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Why Do I Have Cockroaches In Summer? Terminix’s Best Cockroach Prevention Tips

Why do I have cockroaches in summer? If you’re asking yourself this question, you’re not the first and you certainly won’t be the last Canadian homeowner to do so. A nuisance pest year-round, you have to be particularly vigilant about cockroach prevention in the summer. After all, summer’s hot and humid temperatures provide optimal conditions for cockroach mating.

Cockroaches are constantly seeking out warmth, moisture and food. This means they will be inevitably attracted to your kitchen, especially if you leave food exposed.

It’s important to remember that cockroaches are nocturnal. In short, a cockroach infestation can flourish without you recognizing the severity until it’s too late for cockroach prevention methods. These wily little buggers tend to find cracks and crevices to breed in. You’ll be unsurprised to hear that these areas include places beneath refrigerators, stoves, and other kitchegn appliances, among other hiding spots discussed later in this blog.

How Do Cockroaches Get Inside?

How cockroaches breach your property’s perimeter depends on the species. Some cockroach species may hitch a ride into your home after your latest shopping spree. For example, they may get transported inside via bags of pet food or in food or beverage containers. Other species breach your home through small cracks and openings in your home’s foundation, or through drain pipes.

Because cockroaches hail from tropical climates, their first hiding spots of choice are places that are typically warm and humid. In other words, kitchens and bathrooms are prime real estate for these rent-free invaders. Don’t forget, cockroaches won’t confine themselves to these areas either. Happy roaming from room to room, these irritating pests wind up in multiple locations throughout your home.

Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation

When approaching summer cockroach prevention, the first step is keeping an eye out for cockroach warning signs. While cockroaches shy away from light, they do lay eggs en masse. Did you know that female cockroaches lay between 30 and 40 eggs in their lifetime? Each egg casing, called an ootheca, can contain anywhere between 10 to 60 nymphs. When you discover an egg cluster while vacuuming, this is a tell-tale sign of a cockroach infestation.

Elsewhere, deploying and regularly checking glue traps is also a useful way to keep track of a cockroach infestation’s size. When questioning “why do I have cockroaches in summer?” always remember that your best bet to get rid of cockroaches is hiring a professional Terminix Canada cockroach exterminator.

Best Places In Your Home To Look For Cockroaches

Ultimately, proper cockroach removal and cockroach prevention isn’t something that can be taken lightly. This is true especially during Canadian summertime. This means being extra careful about leaving food out, cleaning up crumbs and residue, and thoroughly cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. To help you get started, here is a list of common cockroach hiding places that you can inspect or vacuum after reading this blog.

  1. Kitchen cabinets and drawers
  2. Inside and underneath kitchen appliances
  3. Sinks, drains, and pipes
  4. Trash cans
  5. Bathtubs, showers, sinks, and toilets
  6. Behind and under tiles
  7. Inside and underneath furniture
  8. Behind or under baseboards and moulding
  9. Inside vents and outlets
  10. Closets and storage areas
  11. Inside electronics
  12. Basements and attics

Remember, cockroaches are often attracted to rich and moist soil like the kind found in flowerbeds, mulch, and other landscaped areas in your front and backyard. If you’re an avid gardener, you have to be particularly vigilant while tending to your plants and making sure you don’t leave any door screens ajar.

Removing Cockroaches Is What We Do Best. Leave Cockroach Control To Terminix Canada 

If, despite your best efforts, you experience another cockroach infestation this summer, turn to Terminix Canada. Hiring a professional cockroach exterminator is the best way to get rid of cockroaches. It also means gaining access to over 90 years of pest control experience. They’ll tend to your cockroach infestation quickly and easily. You no longer have to stress over the question “why do I have cockroaches in summer?” You now have the answer and know exactly what to do to liberate your property from these disgusting crawling pests.

The Entomological Society Of America Now Classifies Termites As Cockroaches

Most people really hate cockroaches, and who could blame them. Most people also aren’t very fond of termites, but normally that’s the only thing that groups these two pesky pests together.

Until now.

In the biggest reclassification (not really) since International Astronomical Union (IAU) deemed Pluto wasn’t deserving of a planetary title, termites have now been deemed cockroaches.

Termites Are The New Cockroach

No, really. According to the Entomological Society of America in their updated master list of insect names, termites are the new cockroach. Recategorizing the termite order is backed by many decades of genetic evidence that the wood chippers should be part of the cockroach order, Blattodea.

Since the 30’s, gossip of termites getting lumped into the cockroach order has exists. It was back then that researchers first discovered that the microbes in termite guts are also present in wood-eating cockroaches. Weird coincidence, right?

As technology has advanced and the genealogical relationship kinks were ironed out, so began the argument that termites are simply a part of the hydra-like family tree of cockroaches. The first suggestion of reclassification came from termite biologist Paul Eggleton of the Natural History Museum in London. In his study, Death Of An Order, published in 2007, positioned termites on the tree near the Cryptocercus cockroach.

Chemical ecologist and cockroach enthusiast Coby Schal at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, has stated that termites are nothing but social cockroaches. For example, Macrotermes termite colonies can grow to three million strong, fairly easily. This despite them having just a single queen and king.

Deciding whether to demote the entire termite order was an unusual conundrum, says Whitney Cranshaw of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He was a part of the naming committee members put to a vote to make the final decision.

“Probably some of us, including myself, didn’t want to make the change because we liked it the way it was,” said Cranshaw. Namely, it was a lot easier for his students to memorize termites and cockroaches as a part of two distinct orders. However, that didn’t stop him from voting in favour of the change regardless.

“It’s what’s right,” Cranshaw shrugged.

What Hasn’t Changed? How Terminix Handles Termite Control!

This reorganization is all fine and dandy for the good people of the science committee. However, at the end of the day, does this change anything? How does this affect pest control?

The bottom line is that it doesn’t. Regardless of whether you want to consider termites cockroaches, or whether you prefer to continue separating the two pests, Terminix Canada is still here to stop both bothersome insects in their tracks.

Whether you are experiencing a cockroach outbreak or a termite infestation, it’s important that you quickly call in the experts. Both pests can cause serious, expensive structural damage to your home. This damage is no easy fix if you wait too long to deal with the problem.

Like mice, if you notice one termite around your home, there’s likely another hundred nearby that are better at hiding.

Likewise, for cockroaches, immediate cockroach control is imperative in preventing infestations from reaching critical, untenable levels. They multiple rapidly, so a small pest problem can quickly turn into a sizeable cockroach infestation if given the chance. 

Get the best termite (and we mean termite) control and cockroach control across the country from Terminix Canada. With over 90 years of experienced, you can trust that our expert exterminators will work fast, efficiently, and effectively. Contact us today to receive a free consultation and solve your pest problem.

Spring Cleaning – The Best Way To Keep Spring Bugs Out

Spring is a time for renewal, refreshment, and restoration. With lighter evenings and warmer weather, many Canadian homeowners feel rejuvenated to tackle a new project or pick up from where they left off in winter. Take it from Terminix Canada; the best way to channel these inner desires is to take some preventative spring pest control measures.

Why? Because spring is breeding season for many types of pest. Ultimately, if you stand still, spring bugs will feel more than at liberty to make your home theirs. That’s why Terminix Canada has listed four places in your home where spring cleaning and spring bug maintenance should take place. By being proactive, you can prevent spring bugs from appearing and killing your springtime buzz.

4 Places Where Spring Bug Maintenance Should Take Place

  1. Kitchen
  2. Washroom
  3. Basement
  4. Outdoor Areas

Clean The Kitchen

While human populations are grounded from vacation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not the same for spring bugs. Ultimately, your kitchen is the biggest pest holiday destination of them all! It’s open for business if you do nothing about it. Pests love food and since your kitchen is where the food is, bugs like ants, flies and beetles can’t get enough of your food preparation space.

Nevertheless, by thoroughly and diligently cleaning up food spills, crumbs, and overripe fruits from the countertop, you will make your kitchen less appealing to spring bugs.

For your annual spring clean, first remove everything from your cabinets and pantry. Get rid of stale spices and dated items. Put open packages into airtight containers. Next, wipe down the inside of your cabinets and put in new shelf paper. Then, pull your appliances as far from the wall as possible and vacuum behind them. The last thing to do is give the counter and floor a real scrubbing with a sponge soaked in warm water and a bit of dishwashing liquid.

Tidy Up The Washroom To Wash Out Spring Bugs

Cockroaches and silverfish are just some of the springtime critters that love moisture and make their homes in washrooms. Ultimately, reducing any areas of concentrated moisture is essential for effective cockroach and silverfish control. If you have a dehumidifier handy in your home, we recommend using it to dry out your washroom and other areas.

Elsewhere, while you’re in the washroom, wash your shower curtain and liner. Clean out your medicine cabinet and check under the sink and around the tub and toilet for leaks as well. Remember, leaks lead to moisture build up on the floor and in the pipes themselves. Should you uncover any leaks in your space, call your local plumber.

Better The Basement

Pests like spiders and wildlife like rodents enjoy harbouring in dark corners and cluttered areas of your home. These favourable conditions are often found in your basement. This is why we recommend taking some time during your spring cleaning to truly go through your basement looking for spring bugs.

We’re talking about eliminating clutter wherever possible, storing items in plastic bins with secure lids, and reducing cardboard box use too. Damp cardboard boxes provide another springtime oasis for a number of pests, especially silverfish.

Before you return upstairs, finally inspect your basement with a magnifying glass. Look out for any gaps and crevices that require caulking. Remember, even the tiniest cracks or crevices provide pests and wildlife ample access to the interior of your home.

Audit The Outdoors For Spring Bugs

So far, this blog has addressed places where spring cleaning and spring bugs maintenance should take place inside the home. But don’t forget the outside too!

You’ll want to perform a complete inspection of the outside of your house. This includes noting any damage that might have occurred during the winter. Replace any rotted roof shingles, and unclog the gutters and downspouts. Repair any ripped screens, put in new weather-stripping where needed, and patch-up loose mortar around the windows and foundation.

As far as landscaping, trim back bushes and branches so that pests can’t use them as tightropes into your home. Get rid of any rotted tree stumps and make sure mulch is at least 15 inches away from your foundation. Termites love rotting wood. If you come across any bee, hornet or wasps nests, do not engage. Terminix Canada has the treatments you need for wasp removal and hornet removal.

Since bee populations are in danger, we often recommend customers contact local beekeepers to safely rehome bees and their bee hives. However, in cases where bee hives are located in an area that poses a danger to human safety, especially in cases of allergies, we are able to control the threat and safely remove bees from your property. Contact us today and see your flying insect control problems buzz off for good!

READ MORE: THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP YOUR DECK SAFE FROM TERMITE DAMAGE

Get Rid Of Spring Bugs With Terminix Canada

Pests don’t care about your home. So why suffer? If you believe your home is infested this spring, locate and contact your nearest Terminix Canada branch today. Simply tell them what happened, and they’ll take care of the rest – building the pest control program you need.

7 Of The Best Hiding Spots For Cockroaches – How To Spot Cockroaches In Your Home

If you’ve ever wondered ‘where do cockroaches hide?’ we don’t blame you. A nocturnal species, cockroaches are one of the most evasive, irritating pests of all! Ultimately, these six-legged nuisances love playing hide-and-seek. If you’ve unwillingly taken part in cockroach fun and games, you’ve likely discovered a gross bug, found a nearby shoe to swat it, and then experienced the sheer terror of the roach disappearing altogether.

Small, fast and agile insects, cockroaches can effortlessly squeeze themselves into ridiculously tight places. In short, they actually enjoy the squeeze. It’s like a free massage at the spa each day. Oh, to be a roach… not quite! With speedy cockroaches usually having the upper hand in hide-and-seek, Terminix Canada is here to help you level the playing field. This blog will not only answer the question ‘where do cockroaches hide?’ but it will provide a list of everyday measures you can take to keep disgusting roaches out for good.

Hiding Spot #1 – Your Cabinets

Unfortunately, simple wooden cabinet doors are no match for conniving, sneaky cockroaches. Roaches are capable of sniffing out the teeny tiniest of food crumbs and they’ll adventure across your dinner plates to get there. Carrying bacteria directly into food-dense areas like your kitchen countertop, the sheer thought of this is enough to make you vomit. Simple preventative methods of cockroach control include regularly cleaning out your cabinets and keeping food in sealed airtight containers.

Hiding Spot #2 – Your Appliances

Besides carrying bacteria into food-dense areas, cockroaches literally poop where you eat! Everyday comforts like our stoves, heaters, microwaves, coffee machines and toasters are all hotspots for a cockroach infestation. Not simply providing comfort and a place to hide out, this is where food debris and spilled sauces reside too. This is where roaches hit the jackpot. It really is a win-win for their survival. By cleaning these appliances as a part of your daily routine, this DIY method of cockroach removal can help.

Hiding Spot #3 – Pipes

Remember the infamous basilisk that travelled around Hogwarts castle’s pipes in the Harry Potter movies? Much like this, cockroaches often use pipes to travel to different rooms and parts of your property. Ultimately, pipes provide cockroaches plenty of rest stops. Roaches thrive in dark and moist places where mold can grow into delicious cockroach cuisine. By inspecting your home for leaks and ensuring your pipes are properly insulated, you are taking a good form of preventative cockroach control.

Hiding Spot #4 – The Ceiling

Thought that was the end of answering the question ‘where do cockroaches hide?’ We’re not done yet. Did you know cockroaches hide on ceilings too? These pests are so stubborn that they don’t even care about gravity! Like action movie stars who hide star-fished on the ceiling, roaches seem to know that we rarely look up. Cockroaches will happily chill in the corner of a room and then laugh at you as they scuttle away as soon as you turn the lights on. Another form of DIY roach control includes sealing even the littlest cracks and holes in your ceiling.

Hiding Spot #5 – The Trim and Moulding

At the outset, we discussed how cockroaches get off on squishing themselves into the tightest places. In short, there’s no place as tight as the cracks in your trim and crown moulding. Cockroaches use these cavities as tunnels to infiltrate your walls. We don’t blame you for thinking this is where roaches gather to collectively cheer and celebrate at shaking you off their tail! Cockroach removal in this situation involves sealing up every crack where trim and moulding come together with walls and floors.

Hiding Spot #6 – Your Electronics

Have you ever laughed at someone for being fussy about keeping their phone, computer keyboard, or gaming console incessantly clean? Well don’t! Ultimately, if you eat while using your electronics and leave any crumbs or spills, cockroaches will use this opportunity to scare you while you’re having a good time. No matter how much you enjoy multitasking, avoid eating while using your electronics and keep them clean.

Hiding Spot #7 – Your Furniture

There’s no place like an armchair or couch for a cockroach cuddle. Sure, us Canadians are used to hibernation season indoors. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant we’ve all spent more time home than ever before. Unfortunately, our indoor behaviours can affect the likelihood of a cockroach infestation.

These critters jump at the opportunity to feast on the popcorn or chip crumbs you’ve enjoyed alongside your weeknight Netflix binge. Ultimately, dark corners and crevices in your home make a lovely space for cockroaches to start a family. Besides your current furniture, if you’re buying used furniture online; remember to check it for eggs first. Vacuuming any furniture on a regular basis will help deter cockroaches since food dust and dirt will be minimized.

Now That You Know The Answer To ‘Where Do Cockroaches Hide?’, Take Action Right Now

While the simple preventative cockroach control measures discussed in this blog will help deter the pest, you still need Terminix Canada. In short, cockroaches lay eggs aggressively. The best way to get rid of cockroaches is persistent treatment from the professionals. Terminix Canada has helped homeowners get rid of cockroaches for over 90 years. We succeed where many fail with their ineffective, DIY cockroach killers.

Why Using A Cockroach Bomb Is A Bad Idea

When Googling cockroach control online, it won’t take you long to uncover the so-called ‘cockroach bomb’. Otherwise known as total release foggers, you should know that these roach bombs aren’t effective at eliminating cockroach infestations from homes.

According to a study published by BMC Public Health in January 2019, the study suggested cockroach bombs do little to kill roaches indoors. According to the report, the released chemicals don’t breach the areas in homes where cockroaches are abundant and thrive. These areas include cabinets and underneath surfaces. This blog will further discuss what the study revealed. Additionally, it will list the further shortcomings of using cockroach bombs as an effective method of cockroach removal.

What Else Did The BMC Public Health Study Reveal?

The BMC Public Health study involved testing four different commercial bug bombs with various insecticides in 20 homes with German cockroach infestations of varying severity. Weeks after the cockroach bomb treatment, there was no significant decline in the estimated cockroach population numbers.

Study researcher Zachary DeVries said: “The bug bomb products did absolutely nothing to control cockroach populations in these homes.” The research also investigated insecticide exposure in homes and its risks after a bug bombing. A month after cockroach treatment, they discovered 34% of flooring and surfaces still had insecticide residue present.

De Vries continued: “Bug bombs are not killing cockroaches; they’re putting pesticides in places where the cockroaches aren’t; they’re not putting pesticides in places where cockroaches are and they’re increasing pesticide levels in the home.”

How Is A Cockroach Bomb Meant To Work?

Cockroach bombs spray pesticide into the air in a confined space. As it falls to the ground, it coats infested surfaces and kills the associated cockroaches. Extension Entomologist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Michael F. Potter, previously spoke about how bug bombs work, or are intended to work.

He said: “Most foggers are designed to be placed in the center of a room on a chair or table and activated by depressing or removing a tab at the top of the can.

“The entire contents are released upwards, into the airspace, where the aerosol droplets remain suspended for a period of time and then gradually settle onto floors, countertops and other surfaces.

“When applied in this manner, very little insecticide actually penetrates into cracks, voids, and other hidden locations where cockroaches, ants, silverfish, and most other household pests congregate and spend most of their time.”

What Are The Other Problems When Using A Cockroach Bomb? 

So, we’ve established that cockroach bombs don’t reach the tiniest nooks and crannies that roaches love to hide out in. What else? Cockroach bombs are highly flammable and can be toxic due to the aerosol and pesticides used. In other words, cockroach bombs are problematic in unqualified or unskilled hands. If you are considering using bug bombs, you need to be aware of the associated safety risks.

The University of Kentucky Entomology Department actually recommends avoiding cockroach bombs altogether. Michael F. Potter continued: “Many insect foggers contain pyrethrin as an active ingredient. The ingredients within ‘bug bombs’ also tend to be repellent, causing insects to scatter and move deeper into walls, crevices, and other hard-to-reach areas.”

What About Cockroach Gel Baits? Do They Work?

Hopping back to the BMC Public Health study, Zachary DeVries and his team tested other popular cockroach removal tactics too. One of them included the use of cockroach gel baits. Their research showed that gel baits were more effective than bug bombs after treating an additional 10 homes with gel baits.

Wondering The Best Way To Get Rid Of Cockroaches? Call The Professionals At Terminix Canada

Ultimately, the best way to get rid of cockroaches is consulting with a professional cockroach exterminator like Terminix Canada.

Cockroaches are simply too resilient for the average Canadian homeowner to overcome alone. Our residential pest control teams can manage cockroach infestations with environmentally friendly solutions such as our Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This is a complete plan to get rid of cockroaches for good. Including proper procedures like inspection, monitoring, elimination and exclusion, you can be sure cockroach problems will crawl away for good.