Cockroaches may be a common sight, but in reality, they can be a nightmare to deal with. Having witnessed many infestations myself, I can tell you that they can spread quickly and are incredibly hard to get rid of. In fact, a single female can lay up to 40 eggs at a time, which means that a small cockroach infestation can turn into a massive one sooner than you think. Moreover, they have been known to carry diseases and can trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Don’t let the thought of these pests running amok in your household scare you, however. Action Pest has been proudly serving the Burlington, Hamilton, and Oakville areas for over 40 years, and we’re here to help you tackle these pesky critters.

Let’s dive into some common questions I receive about cockroaches:

Are cockroaches dangerous?

In short, yes. Cockroaches are considered one of the most dangerous insects, ranking second only to house flies when it comes to spreading diseases. Due to their exposure to various habitats, cockroaches are highly susceptible to diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Infestations can lead to illnesses such as salmonella, typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera, and even leprosy.

What are cockroaches attracted to?

Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches aren’t attracted solely to unclean houses. These resilient creatures are drawn to three main things: food, water, and shelter. While they prefer foods with starch, they are capable of eating almost anything, including concrete.

When is the best time to catch or see a cockroach?

Nighttime is the prime time for encountering cockroaches. These nocturnal insects emerge from their hiding spots under the cover of darkness. If you’re attempting to catch them, be cautious, as even the slightest hint of light can send them scurrying away.

How do I stop a cockroach infestation?

While it may not be possible to completely prevent an infestation, there are several preventive measures you can take to minimize the chances. Good sanitation practices, although not a guarantee, can significantly help in deterring future infestations. Be mindful of packages or items you bring into your home, as cockroaches can hitch a ride. Additionally, eliminating accessible, open food sources will reduce opportunities for infestations.

Cockroach infestation is not something to be taken lightly. These resilient pests have been a persistent challenge for homeowners and businesses for years because of their ability to spread disease and their affinity for food, water, and shelter. In fact, cockroaches are so hearty that they can live up to a month without food and up to a week without water. But don’t be fooled by their adaptability, because they can also contaminate food, causing illness and allergies. It’s crucial to stay vigilant and take action against them as soon as possible. That’s where Action Pest Control comes in. With four decades of experience serving the Burlington, Hamilton, and Oakville areas, we can provide reliable solutions for all your pest control needs. Don’t let cockroaches take over your space. Act now before it’s too late.