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Do you have a problem with cockroaches?
Our fully qualified cockroach control team can help you remove and prevent further outbreaks of all kinds of cockroach infestations on your property. There are over 3000 species of cockroach.
In Quebec the three most common at the German Cockroach, American Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach, all of which can pose as a pest problem. For any problems with the pests, we have the perfect solution that is guaranteed to treat them correctly to prevent future outbreaks. We cover all Quebec including Montreal, Ottawa, Gatineau.
What Are Cockroaches?
Cockroaches have been in existence for millions of years. They have evolved to become the most adaptable pests in the world. There are over 3000 species of cockroaches distributed in different parts in the world.
A cockroach can live for almost for one month without eating any food and can survive for two weeks without water. The female cockroach will mate only once but stay pregnant throughout their life.
This explains why cockroaches multiply very fast. Cockroaches are mainly found in homes and buildings because they prefer to live in warm environments. They also love to live in places where they can easily access food and water. A cockroach can be harmful to humans as they carry bacteria that can trigger allergy attacks, especially in children.
- German Cockroach
- Oriental Cockroach
- American Cockroach
- Brown Banded Cockroach
- Australian Cockroach
- Smoky Brown Cockroach
German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)
This is by far the most common cockroach infesting homes and buildings. The pest thrives in the presence of humans but does not occur outdoors. Adults are light brown and about 1/2 inch long, with two dark stripes running lengthwise along the shield-like area behind the head.
The nymphs are smaller and darker with a tan stripe down the middle of the back. German cockroaches reproduce very rapidly, which is one reason why controlling these pests can be difficult. A single mated female can produce thousands of new cockroaches in less than a year.
German cockroaches require warmth, moisture, and food, which is why they are most common in kitchens and bathrooms. Preferred hiding places include cracks and crevices under sinks and toilets; beneath/behind refrigerators, dishwashers, and stoves; near trash containers; and inside cabinets and pantries.
German cockroaches also congregate in clocks, toaster ovens, and other heat-producing electronic equipment. When populations are large or food is scarce, they can be found in bedrooms, closets, and other areas of the home.
German roaches spend most of their time hidden in cracks and crevices, but can be quite mobile. They often travel between rooms or adjoining apartments via walls, ceilings, pipes, wires and other openings.
American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
This is the largest cockroach commonly found within dwellings, measuring about 1 1/2 inches long when fully grown. It is reddish brown to brown, with a pale yellow band around the edge of the area behind the head. Adults have well-developed wings, but seldom fly.
The nymphs are smaller and lack wings, but are otherwise similar in appearance. American cockroaches multiply more slowly than German cockroaches (although the smaller numbers tend to be offset by their size).
These cockroaches prefer dark, moist areas, such as in basements and crawl spaces. They often congregate in floor drains, sump pumps, pipe chases, and laundry areas, as well as boiler rooms, steam tunnels, and sewer systems.
During warmer months, they can also be found outdoors in yards and around trash containers. American cockroaches often travel long distances from their aggregation sites; long-term relief requires finding and treating these areas.
Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis)
The oriental cockroach is shiny black or dark brown, and the adult is about 1 inch long. The females have very short wings, and the males have wings that cover about half the abdomen. This cockroach typically infests cool, dark, damp places such as sewers, crawlspaces, cellars, and basements.
The nymphs and adults are relatively sluggish and usually occur at ground level, often living in floor drains and sump pumps. They also live outdoors under stones, debris, and plant litter, gaining entry into buildings via door thresholds, vents, and other openings.
Oriental cockroaches are considered especially filthy because they often feed on garbage, human/animal waste, and decaying organic matter.
Brownbanded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)
This species is far less common than the German cockroach, but occasionally can be a problem in homes. Correct identification is important because it has markedly different hiding places and habits.
The brownbanded cockroach is similar in size to the German cockroach, but lacks the dark lengthwise stripes on the region behind the head. Instead, there is a black bell-shaped pattern behind the head and two transverse yellowish bands across the wings.
Brown-banded cockroaches can be found anywhere in the home and are often found in rooms other than kitchens and bathrooms.
Preferred locations include upper areas of ceilings, walls, cabinets, and closets; behind picture frames and wall decorations; and beneath or inside furniture. This roach attaches its pea-sized egg capsules to hidden surfaces, such as the undersides of dressers and tables.
Wood Cockroaches (Parcoblatta species)
Although the usual habitat for these cockroaches is outdoors, they often appear in homes, especially in wooded settings. The adults are about 1 inch long and all stages are brownish in color. In some species, the outer wing margin of the adults is edged in white. Unlike the other cockroaches mentioned, male wood cockroaches are excellent fliers, and both sexes are attracted to lights.
These are primarily outdoor cockroaches, living beneath loose bark in woodpiles, fallen logs, and dead trees. They cannot survive indoors, but can be an annoyance during the spring and summer when large numbers wander in from outside.
They are also brought into homes during winter in firewood. Large numbers of woods cockroaches are sometimes found nesting in rain gutters and crawl spaces.
Australian cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)
The Australian cockroach looks similar to the American cockroach, but is smaller, measuring between 1.2 and 1.5 inches long.
The Australian cockroach is light-brown in color with a distinct, black spot or shape on its pronotum. There is a pale, banded, ivory-yellow circle around this black shape. These roaches also have a distinct pale-yellow stripe extending one-third the length of the base of its forewing.
These roaches are excellent flyers, easily traveling from nearby trees onto and into your home. Once they’ve moved in with you, female Australian cockroaches form egg capsules (oothecae) and drop them close to food sources in sheltered areas around your home.
These oothecae are not only difficult to reach through DIY methods, but also difficult to spot. The mother roach camouflages her eggs in tight spaces (or even underneath pliable material such as moist wood or refuse) so that you can’t find or destroy them before they hatch.
Each ootheca has between 16 and 24 eggs inside which hatch in 30 to 40 days. An Australian cockroach nymph takes between six and 12 months to become an adult, and a typical adult lifespan can last eight months after that.
Female Australian cockroaches are capable of producing between 12 and 30 oothecae in a lifetime, dropping one capsule of eggs every 10 days. At this speed, it’s easy to see how an infestation could quickly spread under the right conditions.
Smoky Brown Cockroach
The smoky brown cockroach is an outdoor roach that lives in and around wooded areas. It’s a large species that’s sensitive to changes in the environment and looks for areas of high humidity. It’s also a problem for homes in warmer climates.
In addition to their more natural habitats, “smokybrowns” infest garbage and have been found in sewers, making them potential carriers of disease. They’re unpleasant pests to find around your house and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
If you’ve seen suspiciously roach-like insects in your garden, garage or home, read on to learn what smoky brown roaches look like, how to control an infestation, and how to prevent problems in the future.
The smoky brown cockroach is aptly named after its color: a dark, glossy brown or uniformly mahogany color that’s consistent on both its back and underside. It looks a lot like the American cockroach, with a similar size and shape. However, the smoky brown roach lacks the yellow accents of the American species.
Smoky brown roaches grow 1¼ to 1½ inches in length.. Both male and female smoky brown cockroaches have long wings that extend past their abdomens. They use their wings to fly in search of food or to find a mate. A smoky brown roach also has antennae that are as long as or longer than its entire body.
How to control cockroaches
Cockroaches are very good at hiding. You can get rid of roaches by denying them food and water, using poisoned cockroach baits, using pesticides and many other techniques. Our cockroach control experts will know exactly what to do to eliminate the cockroaches in your home or building.
Tips for Control
Managing a cockroach infestation takes determination and a relentless battle plan. Cockroaches and their eggs are hidden very well. Treatment must penetrate their safety zone and be continued throughout the entire lifespan of the pest.
- Get rid of any potential harborage where these roaches can mate and hide.
- Seal up cracks in your home’s foundation to limit entry points.
- Install screens on all vents.
- Store trash in secure containers while waiting for ultimate disposal.
- Eliminate pet food outdoors, especially on decks and patios.
Fascinating Cockroach Facts
1.) A Cockroach Can Live for Week Without Its Head
Due to their open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments, they are not dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.
2.) A Cockroach Can Hold Its Breath for 40 Minutes
These pests can even survive being submerged under water for half an hour. They hold their breath often to help regulate their loss of water.
3.) They Can Run Up to Three Miles in an Hour
While this may seem like an impressive athletic ability, what it really means is that they can spread germs and bacteria throughout a home very quickly.
4.) Newborn German Cockroaches Become Adults in as Little as 36 Days
In fact, the German cockroach is the most common of the cockroaches and has been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people.
5.) A One-Day-Old Baby Cockroach Can Run Almost as Fast as Its Parents
For reference, these babies are about the size of a speck of dust! So, not only are they fast, but they are also elusive, which is a dangerous combination for a pest known to transmit various diseases.
6.) The American Cockroach Has Shown an Attraction to Alcohol
Similar to other pests, this cockroach species is drawn to some alcoholic beverages, especially beer. They are most likely attracted by the hops and sugar present in the drink.
7.) The World’s Largest Roach is Six Inches Long
Only found in South America, this species also has a one-foot wingspan. For context, average cockroaches can vary in size from ½”- 2″ long.
8.) Cockroaches are Really Old
It is believed that cockroaches originated more than 280 million years ago in the Carboniferous era.
9.) There are More Than 4,000 Different Cockroach Species Worldwide
The most common species is the German cockroach. Other cockroaches found in America include the brown-banded cockroach, American cockroach and oriental cockroach.
10.) Cockroaches Can Live Without Food for One Month
Cockroaches are able to go for so long without sustenance because they are cold-blooded insects. However, they can only survive for one week without water, which is why they are commonly found in humid or high-moisture areas around the home, such as basements and bathrooms.
These facts prove that cockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on earth, which makes controlling and eliminating a cockroach infestation all the more difficult.
To get rid of cockroaches in your home, experts suggest keeping food sealed and stored properly, particularly in the kitchen, which should be cleaned daily to prevent crumbs and trash from building up. Garbage should be disposed of regularly and stored in sealed containers.
Homeowners should seek out and seal all cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes, as these can serve as entranceways for the pest. In addition, basements and crawl spaces should be kept well ventilated and dry.
FAQ ON Cockroaches
Are cockroaches harmful?
Cockroaches are considered to be dangerous as an allergen source and asthma trigger.
Can a cockroaches kill you?
It may itch a little bit but not like a mosquito bite or a flea. A roach bite doesn’t leave any marks and cannot kill or poison you. The pests are a lot more dangerous with their disease spreading skills, so biting is not something that you should focus on
What are cockroaches afraid of?
It’s a fact that cockroaches are afraid of humans and other mammals or animals that are bigger than them. They see us as predators and that fear triggers their instinct to scatter away. However, they dislike strong and distinctive scents such as citrus, peppermint, lavender and vinegar
What attracts cockroaches in your home?
- Dirty dishes in the sink. Dirty dishes in the sink often have leftover food on them, which is exactly what cockroaches are looking for.
- Crumbs on the floors or counters. Leaving crumbs on your floor or counters is another source of food that cockroaches will be attracted to.
- Pet food on the floor.
- Excess moisture.
What happens if a cockroach touches you?
If you touch a cockroach, you risk becoming infected with some serious diseases, including bacteria that cause dysentery. According to the World Health Organization, cockroaches commonly transmit these diseases to humans: Salmonellosis. Typhoid Fever
What happens if a cockroach bites you?
Cockroach bites typically show up as small, red, raised bumps on the skin. In some cases, individuals can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to a cockroach bite. This can result in localized swelling, skin rash, shortness of breath, and even anaphylaxis.
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