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Cockroach inspection, treatment & control

We know what it takes to rid your home of cockroaches. Explore our treatment options today.

Do you have a cockroach problem?

There are over 4,600 different species of cockroaches. About 30 of those, including the German cockroach, American cockroach and Oriental cockroach, can be found in homes. They are usually flat, oval-shaped and oily to the touch ranging from as small as half an inch to as big as 6 inches.

  • The lifespan of cockroaches varies, with some living up to a year. A female German cockroach can produce up to 10,000 nymphs in her lifetime.
  • Cockroaches can carry bacteria and pathogens like E. coli and salmonella on their bodies, so anything a cockroach walks across, including food, can become contaminated. They are also known to produce an allergen that can trigger asthma attacks.
  • Cockroaches are attracted to moist, humid, and dark spaces. They will eat just about anything, including human food and even household items like soap and plants. 
  • Signs of cockroaches include small droppings, smear marks, shed skin and an unusual musty smell.
  • Getting rid of cockroaches

    Effective, long-term cockroach treatment is all about noticing signs of an infestation and acting quickly. It’s also important to avoid creating conditions that attract cockroaches. We prioritize preventative maintenance and treatment so you can feel confident that cockroaches won’t have the chance to take hold.

    Step 1
    Inspection

    We’ll inspect your home for free to check for signs of cockroaches and risk factors that could make your home vulnerable.

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    Step 2
    Treatment

    After evaluating your property, we’ll determine the appropriate treatment to remedy the situation and get to work as soon as possible.

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    Step 3
    Ongoing Protection

    If you have a quarterly plan, we’ll come back every three months for another inspection and preventative treatments.

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    Step 4
    Prevention

    We want to make sure cockroaches don’t keep coming back. We’ll offer advice for prevention and control that will make your home less vulnerable to infestations.

    Cockroaches will die after a week without water, so they prefer to live near a reliable water source, and they like moist, humid, dark spaces. They are often found near kitchens and bathrooms, living in cupboards, drains, under appliances, in ceilings and cellars and in cracks in the walls. They are nocturnal, so they tend to emerge at night in search of food.

    It’s rare. The only reason a cockroach might bite a person is a long-term lack of nutrition. In American homes, cockroaches always find sufficient food without having to resort to biting.

    Since cockroaches will eat just about anything, they can cause significant damage around your home. From chewing furniture, wallpaper, drapes, and clothing to contaminating kitchen appliances and food storage areas, a cockroach infestation can become a serious problem if you don’t get it under control.

    The cost for pest control (including cockroach) treatment and control depends on many factors, including the severity of the infestation, total area of your home or building, as well as type of treatments required. Cockroaches are one of the common pests included in our Pest Control plan, so you can tackle multiple pests at a lower cost than covering them all separately. Terminix always offers a free inspection to start. Get in touch to start the process.

    After an inspection, your Terminix professionals will design a personalized cockroach treatment plan with your needs in mind. We use a combination of treatments and make recommendations that will help eliminate cockroaches. We’ll follow that up with a cockroach prevention plan and schedule regular inspections to avoid re-infestation. Learn more about how Terminix treats cockroaches.

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    The Nix Pest Guarantee means you can relax knowing we’ll nix your pest problem, and keep it nixed. And if pests come back between treatments, so will we — at no additional cost to you.

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