“Ugly, disgusting and touch to kill”. These are some of the common descriptions of a cockroach. Cockroaches are not only unsightly, but they are also a potential health hazard. They carry a range of illnesses such as typhoid fever, diarrhea, cholera which could pose a huge risk in homes with children and the elderly. Moreover, their droppings and saliva could cause allergies and asthma.

Despite them being unlovable and distasteful, understanding them is the first step in prevention and extermination. Listed below is some information about a cockroach that you should know.

  • General feeder.
  • Lives in warm and humid areas where food and water are easily accessible.
  • Always lives in group.
  • Active at night but hide during the day.
  • Prefer to move along the sides of the walls rather than open spaces.

They are three common types of cockroaches found, which are German Cockroach, American Cockroach and Brown-Banded Cockroach. Cockroaches are resilient pests, I am sure you have encountered few times whereby no matter how much insecticide spray, the cockroach still manages to survive and escape. If you suspect a potential cockroach infestation, call us immediately and we would be able to assist you in your battle against the tough cockroach!

Management Strategies

Inspection

Treatment

Bait is applied in sensitive areas (e.g., electrical boxes, food preparation areas, etc.). Cockroaches that feed on it will be killed and the poisoned individuals will transfer the bait toxicants to other group members.
A residual insecticide is sprayed on cockroach hiding and harbourage sites. It is also applied along the perimeter of the premises to kill them when they get in contacted with the residual insecticide.
Ideal to be used in inaccessible cracks, crevices, and void areas (e.g., manholes).
Patriot injector / Aerosol is used to flush cockroach out of their hiding places and force them to crawl on the insecticide treated areas.

Preventive Measures

  • Clean up premises, especially food preparation areas on a frequent and regular basis.
  • Wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use.
  • Clean up food sources such as crumbs and spills right away.
  • Store food in thick plastic/metal containers with tight lids including pet foods. Place them in designated areas.
  • Dispose garbage, trash, waste, edible, or otherwise correctly on a frequent and regular basis.
  • Keep garbage can and dumpster lids tightly closed. Empty and clean them regularly.
  • Eliminate sources of water/moisture (e.g., repair and fix water leakages).
  • Eliminate clutter in and around the premises.
  • Discard/avoid using corrugated cardboards.
  • Seal cracks, crevices, voids, gaps, holes, and wherever cockroaches may enter/hide.
  • Wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use.

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