Cockroaches are the most common insect pests infesting homes, food service establishments and other structures. Cockroaches are repulsive to most people, simply by their presence. They’re capable of mechanically transmitting disease organisms such as the bacteria which cause food poisoning. Cockroaches have also been found to cause allergic reactions and asthmatic effects in humans.

Cockroaches are nocturnal insects. They prefer to live and feed in the dark, so a cockroach seen during the day is a sign of infestation. Cockroaches tend to prefer dark, moist places to hide and breed, so they can be found behind refrigerators, sinks and stoves, under floor drains and inside of motors and major appliances, beneath rubber mats, behind wallpaper and within wall cracks. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.

Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewers and drain pipes. We can even bring them in on such products as grocery bags, boxes, purses and on ourselves!

Cockroaches prefer to live where there is food, warmth and moisture. Since cockroaches flourish where food and moisture are readily available, sanitation is an important step in prevention and control. Food containers should be sealed and any crumbs or spillage cleaned up. Also, cardboard boxes and clutter should not be allowed to accumulate.

The most rapid and effective pest control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Contact a Pest Management, Inc. expert to discuss control options.