Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most difficult pests to control because of their ability to adapt to their environments. There are approximately 3,500 species of cockroaches around the world and while most can be found in the tropics, there are some species that are present in urban settings. Most infestations begin with the introduction of a few individuals, which can be accomplished from merchandise or other materials entering the home. Once inside, the infestations spread rapidly, especially if conditions are unsanitary.

These insects have the ability to inhabit the structural components of a building and can compromise the integrity of the building if left alone. Preventative measures can be taken to ward off an infestation including: proper storage of food and garbage, seal cracks that could allow cockroaches to enter the home, ensure kitchen surfaces and other areas of the home are well maintained and void of food materials.

Given the number of species of cockroaches, an inspection of the infected area by a trained technician is crucial to making a plan for its elimination. Once the infestation has been located, chemical treatments can be used to remove the pests. Because cockroaches are so adaptable, a variety of methods may be required to eliminate the population.