March

12

2013

 
Adult Cockroach With Babies

Cockroach babies multiply quickly.

If you have ever dealt with a roach infestation then you are probably well aware of the fact that roaches multiply quickly! Cockroach babies, known as nymphs, are born at an alarming rate which means that even just a few cockroaches getting into a facility can result in a full on infestation. While cockroaches are not a sign of filth, they do carry several serious diseases which is why as a business owner/manager you want to do everything in your power to prevent a cockroach infestation from becoming a reality.

Female cockroaches will deposit a case of eggs known as an ootheca in a safe place nearby. Once the nymphs are ready (this time varies), they will hatch from the case of eggs and begin their duties as a roach - finding and eating just about anything you have to offer. Oh and spreading disease and contamination along the way.

Nymphs will molt several times before they become adults but the behavior they exhibit from the start is similar to adults. Roaches multiply fast because each egg sac contains about 16 nymphs and then the cycle will continue. The more food, water and shelter available to the roaches, the longer they will live and continue to reproduce. So, what can you do to protect your facility from roaches and their babies? Here are a few roach prevention tips from the pest professionals at Sprague Pest Solutions.

  • If your business is not already protected with a year round commercial pest control program, now is the time to do so. Preventative treatments, frequent inspections and continuous monitoring are essential.

  • Keep doors and windows closed unless they are secured with a screen.

  • Take the trash out daily and keep dumpsters positioned well away from the exterior of the facility.

  • Do not let cardboard pile up; it should be taken out immediately. Roaches will find harborage in piles of cardboard and/or trash and your problem will only get worse.

  • Always disinfect food surfaces before and after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria from roaches.

  • Make sure that all food is stored in airtight containers, inaccessible to roaches and other pests for that matter.

At the first sign of cockroaches or their nymphs, make sure to contact Sprague Pest Solutions. Since roaches multiply so quickly, it is best to catch the problem as early as possible. At Sprague, we are committed to safely and effectively getting rid of cockroaches as well as any other pests from facilities in Portland, Salt Lake City, and Seattle as well as throughout our Pacific Northwest and Intermountain region service area. Don’t let roaches multiply under your roof, give us a call today!