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Brown Banded Cockroach – What You Need to Know About Them

The Brown-banded cockroach is also known as Supella Longipalpa. This Cockroach can be found anywhere in Canada including Ontario. They are one of the smallest but most invasive cockroaches in Canada. The adult brown-banded cockroach may reach up to 14.5 mm in length. They receive their names from the light brown to tan transverse bands that are normally present on their wings.

How did they invade my house?

These particular species of cockroaches need a warm temperature to survive. Due to this, they will enter your house looking for shelter. However, the most common way these insects get into your house is when infested products, grocery items, infested furniture, and electronics are brought into the house. If your kitchen or living area has perfect access to food, these invasive roaches will take up residence.

The brown-banded cockroach will feed on almost anything from pantry goods, trash, nylon stockings, wallpaper, and drapes. Brown-banded infestation can pose some health risks. In Canada, they have been known to carry bacteria and protozoa that are known to cause gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Roaches living indoors have been known to trigger asthma and allergies. These species of roaches will also transfer disease organisms that are known to cause food poisoning and dysentery by contaminating cooking utensils, food, and kitchen surfaces.

Australian Cockroach

They are also known as Periplaneta australasiae and can be found all over Canada. They have a reddish brown to dark brown colour with yellow markings on the top of their heads and the front edge of each wing. These cockroaches are slightly smaller than the American cockroaches. Their wings are about one¼ and 1 ½ inch long. They are commonly known as shad cockroaches. Their wings extend over their abdomen.

How did Australian Cockroaches invade my home?

Homeowners have the potential of getting these cockroaches wherever there is warmth, moisture, and food. Heated buildings that have plenty of humidity also attract them, and this mostly happens during the cold season. Australian cockroaches will get into your home through open windows and small crack holes.

Australian cockroaches will contaminate starchy pantry goods and feed on garden and house plants. These roaches are a source of allergens and have a high breeding rate. To know if you have an infestation, you only need to notice the adult, nymph or egg cases. If you spot any of these signs contact your local exterminator and have your home inspected for Australian cockroaches.

Prevention Tips

Cockroaches just like any other pests are easier to prevent than getting rid of. Preventing roaches from attacking and infesting your home will almost always come down to proper sanitation. Your clean home and business can become infested if small sanitation steps are ignored. When it comes to cockroach control, sanitation means much more than simply sweeping your floor or washing your dishes.

Eliminate food sources

Cockroaches are amazing scavengers. In the urban environments of Canada, cockroaches will rely heavily on the food that is left behind by humans. Just like us their diet mainly consists of protein, sugar, and carbohydrates. The best possible way to prevent roaches is by removing any potential food sources that are lying around your home or business.

Cleaning the house

Just like any other pest, a clean house will reduce the chances of an invasion. Ensuring that your work surfaces are clear of food and debris as well as clearing waste and spillage will help prevent cockroaches. Cockroaches are more active during at night, removing pet drink and litter will go a long way to preventing an infestation. Removing clutter from your home also reduces places where cockroaches can hide. This will help make your home or business less appealing for cockroaches to take up residence.

Apart from taking the necessary cockroach preventive methods, the best way to get rid of cockroaches is by contacting a professional cockroach exterminator Toronto. They will be able to inspect, offer expert advice, service and solutions.

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Joe The Exterminator
Joe The Exterminator

Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.