Cockroaches

The Roach.

In Michigan, only four types of cockroach are common: the German cockroach, brown-banded roach, American cockroach and the Oriental roach, though for the most part the four species are treated in a similar manner as far as extermination is concerned.

German cockroaches are the most common in Michigan. Males are brown to dark brown with two black stripes on the pronotum (the area just behind the head) and have a tapering abdomen. German roaches are capable of large-scale infestations of whole apartment complexes. 

American cockroaches adults    can be slightly more than (3 inches) long,

and are reddish brown or mahogany colored.

 Roaches are nocturnal so roach inspections are usually conducted at night. Most roach infestations start in the kitchen and/or bathroom so your inspection should be concentrated in these areas. You will be looking for adult roaches, juvenile roaches, roach eggs and roach feces. 

Cockroaches can spread disease by contaminating human food with germs they pick up in latrines, garbage dumps, etc. ... — diarrhoea — dysentery — cholera — leprosy — plague — typhoid fever — viral diseases such as poliomyelitis.

What do you need to look for.

Roaches are nocturnal so roach inspections are usually conducted at night. Most roach infestations start in the kitchen and/or bathroom so your inspection should be concentrated in these areas. You will be looking for adult roaches, juvenile roaches, roach eggs and roach feces. 

 Most roach species prefer dark, moist areas to hide and breed. Typically kitchens and bathrooms are the first rooms to be infested.

Use your flashlight to look for roaches behind or under refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, sinks, or cabinets.

Roaches may also be found in or around floor drains, inside the motor areas of refrigerators and microwaves, behind wall mounted pictures or clocks, under floor mats, behind wall paper and in cracks and crevices in cabinets and around walls.

What should you do before we treat.

Sanitation is definitely one of the most important steps to getting rid of roaches, and preventing them. Most roach treatment programs will fail if this step is skipped or poorly implemented. You must eliminate what attracts roaches, including as many food sources and water sources as possible and also seal off or eliminate places that roaches like to hide.

Getting rid of food sources is one of the most important parts of roach control. Sanitation of your kitchen and other areas of your home require dedication and hard work, but are necessary for a roach-free living space.

Clean Kitchen Appliances. Roaches in your kitchen can live off grease and food spills under and behind your appliances. Clean under and behind the stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, and around and underneath the sink.

Empty and Clean Cabinets. Crumbs and food spills from stored food products provide a buffet for roaches. Clean to eliminate this food source.

Keep Food in Sealed Containers. Roaches are small enough to get into the cardboard packaging or loosely closed boxes and bags. Store food in metal, glass, or hard plastic sealable containers.