Cockroaches: Facts, Identification & Control

Cockroaches belong to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta & Order Blattaria.
Some species invade human dwellings & are considered pests.

These cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present.
Restaurants may also experience cockroach infestations.

Cockroaches can measure over one inch in length, with tropical species tending to be larger than those found in other climates.
Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae & wings.
However, a number of winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying.

Cockroaches emit unpleasant odors & may also produce sound.
The Madagascar hissing cockroach is the most famous of these vocal cockroaches, although more common species may produce quieter clicking or chirping noises.

Cockroaches can wreak havoc on your home.
To win the war in cockroach control, here's what you should know :

Entry: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks & crevices, vents, sewer & drain pipes. We even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses & on our person!

Ideal environment: Your home is an ideal breeding ground most species of cockroaches. With plenty of food, warmth, water & nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.

Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly.
For every one you see there can be many, many more hiding & multiplying behind your walls.

Evasiveness: Because cockroaches are nocturnal, if you've seen one, you probably haven't seen them all.
The few cockroaches you see by day could mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation.

Allergies/Asthma: The dust created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies & droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children & sensitive individuals.

Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them, & their eggs are naturally protected from insecticides.
Without special equipment, materials & know-how, cockroach control can be a losing battle.