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Cockroach Control & Exterminator

Every critter has their own story.

The secret of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a proven, cost-effective strategy to combat pest problems without unnecessary pesticide use, is to understand the life-cycle of the pest that is pestering.

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What do cockroaches look like and why are they concerning?

Cockroaches are beetle-like insects with relatively small heads and broad, flattened bodies. Most species are reddish-brown to dark brown. They have large compound eyes, two ocelli, and long, flexible antennae.

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They are hardy insects and can tolerate a wide range of environments. Cockroaches are generalized insects, with few special adaptations, and may be among the most primitive living neopteran insects. Roaches run fast, and they scurry into dark areas. If they are startled, American cockroaches can even fly. About 30 different cockroach species are associated with human habitats. The most common include American Cockroaches, brown-banded Cockroaches, German Cockroaches, Madagascar hissing Cockroaches, Oriental Cockroaches, and smoky-brown Cockroaches. Cockroaches breed continuously, and they saturate areas while spreading disease and infection. They carry bacteria, contaminate food, destroy living environments, and cause allergies including severe cases of asthma.


Where do cockroaches live?

Cockroaches like to live in dark, moist areas. Inside, the rooms they tend to gather in are bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements.

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Specific places include food prep areas, porous surfaces like cardboard, cabinets and cupboards, garbage cans, and underneath or behind appliances like stoves and refrigerators. Outside, they will live in or around brush piles, dumpsters, logs, leaves, mulch, and sheds. It is common to find cockroaches in areas that have sewage or plumbing leaks, and some even live in sewers themselves.

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Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches may look larger than many insects but they can pass under doors and through cracks and crevices easily.

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Basement windows, garages, drains, and sewer pipes are also common entryways, and some species can fly in when attracted to a light source. They can also be brought in on infested items like cardboard. Cockroaches are drawn to areas that are dark and have a source of food and water. They will usually go where there are other cockroaches. Things like crumbs and pet food that is left out overnight are potential food sources for cockroaches and therefore may attract them.

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When are cockroaches active?

In the Northern parts of the United States, some cockroaches will begin activity when spring arrives and remain active through fall. When cold weather arrives, they will enter diapause, which is similar to hibernation.

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However, if cockroaches are in a warm environment with food and water, such as a home or business, they may continue their activity through the winter. This means that a cockroach problem will not cease when cold weather arrives. In warmer climates like Florida, temperatures typically do not get cold enough to cause a halt in cockroach activity, and therefore they are active year-round. Cockroaches are nocturnal and do all of their foraging and mating at night.

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What’s the best way to prevent a cockroach infestation?

Since Cockroaches can live almost anywhere, it is important to cut off their food supply and keep areas as clean as possible.

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This means not leaving out dirty dishes or food scraps, keeping all foods in sealed containers, and emptying garbage cans often. If possible, pet food should not be left out overnight. It is a good idea to minimize mulch, raked leaves, and other piles. In order to solve a cockroach problem, it is necessary to know what type of cockroach is causing the infestation. Our professionals at EXCEL Termite and Pest Control will quickly get rid of cockroaches in your home or business.

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Cockroach FAQs

What are the signs of a cockroach infestation?

Recognizing the signs of a cockroach infestation is essential for early intervention. Common indicators include the presence of live cockroaches, especially in dark and hidden areas, such as under sinks, behind appliances, or in cabinets. You may also notice droppings resembling small, dark pellets, often found in concentrated areas where cockroaches congregate. A musty or unpleasant odor can also be a sign of a significant cockroach presence. Since cockroaches are primarily nocturnal, sightings may be more frequent during the night. If you suspect a cockroach infestation, it is advisable to contact Twin Boro for a professional assessment, as timely action is crucial to preventing infestations from worsening.

How do I identify different cockroach species in my home?

Identifying various cockroach species can be a challenge due to their shared characteristics. However, specific species may vary in size, color, and behavior. For instance, the German cockroach is smaller and tan to light brown, while the American cockroach is larger and reddish-brown. At Twin Boro, our seasoned experts possess the knowledge and experience to accurately identify the cockroach species infesting your home. This precise identification is essential for tailoring effective pest control strategies designed to address the unique behaviors and vulnerabilities of each species.

Are cockroaches harmful to humans, and do they spread diseases?

Cockroaches can indeed pose health risks to humans. They are potential carriers of various pathogens and allergens that can be harmful, especially to individuals with respiratory issues. Cockroaches can contaminate food, surfaces, and indoor air quality with their feces, saliva, and shed exoskeletons. This contamination may lead to allergies, asthma exacerbation, or the transmission of diseases. It's crucial to prioritize effective cockroach control to minimize these health risks, and Twin Boro specializes in providing solutions that protect your family's well-being.

How do you treat cockroach infestations, and what methods do you use?

At Twin Boro, our approach to treating cockroach infestations is comprehensive and effective. We implement a combination of methods tailored to the specific infestation and its severity. These methods typically include the strategic placement of baits, the application of insecticides, and sanitation measures. Our experienced technicians focus on targeting both adult cockroaches and their egg cases to achieve thorough control. Our commitment to delivering safe and efficient treatments ensures that your indoor environment remains a healthy and pest-free space.

Can cockroaches develop resistance to common pesticides?

Cockroaches have demonstrated an ability to develop resistance to common pesticides over time. This adaptability underscores the importance of relying on professionals like Twin Boro who stay abreast of the latest advancements in pest control techniques. Our team continuously evaluates and adapts our strategies to combat potential resistance effectively. By employing a multifaceted approach that incorporates various control methods and products, we can circumvent resistance issues, ensuring successful cockroach removal.

Are your cockroach control treatments safe for indoor use?

Yes, our cockroach control treatments are specifically designed to be safe for indoor use. At Twin Boro, the safety of your family and pets is a top priority when selecting products and techniques for cockroach elimination. We adhere to strict safety standards and use EPA-approved, low-toxicity products that effectively target cockroaches while posing minimal risks to humans and pets. You can have confidence in our commitment to maintaining the well-being of your indoor environment during the pest control process.

Can cockroaches cause damage to furniture and belongings?

Cockroaches are not typically known for causing direct damage to furniture and belongings. However, their presence can indirectly harm your property. Cockroaches are attracted to sources of food and moisture, which may lead them to infest kitchens, pantries, and other areas where they can contaminate food items. Their presence may also contribute to poor indoor air quality due to allergen shedding. While not destructive to furniture, the health and sanitation risks associated with cockroach infestations make professional intervention by Twin Boro essential to maintain a clean and pest-free living space.

How quickly can cockroach populations grow if left untreated?

Cockroach populations have the potential to multiply rapidly if left untreated. A single pair of cockroaches can produce thousands of offspring in a year, given the right conditions. Cockroaches are prolific breeders, and their resilient nature allows them to thrive in various environments. Timely intervention is crucial to prevent infestations from becoming overwhelming and to protect your home from the detrimental effects of these pests. Twin Boro's swift response and effective control strategies are key to halting the exponential growth of cockroach populations.

What should I do if I find cockroach eggs in my kitchen or bathroom?

Discovering cockroach eggs in your kitchen or bathroom can be unsettling, but it's essential to address the issue promptly and professionally. Cockroach eggs are challenging to eliminate without expert assistance. Attempting to handle or remove them on your own may not effectively remove the infestation. To ensure thorough identification and elimination of cockroach eggs and the underlying infestation, it's advisable to contact Twin Boro. Our experienced technicians can assess the extent of the problem and implement targeted treatments designed to prevent the recurrence of cockroach infestations.

How can I prevent cockroaches from returning after treatment?

Preventing cockroaches from returning after treatment requires a multifaceted approach that focuses on sanitation, sealing entry points, and ongoing vigilance. Twin Boro can provide guidance on specific preventive measures tailored to your property. This may include maintaining a clean living environment, eliminating food and water sources, repairing cracks and gaps, and implementing regular inspections to catch and address any potential resurgence early. Our expertise extends beyond treatment to comprehensive pest management, ensuring that your home remains free from cockroach infestations in the long term.

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