Control Cockroaches in Vancouver, Surrey and Lower Mainland

How to Know if you Have Cockroaches

Cockroaches are nocturnal insects: they prefer to live and feed after dark. Therefore, if you see one in your house during the day there is a high likelihood that there may be an infestation in your home. They prefer to live in dark, moist places so they are likely to be found behind fridges, behind sinks and stoves, as well as under floor drains and inside motors of major appliances.

Sometimes, cockroach feces will be visible if there is an infestation. This will resemble coffee grounds or black pepper. Additionally, egg cases can sometimes be seen around the house.

A serious infestation may also introduce an unpleasant smell – such as a strong oily or musty odor.

What you can do to Deal with Cockroaches in Your Home

Many over-the-counter products to get rid of cockroaches prove to be ineffective at containing an infestation. Cockroaches are very adaptive pests and tend to be resistant to many home extermination products.

The quickest and most effective pest control methods are those used by trained pest control professionals. Often, the process will start by having the homeowner remove attractants such a pet food bowls, dishwashers, or trash cans. Furniture and appliances should be carefully inspected before bringing them home, as populations can be introduced easily that way.

Pest control technicians will be able to seal the home as well as is possible, and set up appropriate traps in areas where a cockroach may travel or hide. The exact plan to remove the cockroaches will vary case-by-case and will be outlined by the pest control professional.

When to Call the Experts

One cockroach may not be a sign of an infestation. As soon as you see two or more at a time, or if you are consistently spotting them, the likelihood of infestation is strong and this will require professional help. A trained technician will offer the most effective approach to getting rid of the infestation, and will provide an ongoing solution to avoid future infestations.

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German Cockroach


Cockroaches1.jpgAbout 5/8-inch long. Light to medium brown with two dark longitudinal streaks on the thorax.


Nocturnal; primarily infests areas close to food, moisture and warmth. Most common cockroach found in and around apartments, homes, supermarkets and restaurants.


Scavenger; eats almost anything


Females can reproduce one egg capsule every 20 to 25 days. Each capsule contains from 18 to 48 eggs. Newborn become adults in as little as 36 days. Adults can live up to one year.

Life Cycle

cockroaches.jpgGerman cockroaches are the most common cockroach found in households. German cockroaches undergo three distinct life phases; egg, nymph and adult. Their entire life cycle spans approximately 100 days, although this is dependent on the factors such as temperature, diet and injuries.

German cockroaches breed continuously. In a lifetime, a female cockroach is capable of producing up to one million eggs. Populations grow quickly in optimal conditions. A typical thriving population is comprised of 75 per cent nymphs and 25 per cent adult roaches.

Unlike other cockroach species, the female German cockroach carries the oothecae attached to her abdomen until they hatch. Nymphs break free from their egg cases through concerted effort and remain close together after hatching. They undergo six or seven nymphal stages, known as instars before emerging as winged adults capable of reproduction.

Adult German cockroaches are nocturnal insects that hide during the day and scavenge at night. Despite their fully developed wings, German cockroaches very rarely fly.

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