While there are many types of cockroaches around the world, in Toronto and the GTA we mainly see the following five: German, Oriental, American, Brown-banded, and Wood roach. The German cockroach is the most common of the five and is a very prolific breeder. While some people believe cockroaches are the result of unsanitary conditions, we regularly see cockroach infestations in the cleanest kitchens. They are very hard to prevent as they can be brought into a home in boxes or groceries bags. They seem to be able to find food in the most minute crack or crevice. Occasionally people bring cockroaches home from vacations in the southern U.S. or the Caribbean.
Cockroaches nest in cracks and crevices and they are attracted to food, water and shelter. Almost anything is food to cockroaches including plants, paper, cloth, and even glue used for binding books! They prefer a damp environment, and are mostly active at night.
Prepare for a Cockroach Treatment
Every cupboard below the kitchen sink should be emptied to allow for a thorough inspection and treatment. The countertops should be wiped down and cleaned. All pots, pans, cutlery, boxes and food should be removed and placed on the kitchen table. It is very helpful if the fridge and stove are pulled from the wall. Please clear out items from cupboards and vanity in the bathroom. If you are seeing any cockroach activity in any other rooms in the house, please clear the floors of the closets in these rooms and clutter from the floors of the room. Most of the time the Technician will treat with a gel bait that is very non-toxic and will not be very disruptive to the homeowner. If the Technician believes a spray application is necessary, everyone must vacate the premises for 4 – 6 hours after treatment including people and pests. Fish tanks should be covered with plastic and filter should be turned off.
An inspection of articles entering your home is a good idea; particularly food items. Cockroaches are hard to prevent but good sanitation practices will limit the infestation of this insect.