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Cockroaches are the oldest surviving insects on the planet. The United States alone is home to about 70 different types of cockroaches. Some of the common roach species we find in the US include the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis) and Brown Banded cockroach (Supella longipalpa).
For as long as they’ve been around, cockroaches have been notorious for being extremely difficult to get rid of indoors. Studies have even found that a cockroach can live without its head for weeks. But aside from being a nuisance and frightening customers, there are more harmful reasons why cockroach control is a necessity when you first spot the signs of an infestation in your business. Roaches carry disease-causing microorganisms on their bodies that can contaminate surfaces and food products.
Cockroaches are also a major concern due to the fact they produce several very potent allergens that have been linked to the development of asthma. In fact, 26% of the US population is said to be allergic to cockroaches. Fortunately, research has proven that good cockroach prevention and control can reduce the level of those allergens in infested buildings.
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There are some simple ways you can identify a possible cockroach infestation, which could require professional treatment.
Discovering a roach infestation requires immediate action to ensure a fast solution to the problem and to minimize the health risks associated with this insect.
Cockroaches are usually attracted to food sources in your property. They will eat anything from foods, paper, packaging, plastics and fabrics to animal matter (e.g. hamster and rabbit droppings).
It is often easier to spot signs of a problem in your business rather than a live cockroach. As nocturnal creatures, cockroaches usually hide out of sight during the day and become more active in their search for food at night.
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Sanitation is a critical component for managing many of our common pest concerns, but it is especially important for cockroach control to be successful. Good sanitation will help to eliminate food, water, and shelter: the 3 basic necessities for cockroaches. Good sanitation stresses the cockroaches and can alter their normal behavior, making them easier targets for our control efforts.
For example, when stressed and starved, the German cockroach (Blatella germanica) will search more actively for food. In that case, the stressed cockroach will not only be more susceptible to the actions of the insecticide, but its increased foraging for food will make it more likely to bump into a bait placement or residual insecticide on a surface.
Grease and other typical forms of buildup in the kitchens of restaurants can also dramatically reduce the amount of time that a residual spray application is effective. Good sanitation also includes exclusion, or “roach-proofing”, such as sealing cracks and crevices. This can reduce or eliminate potential hiding spots as well as invasion by roaches that are living outside the business.
In addition to practicing good sanitation, here are a few more steps you can take to prevent cockroaches:
For over 90 years, Rentokil has been providing reliable cockroach control services to customers. When you contact Rentokil about a potential roach problem, a Specialist will visit your property and conduct an exhaustive inspection of the premises.
Our experts are trained to find the most common cockroach hiding spots and signs of cockroach activity. If cockroaches are present on your property, your Specialist will identify the cockroach species and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan. A number of factors will play into the treatment plan, including:
Depending on these factors, your cockroach treatment plan may include a variety of baiting and non-chemical solutions that are designed to eliminate infestations.
After an initial treatment is applied, your Specialist will schedule a follow-up service depending on the severity of the cockroach problem.
Have you seen a cockroach in your business? Our Specialists are locally based and will be familiar with the species of cockroaches that most commonly infest properties in your area. Females can produce up to 30,000 cockroach eggs a year, making them highly persistent pests that require professional expertise to effectively eliminate and keep from re-infesting.
If you have questions, please call 800-837-5520 to speak with a Rentokil representative.