Cockroach Control

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Cockroaches

If you live near an urban area or store food anywhere on your property then your property could be vulnerable to cockroaches. They have been around for a very long time and are known for their ability to adapt and survive. Cockroaches are considered pests and if you see just one there's a good chance you have more hidden away somewhere.

That's why, if you’re seeing cockroaches, it's important to call in an Ehrlich professional who will be able to work with you to find a solution. We will find the source of the infestation, eliminate it, and offer prevention methods to stop the pests from returning.

The first step is to call 1-800-837-5520 or fill in our online form to set up an appointment.

Effective cockroach control

If you are unsure on how to remove cockroaches or prevent them from returning, the pest specialists at Ehrlich can provide you with peace of mind when you are experiencing a cockroach infestation.

Our certified specialists are located across the U.S. and can provide you with safe,reliable cockroach control when you need it most. With access to the latest technology and knowledge, you can rely on Ehrlich pest specialists to find solutions to your cockroach infestation fast.

To find out how your home or business can benefit from the pest control services provided by Ehrlich, call 877-456-2541 or contact us online.

How old are cockroaches?

Cockroaches have been found as fossils and encased in amber dating back millions of years. Experts estimate that cockroaches are between 350 - 400 million years old.

There is evidence of breeds of cockroaches that have gone extinct. For example, one type of cockroach was found encased in amber that more resembles a praying mantis that your typical roach. It was a ferocious and vicious hunter, it is thought, much different from today’s species.

Cockroaches have even been found to have personalities, with some behaving boldly and others preferring to hide. Scientists believe that this trait, among others, has helped the cockroach survive and to continue to adapt and change to their environment.

Why are cockroaches pests?

Cockroaches are pest for a number of reasons, from the fact they scare people, including customers, to the fact that cockroaches carry with them a number of diseases that can be potentially quite serious to humans.

Cockroaches in your place of business can ruin your reputation and they are notoriously considered a sign of an unclean space. However, there are other concerns that make cockroaches pests that must be dealt with by professionals.

Cockroaches can bring about illnesses such as:

  • Food poisoning - because they like to eat rotten food and crawl around unsanitary places, they can track germs across the food on your counter and in cabinets and that can cause food poisoning.

  • Dysentery - a disease that comes from ingesting fecal matter, which cockroaches are more than happy to walk across and then bring onto your food.

  • Tapeworms - which can cause serious illness and problems with digesting food in humans and other animals.

  • Roundworm - parasite organisms, such as pinworms, that can be very dangerous to humans and cause illnesses such as trichinosis.

  • Fungus - cockroach droppings, shed skins and other material can develop fungi that will affect the lungs or eyes. Those with asthma can be very much at risk from fungus left by cockroaches.

  • Viruses - roaches are known to carry a number of viruses including those as serious as polio.

  • Allergies - cockroach droppings, skins and saliva are one of the leading causes of allergies for those who live in urban locations.

Cockroach species

How effective are cockroach traps and baits?

Cockroach traps are often the first method of removal for home and business owners when a cockroach infestation is discovered. Yes, you can buy roach traps at your local big box store, but how effective are they at removing cockroaches?

One reason cockroaches can be difficult to exterminate is because they are nocturnal insects, which means they only come out at night. So, one might assume that if you place traps where you see signs of cockroaches, the traps will attract cockroaches and remove the infestation.

Cockroach traps

Roach traps and sticky traps allow you to inspect and monitor a cockroach problem over a period of time because it provides a visual representation of the infestation. It can tell what kind of cockroaches are on your property, where the cockroach infestation is located and where to spray pesticide. But, it won’t exterminate a cockroach colony. 

One reason roach traps won’t work to remove the colony is because the traps are sticky, so once a cockroach stumbles across a trap, it can’t move. This means whatever pesticide is on the trap won’t come into contact with other cockroaches.

Cockroach bait

Cockroach baits work by cockroaches smelling the bait, eating it and then bringing it back to their colony. Once the poisoned cockroach dies, other cockroaches eat the carcass and die from poisoning as well. 

Now, this can be an effective form of cockroach control. Pest control specialists often use cockroach bait as the first line of defense because it can be used without prior cockroach control measures but roach bait is not the silver bullet. 

Bait aversion is when cockroaches avoid eating the bait because they don’t like the taste of it. This is often referred to as behavioral resistance. 

Other reasons why cockroach traps and bait may fail are: 

  • Improper applications of traps, bait and pesticide 
  • Poor sanitation 
  • Lack of bait rotation

Cockroach FAQs


  • How do I know if I have a cockroach infestation?

    Signs of a cockroach problem can be identified by various physical evidence such as cockroach droppings, smear marks, shed skin, cockroach eggs, damage caused by cockroaches, unusual odor and actual sightings in kitchens and basements.


  • What species of cockroaches are there in the U.S.?

    There are several species of cockroaches found in the U.S. which are the


  • Can cockroaches fly?

    Yes, some species are stronger flyers than others. The Oriental and German cockroach species do not fly.


  • How do I prevent cockroaches?

    The most effective way to prevent cockroaches is to deny them easy access to food, water and shelter, which are the main factors that attract them into your home or business.


  • How do I get rid of cockroaches?

    There are range of off the shelf do-it-yourself products that can be purchased from local shopping centres but professional treatment is often the most effective way to get rid of cockroaches in your home or business.


  • What are the treatments for cockroaches?

    We offer non-toxic which are highly targeted at the crevices where cockroaches hide. Products used may include a spray, gel baits or dusting powders.


  • What type of cockroach killers are there?

    As a professional pest control company, we have a full range of highly effective insecticides and insect control products which offer an effective solution to a cockroach infestation.


  • Do cockroaches bite humans?

    The cockroach is an omnivore, that is, it eats everything edible. They are rarely aggressive enough to attack people while awake but could if you were asleep. Only larger cockroach species could take a bite through human skin.


  • What do cockroaches eat?

    Cockroaches aren’t picky eaters. They will consume any organic food source that is available to them. This includes, leather, hair, books, decaying matter and sewage, sweets, meats, beer, cheese and starches. Cockroaches have also been found to eat dead trees and decaying wood. This all depends on the environment cockroaches have inhabited. Cockroaches can live up for a few days to a week without water.


  • How long do cockroaches live?

    The development time for a cockroach is heavily influenced by environment and species of cockroach. The lifespan of a cockroach can range from a little over a month to almost two years.

Ehrlich’s cockroach control service

As the experts in cockroach control, we can provide professional, targeted treatment methods for your home or business.

Our certified technicians located across the U.S. provide a quick and reliable service to guarantee complete control of the problem and offer expert tips on prevention.

With access to the latest technologies and the most innovative processes, you can rely on efficient service from Ehrlich.

Call us today at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us to discuss the benefits of our cockroach control services and how we can help solve your cockroach problems.

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