Cockroaches

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The Cockroaches In Your Home

Did you know that there are more than 4,000 species of roaches in the world? There are, but not all of them are found in our area. In general, Toronto is home to twenty or thirty cockroach species. Another thing to note is that a small percentage of them will live in human habitations. Before you can put an end to the problem, you need to find out which species has invaded your home. Once you’ve done that, you’ll know more about the species. You’ll know why they’re there and how to eliminate them. You’ll also know how to keep them out.

How can you know which species you’re dealing with? The best way to find out is by analyzing the roach’s appearance. However, it will be difficult for average consumers. If you need assistance, you should use our services. We’ll do everything we can to help you conquer this problem for once and all. We comprehensive cockroach services, including inspections, exterminations, and preventative services.

Cockroaches In Your Area

Before doing anything, you’ll want to learn more about the cockroach species in your area. Which cockroaches will you likely encounter? You’ll find out below.

German Cockroaches

German cockroaches will likely try to enter your home at some point. They’re problematic and can quickly infest a dwelling since females will produce as many as 30 to 40 eggs at once. During her lifetime, she can produce up to 5 egg capsules. Suffice to say, the infestation is going to worsen rapidly. These cockroaches can reach up to 5/8s of an inch. If you have German cockroaches in your home, you’ll likely find them around your warm appliances. Although they have wings, German cockroaches usually do not fly.

American Cockroaches

Although they’re known as American cockroaches, they’ll still impact our service area. These cockroaches are large with some of the biggest reaching 2 inches in length. They are reddish-brown and can live several years. One thing to note is that they’re not going to infest your dwelling rapidly. In fact, they generally do not infest dwellings. Instead, they like staying outside and close to broken sewer pipes. If you’ve found these cockroaches on your property, you likely have a sewer problem somewhere. You should check your property carefully to find out what is going on.

These are two of the most common cockroaches in our service area, but they’re not around. There is also a chance that you’re going to encounter the following species.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches

If you looked at female and male Pennsylvania wood cockroaches, you likely wouldn’t think they belonged to the same species. They look significantly different. In adulthood, males can reach an inch in length and they have full wings. Females have short wings and they only grow up to three-quarters of an inch. These cockroaches can live in our area, but they generally do not reproduce indoors. If you find them on your property, it might have something to do with the woodpile on your property. Alternatively, they’re attracted to wood siding, wood shingles, and blocked gutters.

Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches

Spotted Mediterranean cockroaches are smaller than most other cockroaches since they only reach a third of an inch. They’re tan with dark speckles on their backs. These cockroaches are native to Europe, but they’ve been impacting people in our service area for the last few years. They typically do not enter residential dwellings and prefer staying outside. Even if they sneak inside, they’re not going to mate and reproduce in your home. They are often found in the foliage outside of your home.

Oriental Cockroaches

You may encounter Oriental cockroaches are some point, but you may not. These cockroaches are large since the biggest members of the species can reach an inch and a quarter. Males and females are different because males have wings and females do not. These cockroaches behave a lot like American cockroaches. They prefer infesting sewer systems, but they can be found in old rundown buildings as well. These cockroaches can handle the cold exceptionally well so you might find them outside by your trashcans.

Smokey brown Cockroaches

Smokey brown cockroaches can reach over an inch in length, so they’re one of the biggest species in our area. They’re reddish-brown and are rarely found here. They can live in our area if they make it here though. They often hitch a ride in shipping packages and containers. Still, you likely won’t have to worry about combating a smokey brown cockroach infestation anytime soon.

Surinam Cockroaches

Surinam cockroaches reach three-quarters of an inch and have light tan wings. You likely aren’t going to find these cockroaches in your area since they prefer warm climates. If they are on your property, you’ll find them in a warm greenhouse. Each member of this species is female. There are no male Surinam cockroaches.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches

Brown-banded cockroaches are half an inch in length, and they’re often compared to German cockroaches. Both look similar, but German cockroaches have racing stripes. Brown-banded cockroaches do not. You might find brown-banded cockroaches on your property, but they likely won’t enter your home.

Why Cockroaches Are In Your Home

You’re likely worried about cockroaches entering your home. Why does this happen? Cockroaches enter homes for a handful of reasons, including searching for food and warmth. They can slip through the smallest gaps and cracks. If you don’t keep your home clean enough, there is a risk that these pests will sneak into your home in the future.

Dangers Relating To Cockroaches

Are you worried about the health risks associated with cockroach infestations? You should be. Unfortunately, cockroaches are extremely dangerous. They don’t bite or attack humans, but they can make you sick. When you live with cockroaches, there is a risk that you’re going to eat contaminated food. If this happens, you might develop a serious illness. They can spread salmonella, and they can make asthma symptoms worse. Don’t ignore the cockroach infestation because it could make you ill.

What Is The Best Cockroach Control Treatment Option?

There are two primary types of cockroach pest control DIY And professional. Our professional cockroach extermination is flexible and suitable for infestations of all severity levels. Unfortunately, the same thing cannot be said honestly about over-the-counter pest control products. OTC pesticides and insecticides are low-strength formulas that will have minimal impact on a full-blown infestation.

Cockroach infestations are complex when thousands of insects are involved. While we believe our professional pest management is key to eradicating a cockroach infestation, we need every household member to be on board. Being on board means following strict food storage and household waste disposal regimens.

We partner with other exterminators and the Environmental Protection Alliance to deliver safe, effective, and affordable cockroach pest management services to all Toronto consumers.

When Can I Expect The Licensed Exterminator To Show Up For The Inspection?

We need between 24 and 48 hours to process your cockroach pest inspection request. Once your request is processed, a customer support member will give you a call. We encourage our clients to get and stay involved in the entire extermination process.

We work flexible schedules to ensure full access to all Toronto consumers. Please do not hesitate to inquire about our same-day and emergency pest control services.

Do Cockroach Control Products Contain Harmful Ingredients?

Chemical-based pest control products do contain ingredients that may post environmental and human health risks. However, we have teamed up with the Canadian Environmental Protection Alliance to find safer ways to treat cockroach infestations without putting consumers in danger. We have determined, cockroach extermination is much safer when the impacted home is vacant.

We speak with our clients in advance to request the home to be vacated prior to and after each pesticide treatment. In addition to this requirement, our non-toxic, eco-friendly pest management treatments are available per request.

What Is The Best Residential Cockroach Prevention Strategy In Toronto?

Toronto residences are under constant cockroach threat. This is especially true for multi-family dwellings like apartments, condos, and flats. Cockroach infestations range between mild and severe, with the latter the most serious and difficult to treat. We believe our professional cockroach control is the best extermination option for all Toronto consumers.

To learn more about our cockroach management, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Toronto exterminators. We work extended schedules to bring all residents and businesses our top-notch pest control services.

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