Corky’s Cockroach treatments are sold by application. (Heavier infestations may require additional treatments spaced 10-14 days apart.) The effectiveness of this service depends on the occupant’s partnership preparation.
Upon arrival, our Technicians will customize a treatment plan. This treatment may include vacuuming for visible and accessible roaches and egg cases, as well as the application of a state approved material for the control of roaches.
Preparation for Indoor Services
It is necessary for you to prepare for our arrival and a succesful treatment of your home. Here is what you do.
- Remove all food from countertops and cabinets.
- In all infested areas, remove items, clean with soap and water (including in and under sinks and cabinets).
- Move the refrigerator and stove away from wall for unobstructed access
- Prepare all occupants and animals to leave the premises for up to four (4) hours or until the treatment materials are dry.
- Prepare birds and reptiles to leave the premises for ten (10) hours minimum.
Cockroaches spread disease and contaminate food products and are predominately located in your kitchen and bathroom areas. We recommend you thoroughly clean these areas and have Corky’s Annual Pest Control Service provided around the exterior of your home.
After treatment is completely dry, you may return the cleaned uninfested sealed products back to the cabinets. Do not clean the treated areas after the treatment, this will remove the materials used to combat your problem and will leave you unprotected.
If you are uneasy about having your food stored in close proximity to the materials, shelf paper may be used as a barrier.
The German cockroach is the most common household roach pest. They are usually found in kitchens, and bathrooms, but can be in any portion of a heated structure, but especially near food preparation areas. A nocturnal insect, German cockroaches remain hidden in dark secluded harborages during the daylight hours. If you see some during the day, it is a sure sign that a tremendous population exists. Cockroaches are scavengers with a wide choice of food. They thrive on the same food humans eat and pollute human food in process of feeding. Cockroaches carry disease organisms on the loins and bristles on its body, as well as the sticky pads on its feet.
Roaches defecate on food and transmit staphylococcus, streptococcus and E. Coli. Unlike most other roaches, they are very small-with a body length of only ½ inch. They are a light brown or tan color, with the female being darker than the male.
The female produces 4-8 egg capsules in her lifetime. Each capsule contains about 30-40 eggs. She carries the capsule until just before the eggs are ready to hatch. This usually takes 28-30 days. Nymphs go through 6-7 instars before becoming adults. The German cockroach population can grow at least 3-4 generations each year, and can complete the life cycle in as few as six weeks, but the average is 14-15 weeks. Adults will live up to ten months.
Brown Banded Cockroach
This is the smallest of the domestic roaches with a body length of only 3/8ths to 1/2 inch. It has distinctive markings--pale brown bands alternating with darker brown bands, which gives it the name. It usually lives in solitary settings or very small groups. Like other cockroaches, it is most active at night. The Brown Banded cockroach will live in just about any part of the house except the kitchen, only visiting there to get food and water, but they have changed habits and will now be found in closer proximity to the food sources.
Females form egg cases of about 18 eggs in each generation, and attach the egg case to a sheltered place. The eggs will take 50-90 days to hatch. The nymphs go through 6-8 instars. Depending upon temperature, it will take 95-275 days before they reach full adult stage.
Oriental cockroaches are usually black to dark brown, and are fairly large but smaller than the American cockroach at about 1¼ inches in body length. They can become numerous in damp, secluded areas such as crawl spaces, basements, and drains, and are occasionally called "water bugs" by mistake. The oriental cockroach is often found in a bathtub because it lacks sticky pads on its feet and cannot climb the smooth sides. Oriental cockroaches are also found outside near water sources or in the garage, being quite adept at living outdoors. These roaches are quite common in the sewers, and may come into houses through the drains. If the crawl space under a house is damp, it becomes an excellent breeding location for these roaches. The Oriental cockroach has a bad odor that people associate with cockroaches. They will eat any human or pet food, garbage, or other organic materials.
The female produces about eight egg capsules in a lifetime with each containing 16 eggs. She deposits this capsule within 30 hours after its produced. The nymphs emerge and go through 7-10 molts before becoming adults. There is usually only about one generation per year, which can take well over 500 days to complete. The adults will live about a year.
The American Cockroach is usually the one seen when people brag about some “huge” roach they spotted. It can reach a body length of around two inches, and occasionally more. It has a reddish-brown color. The American cockroach lives in city sewer systems, ship holds, basements,and commercial food preparation areas. It is sometimes called the Palmetto Bug in Florida.
The female lays an egg case, containing about 15 eggs, near a food source.They also need to be left in a warm, damp environment. One egg case can be produced every week. The eggs hatch in 32-58 days, and then go through up to thirteen instars. The life cycle is an average of 600 days, with most adults living well over a year. Some have lived for almost four years!
The Turkestan Cockroach is a relative newcomer to Arizona, but has become quite a problem. It was found in the urban areas of Phoenix and Tucson in 1982, and has become widespread in those environments. The adults are about an inch long, and have a pear-shaped body. The females are a little larger than the males, but have shorter wings. Turkestan roaches are usually found outdoors in shrubs and moist, dark areas such as compost piles and plant debris in the yard. They will enter houses looking for food. Once inside, they go after kitchen scraps, and will live indoors in potted plants. They have also become established in the sewer systems, and carry diseases.
The Turkestan Cockroach reaches peak populations each year in June. Little is known about its life cycle, which takes about a year to complete.
The Asian Cockroach first appeared in Florida in 1986, and was thought to be the German Cockroach. The only noticeable difference is that the Asian Cockroach has longer and narrower wings. It has spread throughout the central and southern parts of the state. They prefer outdoor locations, and large populations will develop in mulched or composted landscape areas. They are strong fliers, and will often make their way into structures.
Asian Cockroaches will be found in lawns, and readily take to flight when disturbed. They also are seen flying at dusk. They are attracted to lights and light-colored surfaces. They will eat practically any organic matter, and can spread disease.
The female will produce four egg capsules during her lifetime, with about 35-40 eggs in each capsule. After they hatch, it takes around two months for the nymphs to reach adulthood. The adult females will live for up to 3 ½ months, while the males only live 1 ½ months. The adults are usually seen in the throughout the spring and again in the late summer and early fall.
The Surinam Cockroach is between 3/4ths and one inch long, and colored a shiny dark brown to black. It is usually found outdoors, burrowing in mulched landscaped areas and wood piles. It will infest potted plants, which is how it makes its way into structures. Once inside, it will infest the premises. It is also common in greenhouses.
Populations of the Surinam Roach can be quite large, and they come out a night and feed, mainly on the stems of plants. Because of the heavy populations, they can do considerable damage to the landscape. They will conceal themselves during the day in the soil or dark locations.
There are no male Surinam Cockroaches in the U.S. The females are able to reproduce without fertilization (parthenogenetic reproduction), producing an egg capsule that stays in the abdomen. It then gives birth to an average of 24 live young. Populations can grow quite rapidly.
The Burmeister Cockroach is popularly known as the Death's Head Cockroach due to the unusual skull-like markings on its pronotum. It is a large cockroach, with a few occasionally reaching around 3-4 inches in size, but most are around 2 1/2 inches long. The adults have wings and do not actually fly, but they will glide. They have been sold in pet stores as a type to breed for use as pet food (typically for lizards and tarantulas). Some people also keep them in terrariums as pets.
The Death's Head Cockroach usually eats vegetation and fruits, but they will go after some proteins, especially pet food left outdoors. The normal habitat is under leaf mulch and rotting wood in humid locations. The nymphs will burrow, but the adults are too large to do so effectively.
The female lays eggs in a capsule. Once the eggs hatch they go through several nymphal stages over the next six months before becoming adults.
Roach Video Script
Hi this is Corky, here to give you some information on cockroaches and cockroach treatment.
Cockroaches are particularly adept at thriving inside your home. They prefer to live in warm, damp areas like your kitchen and bathroom, but can move to other areas of a your home if food and moisture are available.
If you see one cockroach during the day you have hundreds of cockroaches hidinge in many different places within your home. They hide above, behind, and under cabinets. They nest around hot water heaters. They hide behind your refrigerator, your stove and many other places.
Performing a successful cockroach treatment requires a cooperative effort between the homeowner and the pest control company. There are several steps you must take in preparation for a cockroach treatment. A list of these steps will be given to you prior to the treatment. Additionally you can find these steps on our web site at corkys.biz.
Steps include removing food from your kitchen counter, in trash bins, and bowls of pet food left out. Cockroaches will feed on any food source available.
Treatment for cockroaches usually includes vacuuming for visible and accessible roaches and egg cases, as well as the application of a state approved material for the control of cockroaches.
These approved materials come in the form of liquid, gel, and dust. We will assess your situation and use whatever material is necessary for successful cockroach eradication.
To schedule your cockroach treatment today, call on of our friendly customer service representatives. They will be happy to help you.