cockroaches a year. They are adaptive and can survive a month without food and a week without water. What is worse, while self-help measures may help to some extent, they rarely fully eradicate the pest problem.
In addition to the risks associated with DIY pest control, there are several reasons why you engage cockroach control for your business.
If someone is dining in your restaurant for the first time, the last thing you would want is a cockroach scuttling in the corners. It is not good for a first impression, is it? That probably could discourage repeat business better than a cockroach sighting.
Bad impressions are one thing but negative reviews are another. If a customer complains about getting sick from your food, they are not likely to come back—worse, they may even publish negative reviews online and in today’s digital age, it will not take long for everyone to see.
What is worse than a negative review? Penalties, suspension, even potential business closure. As said earlier, there have been cases of businesses being shut down for cockroach sightings reported online, which is often an indication of sanitary issues.
Firstly, even if an inspection does not lead to suspension, at the very least, you could be subjected to penalties, frequent health and sanitary inspections. Secondly, your organisation should call in professional help is that it could save you from business interruptions, customer inconvenience, and the costs associated with repeated pest infestations and dealing with them. Thirdly, even if you assign your employees to perform pest control, it may not be the most productive use of your time as it may take attention away from the key responsibilities that generate money for your business. This goes to show that engaging professional pest control remains the most effective way to address and prevent infestations in the future. Above all, these factors could hurt your bottom line.
With all these said, what should you expect in a cockroach control service?
When you first contact a pest control company, expect to answer a few questions about the suspected infestation: What type of pest do you believe is in your home? Where have you seen it?
The best pest control companies in Singapore offer a free consultation where a specialist would visit your home to check which areas of your home are possibly infested. Some of the factors they will inspect are the following:
Afterwards, they will discuss with you the findings as well as the necessary steps you should take to address the existing problem and prevent future ones. Depending on your pest control provider, they may conduct the treatment on the same day.
Understanding what your professional pest control will do during the visit allows you to prepare your home for the treatment—whether it is moving your furniture away from the treatment area or vacating the premises while the procedure is ongoing. In addition, with some advice from your specialist, you will be better prepared on how to keep your home pest-free in the future.
What can you do to keep them from infesting your home again? It is pretty much the same as taking practical steps to get rid of cockroaches—limiting their access, cutting off their resources, maintaining a sanitary environment, and performing regular inspections.
Aside from pest removal, your pest control operator may also play their part in pest prevention by performing regular checks to look for signs of infestations as well as for any household issues that may promote pest harbourage. These include damaged plumbing that creates warm and damp areas that cockroaches love.
They would also help monitor potential hiding places for any cockroach activity and advise some steps to make your home as less habitable as possible for the insects.
The truth is, no matter how tempted you are to try and control the pest problem on your own, cockroach control is a job that is better left to professionals. The same goes for most pests from bed bugs and ants to rodents and termites.
At Rentokil Singapore, we take pride in having a team of pest control specialists who have the skills, knowledge, training, tools, and equipment to safely and properly address pest infestations.
Getting rid of cockroaches is a standard pest control program. Our solutions to manage cockroach infestations include the following:
The time it will take for baits to control cockroaches depend on several factors involved such as the type of species in question as well as the size of the infestation.
Keeping cockroaches out of your home is a multi-step process that involves a long-term commitment. Understanding your options in cockroach control is crucial to its success. For the most comprehensive solution to cockroach control, contact our pest control operators at Rentokil Singapore.
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