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Cockroach control

Just about any property is vulnerable to cockroaches, no matter how clean. Cockroaches have been around for a very long time and are known for their ability to adapt and survive. They 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 important to call in an Ehrlich Technician who will work with you to find a solution. Your Technician will find the source of the infestationeliminate it, and offer prevention methods to stop the pests from returning.

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Cockroach information and resources

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


Control cockroaches: the Ehrlich way

Ehrlich Technicians will provide you with peace of mind when you are experiencing a cockroach infestation. Our certified Technicians are located across the eastern United States 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 Technicians to find effective solutions for your cockroach infestation.

We offer different treatment options dependent upon several factors to control your cockroach problem. Selecting the most effective treatment method to completely eliminate the cockroaches depends on the following:

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

Our cockroach treatment process

Ehrlich’s cockroach services include an inspection, insecticide application, and insect monitor placement. Your Technician will physically remove any cockroaches found indoors and place pest monitoring glue traps. Treatment will be made to the exterior where cockroaches are harboring and/or 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 German cockroaches, your Technician will 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. Cockroach bait will be applied in cracks and crevices, corners, and small recesses where cockroaches would be most likely to come into contact with the bait. Once controlled, your Technician will provide you with future preventive measures.

Large cockroach treatment

To control large cockroaches (American, oriental, and smoky brown cockroaches), your Technician will begin with a property inspection. They may place pest monitoring glue traps in areas where large cockroaches commonly enter your home and where large cockroaches are often found, such as basement utility rooms. Cockroach bait will be strategically placed in any cracks or crevices and in areas where the cockroaches hide. Cockroach bait will also be used on the exterior of the home where cockroaches are found. The full treatment method will depend on the individual location and infestation.

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.

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.

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