We know our pests!
Find out more information here about pests that are common to the Northwest and how we control them
Cockroaches are one of the most successful insect groups, but in a recent survey were also named the least favorite in the animal kingdom. We can understand why! With their ability to rapidly infest and reproduce, constantly feeding on filth and decaying matter, and carrying over 40 pathogens, these insects are gross! Many people are not aware of the presence of cockroaches here in the Northwest. Even though they do not live in the outdoors here, they are often found in homes, restaurants, and a variety of other locations, easily transferred through shipped packaged goods and other items. They thrive in the warm environment of our homes, usually seeking shelter behind refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers where they have close access to food and water. The most common roach in the Pacific Northwest is the German Cockroach. These roaches have the highest reproduction rate, developing from egg to adult within 3 months, with one female being able to indirectly produce over 100,000 roaches within a year. Although usually nocturnal, in heavy infestations these roaches can be seen during the day in search of food.
Store bought "roach bombs" generally do no help the situation, and can even make it worse, as the vast population of the roaches will seek shelter deeper in the cracks and voids of the walls, only to return later in greater numbers. The first keys to cockroach extermination are eliminating their food supply, their water access, and their hiding places. Once the roach species is identified, we create a treatment plan to completely eradicate the population. Because roaches can be spread throughout a building, we typically will apply a roach specific bait in conjunction with an odorless spray, making sure to be very thorough so as to reach all roach harborages. This will prevent the roaches from scattering, and if proper sanitation techniques are applied, will leave the roaches no choice but to eat the bait, resulting in complete eradication!