Typically associated with restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels and other commercial buildings, cockroaches are also a common residential pest. Although they are not indigenous to Upstate NY and Western Vermont, cockroaches are often transported in from other infested properties.
In commercial cockroach infestations, the carrier is usually a supplier, neighboring tenant or even an employee. With multi-family dwellings or apartment buildings, the infestation is typically the result of a tenant moving their infested belongings into a new unit, and the cockroaches spreading throughout the building. When cockroaches infest a single-family home, it’s normally because they are brought back from travel to a tropical location, or brought in by guests or food delivery from a restaurant that is infested.
Our Process for Cockroach Extermination
At Nature’s Way Pest Control, our professionally-trained cockroach exterminators use an integrated approach to cockroach removal, and a combination of natural, “eco-smart” products and conventional pesticides.
Step 1: Detailed Inspection. The first step in eliminating cockroaches is identifying the source of the problem and rectifying any sanitation issues. Most places with severe infestations have a big problem with cleanliness.
Using an Integrated Pest Management Approach (IPM), we inspect the structure and identify areas or habitats that could be causing the cockroach problem, and provide a plan for how to remove conducive conditions.
Whether we can offer a warranty or not will depend on the overall condition of the structure upon inspection.
Step 2: Clean Out. If the problem is severe, we have the ability to do an initial “clean out”, to knock down the cockroach population immensely. This is done with liquid products and is a much more intense application than normal. If this is needed, our cockroach exterminators will ask you to leave the building for 4 hours.
Step 3: Baiting. In most situations, our cockroach exterminators use a gel-based bait product, which is applied into cracks and crevices with a syringe-like device. It acts as a food source for the roaches, and it is laced with just enough active ingredient to kill small insects, so it is not harmful when applied correctly around people or animals.
Step 4: Pesticide Application. We also use an insect growth regulator, or IGR. This liquid aerosol is applied into cracks, crevices and voids, out of reach of children and pets. Known as an “adulticide”, because it kills the adult roaches, the IGR either blocks the insect’s ability to turn into an adult or it causes it to change into an adult before it is physically able to reproduce. Essentially, the IGR acts as “birth control” for cockroaches, because the immature insects are not able to molt into reproductive adults, and the population eventually dies out.
Long-Term Cockroach Control, Prevention & Warranties
Female cockroaches carry an oothecal, or an egg sac, with 30-50 nymphs (babies). The oothecal is very well protected, and these nymphs are able to reproduce in approximately one month. Because of this, and many other factors, including cleanliness and how the roaches are being transported into the home or business, we cannot offer a simple one-time cockroach treatment with a warranty.
The length of time needed to exterminate cockroaches from a home or business depends largely on the severity of the infestation. In most cases, it takes a minimum of 6 months of treatment to identify and eliminate the source of the infestation and solve the active problem, after which can often provide a 30-day warranty.
For multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings, a monthly or bi-monthly treatment program is highly recommended for long-term cockroach control and prevention. Our monthly cockroach treatment plan is the most comprehensive pest control service in the industry, providing year-round protection from not only cockroaches, but from many other pests, as well.
Get Started with a Free Inspection
If you need a cockroach exterminator in Albany, Saratoga, Glens Falls or as far north as Plattsburgh NY, Nature’s Way can help. Call (518) 745-5958, or complete an online request for a free inspection. You can also contact our cockroach exterminators in Rutland, Burlington and throughout Western Vermont by calling (802) 855-2978.
German cockroaches are actually the most common cockroach on the entire planet. They are only around a half inch in length and vary in color from tan to almost black. They often hitchhike into our homes by way of a grocery bag, box or a thrift store find, bringing disease and contaminating food sources. Commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens, cockroaches can spread more than 30 different types of bacteria. Cockroaches can make you sick, and have been known to trigger allergies and make asthma symptoms worse, especially in children.
Although they sometimes appear during the day, cockroaches are primarily nocturnal, and homeowners usually only discover an infestation when they flip on a light in a dark room and see them scatter. They love drains and pipes, so keep your bathrooms and kitchen clean with ammonia. Make sure you keep your floors and counters crumb-free, vacuum your home regularly, and take out the garbage frequently. You may want to periodically check under appliances and sinks for cockroaches, as well.
Because German Cockroaches are relatively small, they prefer confined spaces, often hiding in small crevices and cracks, evading detection. However, our seasoned cockroach exterminators have a trained eye for spotting their hideaways. Attempting to exterminate cockroaches yourself can be challenging, especially since cockroaches have an adaptive ability. For example, there is a strain of German cockroach that refuses to eat sweetened baits.
If you suspect you have a cockroach problem, please contact us, so that we can provide you with a free inspection and advise you on the best treatment plan for your property.