Roach - Pest

What are roaches?

A scavenging insect, roaches (cockroaches) have two long antennae and six legs. There are several species that infest homes and businesses.

Jamaica is affected primarily by three types of cockroaches:

  • German: ranging from light-to-medium brown in colour, this highly invasive cockroach is most common in homes, restaurants, supermarkets.
  • American: this reddish brown cockroach with average size running between 34 – 55 mm, is one of the largest structure-infesting roaches.
  • Oriental: dark brown in colour, these cockroaches cannot fly. They are generally found outdoors in warm damp areas and they tend to enter buildings through the sewer system.


Why are cockroaches pests?

Roaches can survive for a long time with limited food. They can, therefore, survive on grease from your stove, flour, sugar, and leftovers/scrapings in rubbish bins, etc. They also multiply quickly, with female cockroaches being able to reproduce each month.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Roaches are carriers of diseases such as staphylococcus “staph” infections, and can cause food poisoning, skin infections, diarrhoea and more. They will also contaminate food with the bacteria in their saliva and waste.

Why do I have them?

Cockroaches can enter the home in a variety of ways. They can be carried into your premises via boxes or shopping bags or they will crawl or fly into your home or business place through foundation cracks, open windows/doors. Once inside, roaches stay because of food, moisture, and shelter.

Where are they found/how do I know that I have a roach infestation?

Sightings of roaches imply an infestation which should be dealt with quickly. A pest control company can help you to identify the location of their nest.

How can I prevent them?

Good sanitation practices will eliminate cockroaches in the home or business place. In an effort to keep roaches out of your home, we recommend that you keep all foodstuff in tightly sealed containers, clean up spills as they occur, keep stove and kitchen surfaces clean, and remove trash often.

How do I get rid of them?

Good sanitation practices will not be enough if you have an infestation and as such professional assistance will be needed in getting rid of an infestation of roaches. This requires proper identification of the type of cockroach to determine the best treatment(s). Sometimes depending on the level of infestation, this will require multiple treatments by your pest control company.

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