A cockroach invasion in a Toronto home can be a nightmare for homeowners, as the pest spreads from one room to another.
“The cockroach can be up to four inches long and looks like a small, brown, red-legged insect,” says Dr. John Breslin, a University of Toronto entomologist.
“There are multiple ways in which it can spread.”
First, a cockroach is attracted to moisture in the air.
When it spots a moisture-laden area, it will lay eggs in the soil, and then, when the eggs hatch, it burrows underground to feed.
“When you’ve got a roach, there is always moisture in there,” says Bresling.
Then, a roaches mouthparts are made of a soft, gelatinous substance, and it secures its prey in the mouth with a tough, tough, hard membrane.
“It can be anything,” he says.
Cockroaches, for instance, can be used as a way to immobilize pests and to create a natural food source for the insects.
Another way to control cockroaches is to use chemical sprays, or even a plastic bag, to wipe the surface of the roach with.
In a 2014 study, the authors found that the spray could kill up to 90 per cent of cockroach larvae.
If you’re using chemical spray, you need to use a chemical spray that’s designed to kill the roaches, not to get rid of them.
“This is one of the things that’s really frustrating,” says Scott McNeil, a Toronto entomeologist and co-author of a 2016 report on the subject.
“If you’re spraying on the surface, you can spray on the head, but the roachy head can stay there.
It’s going to go on to become a new roach and you’re not going to be able to get it out.”
To keep cockroches from getting into your home, keep a list of every possible place you could put the cockroach and any other pests.
This can include the floor, walls, ceilings, appliances, sinks, cabinets, countertops, furniture, windows and doors, as well as a kitchen and bathroom.
“That’s where the key is, to make sure there’s nothing in the house that’s going anywhere else,” says McNeil.
“Just make sure you have all the information and you don’t have to waste your time.”
If you find cockroch infestation on your property, contact your local pest control company.
“I can tell you from experience, if they’re not treating it properly, it’s going on to spread,” says Maitland.
Cockroaches are considered pests because they can be dangerous and cause severe injury.
If your property is infested with cockrobes, your pest control technician can prescribe appropriate insecticides and pesticides for your particular situation.
You can also contact the provincial Department of Health and Long-Term Care for more information about how to keep your home pest-free.
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