Cockroaches, also known as roaches, are insects as common as they are repugnant which can easily get into our homes. Due to their living in the filth, their unpleasant appearance, and the bad smell they give off, they are very unwelcome “guests.” Furthermore, they represent a serious sanitary problem in that they play a notorious role in the transmission of pathogenic organisms responsible for serious diseases such as salmonellosis, cholera, tuberculosis, e.coli, and more. If you’re seeing roaches by day, you have a heavy infestation that requires professional control.
OUR SOLUTION: Our systems ensure the complete solution to the problem and since they are 100% eco-friendly, they contribute to protecting the health of the whole family, including children and pets.
► Liquid nitrogen: It reaches the temperature of 240 degrees below zero (-240°F) causing a cryogenic burn that leaves no way out to both roaches and their eggs.
► Gel bait: It is a tasty food-based bait for roaches that eliminates very quickly the entire colony thanks to the so-called “domino” or “cascade” effect. Its action takes place through ingestion of the gel bait by the insects, with consequent secondary poisoning of the feces. Since roaches eat their own feces as well as the carcasses of other roaches, when they ingest the feces and carcasses of poisoned roaches they get poisoned and die as well. In addition, we use an eco-friendly product designed to keep its strength and ability to poison the new roaches right after hatching.
AVOID: Toxic pesticides, whether liquid solutions, powders, spray foams or fumigant canisters, do not generally reach the nest, and on top of that they can be dangerous for the human respiratory system. All these insecticides are perceived by roaches, and they cause them to hide even deeper into their nest. Moreover, all insecticides force to first evacuate and then to clean thoroughly the areas to be treated.
CONCLUSION: Our treatments are effective, convenient, completely eco-friendly, do not need any advance preparation of the areas to be treated, your house or apartment will not be messed up, and you will not need to dispose of anything in that all infested object will be sanitized and recovered. Get in touch with us, we will be delighted to provide you with a free estimate without any obligation on your part. Remember: your satisfaction is our pride!
A DEEPER ANALYSIS: Cockroaches can feed on just about every kind of food present in a home, and also on a wide variety of organic materials, such as paper and cardboard. The cockroach is an insect of the Blattodea order, belonging to the Blattidae family. Present throughout the world, it is the most widespread pest found in homes, where it can get through drains, gardens and sewers; it can move easily from one building to another, very well adapted to living with humans, thanks to home heating and food availability. Cockroaches are harmful because they spread diseases and deteriorate food, fabrics, books, etc. The most dangerous characteristic of cockroaches is that of regurgitating a portion of food eaten and defecating during the meal. Many studies have demonstrated that roaches carry over 40 species of pathogenic bacteria responsible for bacterial dysenteries, salmonellosis, cholera and botulism. They are also capable of transmitting different viruses, such as Coxsackie viruses, several strains of the polio virus and probably hepatitis A. Furthermore, roaches can be a vehicle of pathogenic protozoa such as toxoplasma eggs. Finally the direct contact with cockroaches or their carcasses, can favor the onset of hypersensitivity and various forms of allergies. Since roaches release a nauseating secretion, the places where they stay or eat, result in contamination with microorganisms and smell badly. They are equipped with powerful legs that allow them to run, and are boarded with bristles. Their body is flat and oval-shaped, and their color varies from brown to black. Adults of some species reach a maximum of 1.5-2 cm in length, while others may exceed 8 cm. In a rest position the head is reclined below the chest, and thus invisible. On the head there is a pair of long and filiform antennae used to capture odors and variations in the environment, two wide eyes and mouth with chewing apparatus. Some species can fly, others despite having wings are poorly adapted to flying, some are wingless. Both males and females have great sense organs placed in the final part of the abdomen. Cockroaches are mainly active at night, preferring humid environments while during daylight they hide in the crevices and cracks of walls, in the secondary frames of doors and windows, in the channels of electrical and water services, in the cavities and other sheltered corners of bathrooms, kitchens, cupboard and warehouses, under the baseboard or in other hiding places near heat sources (e.g. refrigerator compressor, the passing ways for hot water pipes, kitchen oven, etc.). They also infest sinks and inaccessible parts of the furniture and cooking tops. The vital cycle includes egg, nymph and adult. They live lumped in colonies in which coexist adults and nymphs. The females of cockroaches lay eggs in groups, surrounded by a protective shell called ootheca that she deposes in a convenient spot for hatching. This can take place, after a few days or a few months, depending on the species and the environmental conditions. The shape and size of the egg cases are distinctive characteristics for the different species. Nymphs are similar to adults, except in size, lighter in color, with wings and sexual organs not yet fully formed. They complete the transformation in a period of time ranging from one month to more than a year through 5 to 10 stages or more. Males reach sexual maturity before the females. Adults will mate several times and the female lays eggs within a few days after mating. Throughout their lives, which spans from a few months to a year, an adult female can produce several hundred eggs. The most common species living in close association with humans are the German cockroach, the Oriental cockroach and the American cockroach.
German cockroach (Blattella germanica): Responsible for much of the infestations of kitchens, cafeterias, restaurants, bars, stores and the holds of ships, where food is stored or processed at high temperature, around 85°F with 40% humidity, but in most cases, German cockroaches get into our houses through boxes containing food (e.g. potatoes and onions) or bottles coming from infested stores. This roach is one of the smallest measuring 10-15 mm in length. Males have a color ranging from light brown to yellowish, while females are slightly darker with uniform color, and rounded abdomen. The female carries the ootheca attached to the abdomen until 1 to 2 days before depositing it. The ootheca, which contains 30-40 eggs and measures 8 x 3 mm, is fully formed in 24-48 hours. A female produces 4-8 oothecas during its life cycle. The nymphs change from 5 to 7 times in a period of 30-60 days.
Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis): It is black and measures 20-27 mm in length. The male is equipped with two pairs of wings that cover half or two thirds of the abdomen, but is unable to fly. The female is wingless. The life cycle of the Oriental cockroach can exceed two years in ideal conditions, with a temperature of 70-78°F. Eggs can be laid at any time of year, and every ootheca contains between 14 and 18 eggs. The nymphs go through about 10 stages over a 1-2 months period. They become more active in spring and summer time, leaving a bad smell in the rooms. They are usually found at lower levels of homes, like basements, and prefer old houses with thick walls. They are easily found in bathrooms. Sometimes it is possible to find these insects in the roof terraces of the upper floors, in attics or in kitchens where they arrived by following old water drains or household garbage.
American cockroach (Periplaneta americana): It has a cosmopolitan distribution. The ideal temperature for development is around 82°F, but it is active between 70 and 90°F. The species like soft drinks and jams, but it can also feed on starchy stuff, glue and paper, thus damaging books and paintings. Adults can be 8 cm long. Both sexes have wings with good ability to fly. The color varies from tan to dark brown. The vital cycle can span from 8 months to 3 years and the nymphs change from 7 to 13 times. It is often protagonist in infestations involving industrial kitchens, prisons and the holds of ships, but it is also easily found in public toilets, garages, among rubble, in garbage dumps and sewers.