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Cockroaches

Cockroaches are not only one of the most common pest problems, they are also one of the most stubborn. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in a host of areas, breed quickly, have a very high reproductive potential and may develop resistance to pesticides.

Cockroaches often taint food with E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, so it’s not safe to ignore these pests. Exposure to cockroach faeces and the body parts of dead roaches over time can even trigger allergies and asthma especially in children.

A quick response at the very first signs of an infestation is often essential to control cockroaches in your home and to prevent the spread of this pest to your neighbours.

 

Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches are drawn to food in your promise and will eat anything from foods, paper, packaging, plastics and fabrics to animal matter.

It is often easier to spot signs of a problem in your home or business rather than an actual live cockroach. As nocturnal creatures, cockroaches usually hide out of sight during the day and become more active in their search for food at night.

Worried about cockroaches? Call Azalia Pest Services on 0718 937998 for home and  businesses solutions.

Signs of a Cockroach Problem

There are some simple ways you can identify a possible cockroach infestation, which could require professional treatment.

  • Cockroach droppings – cockroaches leave a dust of black/brown cylindrical droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths. Normally they are found in conditions where there is little water.
  • Smear marks – check for marks on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches are active. If water is abundant cockroaches will produce brown and irregular shaped smear marks.
  • Shed skin – look for this evidence in places you suspect they are sheltering. Cockroaches shed ‘cast nymphal’ skins 5-8 times as they mature to adults.
  • Structural damage – look for unusual signs of damage on food packaging,leather items and even books.
  • Unusual odour – an established cockroach infestation produces a lingering and unpleasant musty smell that taints items they come into contact with.
  • Live cockroaches – German cockroaches need warmth and humidity and may be found around bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchen areas. They are also good climbers, scaling smooth surfaces like glass & polished metal with ease; due to sticky pads on their feet. You might see them when turning on the light in the kitchen at night. Oriental cockroaches on the other hand can cope with cooler, damp conditions and could be found in basements or drains. If conditions are tolerable they can survive outside in areas such as rubbish tips. Although not as agile as German cockroaches, they can climb a surface such as rough brickwork.

Professional treatment is often the most effective way to get rid of cockroaches in your home or business. Specialist services can guarantee a long-term solution and reduce the risk of a re-infestation through professional prevention methods.

For businesses, the presence of cockroaches poses a real threat of contamination and damage to stored items and brand reputation. Additionally, the health hazards associated with this disease-spreading insect are a real concern for homeowners too.

Wondering how to get rid of cockroaches? Contact us on 0718 937998 for specialist cockroach control services.

Our  technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are certified, licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise.

With a deep understanding of the habits of each cockroach species, we can use our knowledge to develop an effective control program for your property.

Getting Rid of Cockroaches with Azalia Pest Services

Our service begins with a thorough survey of your property. Our technicians identify signs of cockroaches,their potential breeding and hiding sites, the species as well as assess the level of infestation.

Our Service and Benefits:

  •  Inspections – this even includes night-time inspections. Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures and night-time inspections will better reveal any hiding areas on your premises.
  • Certified technicians – we have a team of reliable, qualified and experienced professionals.
  • Safe, targeted treatments – we minimise the risk of insecticides in the home by using non-toxic cockroach control products, which are highly targeted at the crevices where cockroaches hide. Products used may include a spray, gel baits or dusting powders to help get rid of cockroaches in the home or at your workplace.
  • Expert knowledge – our knowledge, backed by global experience, about the habits of cockroach species enables us to provide the most efficient methods of control.
  • Convenient treatment times – our discreet treatments are carried out at times convenient to you to minimise disruption to your business or home life.
  • Chemical-free solutions – Suitable for homes and even highly sensitive business environments, our cockroach control service can effectively get rid of cockroach problems.
  • Professional prevention advice – your local technician can provide expert prevention advice on how to proof your home and prevent a re-infestation.
  • Long-term support – our technician will arrange follow up visits (if they are needed) to re-treat the identified hiding spots at an interval that coincides with the hatching time of the cockroach egg cases.

Our work is not complete until your cockroach problem is fully resolved.

Cockroach Species

There are over 3,000 different species of cockroaches – some are considered pests while others are beneficial in their natural environment.

The three main types of cockroaches commonly found in homes in Kenya include the German cockroach, Oriental cockroach and American cockroach.

See below for facts and information on types of cockroaches common in Kenya:

 

German Cockroach

(Blatella germanica)

Appearance

Notorious for their world-wide distribution, German cockroaches are easily identifiable by 2 dark longitudinal stripes on their pronotum. Adults grow to approximately 12 – 15mm in length.

Lifecycle

  • Females carry 35 – 40 eggs in an ootheca (egg case) until they are ready to hatch.
  • Hatch in 1 month.
  • Nymphs take between 6 weeks to 6 months to develop into adults.
  • Generally 3-4 generations per year.

Habits

  • Most commonly found indoors.
  • Prefers wet, humid conditions and are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms in homes and commercial properties.

 

Oriental Cockroach

(Blatta orientalis)

Appearance

  • Dark brown or black in colour.
  • 20 -25mm long.
  • The wings undeveloped in female and cover ¾ length of the abdomen in the male.

Lifecycle

  • Females deposit 16 eggs in an ootheca (egg case).
  • Hatch in 2 months.
  • Nymphs take 6-18 months to develop into adults.

Habits

  • Highly adapted for surviving in the natural environment, Oriental cockroaches thrive in cool, damp areas such as basements, drains and openings beneath porches.
  • Known for their preference for feeding on garbage and decay, these insects can most commonly be found in rubbish tips and leaf litters.
  • Runs rather than flies.

 

American Cockroach

(Periplaneta americana)

The American cockroach is one of the largest pest cockroaches to invade homes and commercial properties.

Appearance

  • 35 – 40mm long.
  • Shining red–brown in color.
  • Wings longer than the body in male; only just overlap abdomen in female.
  • Runs (may fly at very high temperatures).

Lifecycle

  • The ootheca (egg case) containing up to 16 eggs is carried by the female for several days before being deposited. Sometimes cemented down and tend to be grouped.
  • Hatch in 1 – 2 months.
  • Nymphs usually develop in 6 -12 months, but it can take up to 15 months.

Habits

Also known as the ‘Palmetto bug’ because they live on trees, the American cockroach prefers dark, humid and undisturbed areas and can be found in subfloors, basements, kitchens, roof voids and bathrooms of homes.

 

Brown Banded Cockroach

(Supella longipalpa)

Appearance

One of the smallest pest cockroaches, brown banded adult cockroaches are approximately 10 – 15mm in length and characterised by yellow-brown stripes across their abdomen.

Lifecycle

  • Females deposit the ootheca (egg case) containing 16 eggs a day after production.
  • The ootheca of the Brown banded cockroach are cemented down and widely scattered.
  • Eggs hatch in 1 – 2 months.
  • Nymphs develop into adults after 2 – 4 months.

Habits

  • Brown banded cockroaches mostly stay on ground, but may fly in very warm climates.
  • Their preference for warm, humid environments leads them to harbourages within heated buildings – ceilings, attics, inside and around appliance motors.
  • Primarily active at night, these opportunistic feeders particularly enjoy materials with high starch contents.

 

Dusky Cockroach

(Ectobius Lapponicus)

Appearance

  • Adult males are 9–11mm in length, whereas females are 6–8mm in length.
  • The body of the Dusky Cockroach is dark grey–brown, except for the male’s dark pronotum and the female’s dark brown abdomen.

Lifecycle

  • The Dusky cockroach’s egg cases (oothecae) are produced and carried by the female for one or two days between January to April.
  • The oothecae over-winter on the ground and the nymphs hatch in the spring.
  • The nymphs hibernate during the late stages of development to become adults in February.
  • The adults die between April and May.

Habits

  • The Dusky cockroach is mainly ground–dwelling and favours scrub, grassland and woodland habitats.
  • Male Dusky cockroaches only fly in warm weather.

 

Lesser Cockroach

(Ectobius Panzeri)

Appearance

  • Males are 6–8mm in length, whereas females are 5–7mm.
  • The Lesser Cockroach is pale to dark brown, with dark brown or black legs. Their tegmina (leathery outer wings) are pale yellow-brown with dark speckles.

Lifecycle

  • The egg cases of the Lesser Cockroach are known as oothecae, and are produced and carried by the female for one or two days between January and April.
  • They over winter on the ground and the nymphs hatch in the spring.
  • The nymphs hibernate during the late stages of development to become adult in December to January.
  • The adults die between April and May.

Habits

  • Adult Lesser cockroaches are not easy to find.
  • These cockroaches have a preference for coastal and sandy plains.
  • The males only fly in warm weather.

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 eggs, smear marks, shed skin, cockroach droppings, damage caused by cockroaches, unusual odour and actual sightings in, kitchens, laundry roof voids and basements.

 

Can cockroaches fly?

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

How do I control 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 DIY 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 products 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?

As cockroaches are omnivorous, they eat everything edible. They are rarely aggressive enough to attack people while awake, but they could if you were asleep. Only the larger species could take a bite through our skin.