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Cockroach pest control

Almost any property is vulnerable to cockroaches, no matter how clean. These reddish brown pests have been around for ages and have a proven ability to adapt and survive in many environments. Cockroaches are considered pests, and if you see just one, there's a good chance you have more hidden away somewhere.

If you’re seeing cockroaches, it's crucial to consider professional cockroach control. Ehrlich's technicians specialize in effective roach treatment services for your home or business. Your technician will find the source of the infestation, eliminate it, and offer prevention methods to stop the roaches from returning.

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Cockroach information and resources

Learn about cockroaches with information about what they look like and different species.

How to keep roaches away

Effective cockroach control starts with prevention. It is much easier to prevent roaches from entering your home than to eliminate them once they have already infiltrated. There are several steps you can take to minimize the likelihood of cockroaches in your home.

  • Inspect items: Carefully check your belongings before bringing them inside. Cockroaches can easily hide or hitch a ride into your home by hiding in things such as cardboard boxes, lunch boxes, items from storage facilities, etc. 
  • Keep a clean home: Cockroaches can live off minimal amounts of food and water. Vacuuming, mopping, and wiping countertops will help eliminate a cockroach’s food source. Regular cleaning, especially under kitchen appliances where food may collect, denies roaches a meal and can help reduce their attraction to your home. 
  • Proper food storage: Roaches are notorious for hiding in small cracks and crevices. Eliminate food sources for roaches by adequately storing food in tightly sealed containers or plastic bags.
  • Eliminate entry points: Cockroaches can enter your home through small cracks and gaps. Inspect your property for potential entry points, which include windows, doors, pipes, and baseboards. You can prevent roaches from entering your living space by eliminating their entry, tightening door sweeps, adding weather-stripping, and caulking all exterior cracks, door jams, and window moldings.
  • Declutter: Cockroaches are skilled at finding hiding spots within cluttered areas. Keep your home clutter-free by removing any cardboard, paper, or other hiding spots that may serve as a shelter for roaches. 
  • Outdoor prevention: Prevent cockroach infestations by trimming vegetation 18” from the facade of your home, removing debris, keeping compost piles far away, and securing outdoor trash. Pull away mulch 18 inches from the side of your home as winter nears to eliminate overwintering pests.
  • Professional help: Although you can take multiple prevention steps, we recommend speaking with a professional roach exterminator if you have a cockroach problem. Contact us today to learn more. 

How do I get rid of roaches permanently? 

There are a few DIY steps you can take to get rid of cockroaches. However, the smartest way to ensure cockroaches are gone is to get help from a professional exterminator for roaches. Although some DIY methods, such as boric acid or Diatomaceous Earth, may prove to be partially effective, roaches are resilient pests. Cockroach problems can be a challenge, but our Ehrlich technicians will locate the root of the issue and select the best roach treatment for your home or business. 


Control cockroaches: the Ehrlich way

Our Ehrlich technicians use the latest technology and knowledge to offer safe, reliable cockroach pest control services. You can rely on Ehrlich technicians to find practical solutions for your cockroach infestation. We offer different cockroach treatment options dependent upon several factors to control your cockroach problem. Selecting the most effective treatment method to eliminate the cockroaches depends on the following:

  • Cockroach species
  • Size of the infestation
  • Infestation location
  • Property type (commercial or residential)


Effective cockroach treatment process

Ehrlich’s cockroach control services include an inspection, insecticide application, and insect monitor placement. Your local technician will physically remove any cockroaches found indoors with a vacuum and place pest-monitoring glue traps. Cockroach treatment will be applied to the exterior where cockroaches are possibly entering, and a non-repellent liquid residual insecticide will be applied to the areas where cockroaches hide or are likely to crawl. Any potential cockroach entry points in your home may be sealed with a silicone sealant, copper mesh, or expandable foam.

German cockroach treatment

To control the most common cockroach species, German cockroaches, your technician may use an aerosol insecticide as a flushing agent in cracks and crevices. Insect monitors will be used and checked for cockroach activity, and any cockroaches found will be removed with a vacuum. Roach bait such as gel or powder may be applied in cracks and crevices, corners, and small recesses where cockroaches would be most likely to come into contact. Once controlled, your technician will provide you with future preventive measures.

Large cockroach treatment

To control larger cockroach species such as oriental, smoky brown, and American cockroaches, your technician will begin with a property inspection. Pest monitoring glue traps may be placed in areas where cockroaches commonly enter your home, such as the basement or utility rooms. Roach bait will be strategically placed in any cracks or crevices, in areas where the cockroaches hide, and on the exterior of the home where cockroaches are found. The full treatment method will depend on the individual location and the cockroach infestation.

Why do I have roaches in my clean house?

There are a few different factors that can contribute to cockroaches hiding inside clean homes. Leaky sinks or high moisture areas can create an ideal environment for roaches to thrive. Cockroaches typically enter your home in search of food and can be attracted to items like cardboard, pet food, or even hair. German cockroaches are most commonly introduced from hitching a ride from an outside source such as work, school, friends, neighbors, or secondhand purchases. Cracks or crevices around your home can be an easy entry point for roaches to enter. If you are continuously seeing roaches in your home, it’s time to call for professional roach control.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I prevent cockroaches?

You should seal all potential entry points around pipes, drains, and common walls to deny cockroaches access to your home. Eliminating their food sources, keeping the area behind major appliances clean, and cleaning up food and liquid spills, as well as decluttering and tidying up, will help to prevent cockroaches from sticking around.

What attracts cockroaches?

Cockroaches are attracted to food, water, and shelter, and they will eat just about anything. Cockroaches are great hitchhikers and often end up in your home by being brought in on something else, like a grocery bag or a cardboard box.

What are the signs of a cockroach infestation?

A few of the most common signs of a cockroach infestation are cockroach droppings, their shed skin, smear marks, or their eggs. An unusual odor may also be present from their feces. Seeing a live roach itself is always a dead giveaway that there are probably more.

Can I do cockroach control myself?

While DIY options are intriguing, they are not the best option. DIY cockroach control rarely provides a long-term solution. DIY treatments tend to mistakenly target the wrong areas with over the counter products. This will often disperse the cockroach population throughout the property. We do not recommend attempting to control cockroaches on your own, as you may not eliminate the whole infestation.

Are cockroaches harmful?

Cockroaches carry disease-causing microorganisms and can contaminate surfaces, leading to illnesses, viruses, and allergies.

Why do I need cockroach control?

Cockroaches have been shown to carry disease-causing microorganisms on their bodies. Microbes found on cockroach bodies include several types of bacteria, worms, fungi, and viruses. While cockroaches have never been linked to the direct transmission of any disease, they can contaminate clean surfaces with these disease-causing microbes. Cockroaches can bring about the following illnesses:

  • Food poisoning is caused when cockroaches eat rotten food and crawl around unsanitary places, tracking germs across the food on your counter and in your cabinets.
  • Dysentery comes from cockroaches walking across fecal matter and then bringing it onto your food.
  • Tapeworms and roundworms can be transmitted to humans through cockroaches. A cockroach’s feeding and nesting habits enable it to easily ingest and carry a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms and parasites on its body. When this pest walks across your kitchen counters, it can contaminate food and surfaces, spreading parasitic worms to you.
  • Cockroaches can leave behind fungus from their droppings, skin shedding, and other material that will affect the lungs or eyes.
  • Cockroaches are known to carry several viruses.
  • Cockroach droppings, skins, and saliva are one of the leading causes of allergies for those who live in urban locations and they are the leading cause of asthma for urban children.

Cockroach control for your commercial property is just as important. In addition to all the health issues listed above, cockroaches in your place of business can ruin your reputation, and they are notoriously considered a sign of an unclean space.

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