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Cockroach Control

Controlling cockroaches in your home begins with understanding how they enter, where they live and how they survive. Cockroaches are one of the most hated household pests. These flat, shiny insects are usually light brown, reddish brown or dark brown in color. They live and breed in dark, covered areas, carrying bacteria and filth around your home. It's not that easy to get rid of cockroaches, so it's best to know all about them and stop them from sneaking into your house. If you are past the prevention stage and these pests are already creeping around your home, don't worry. Because trained Ortho® Pest Control Service technicians are experts in eradicating all types of pests—especially cockroaches.

Cockroach Prevention Tips

It's harder to control cockroaches because they've adapted pretty well to living with humans. Besides eating leather, glue, hair, flakes of dried skin or decaying organic matter, they also like to eat things we like (starches, sweets, grease and meat products). Unfortunately if your neighbors have them, they regularly sneak into your home. In addition to our service, here are a few tips to keep them at bay.

  • Use tightly sealed containers to store food.
  • Empty household garbage and pet litter regularly.
  • Caulk, or use putty, to seal cracks and holes around your home.
  • Mend holes and rips in window screens.
  • Clean the kitchen and other eating areas after each meal.
  • Eliminate water puddles or moist areas around your home.
  • Remove piles of mulch or firewood against your home's foundation.

Cockroach Facts

  • Cockroaches came about during the Carboniferous era (280 million years ago).
  • There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches in the world.
  • Most are one–half to two inches, but the largest can reach six inches.
  • Cockroaches breathe out of holes all over their body, so they can live a week without their heads.
  • They can hold their breath up to 40 minutes.
  • They can also live without food for a month, but can only last a week without water.
  • Cockroaches take 36 days or so to reach maturity.
  • Adults can run up to three miles an hour.
  • Baby cockroaches can run almost as fast as their parents.