Cockroach Control

Preventing and Controlling Cockroaches

There are approximately 4000 species of cockroaches worldwide. Some biologists consider cockroaches to be one of the most adaptive and successful insect groups on the planet. Most cockroaches are only active at night and prefer a moist environment. Cockroaches are scavengers and will feed on a wide variety of foods. Cockroaches are not social insects and spend up to 75% of their time at rest hiding in protected areas which makes low-level infestation difficult to detect.

The most common species of cockroaches in North America that restaurant owners and property managers should be most on the lookout for are the German cockroach, American cockroach, brown-banded cockroach, oriental cockroach, smoky-brown cockroach, and the Australian cockroach.

The best warning sign of a cockroach infestation is to see one, but it's not easy since they're nocturnal. Large infestations may be visible during the day in clusters. Cockroaches are usually near food or water, so damp spaces are the most popular spots.

Wherever they are, people tend to cringe, and for good reason. In addition to their connection to filth, cockroaches carry diseases, including salmonella, and cause an allergic reaction in people with asthma and related allergies.

Cockroach droppings can trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children. They are also capable of transmitting disease and spreading bacteria.

It's important to pay attention to signs of an infestation and act if cockroaches are found. Contact a licensed pest control professional to identify the type of cockroach.

  1. Common Species of Cockroaches
  2. Prevention

Your Custom Program

Keeping cockroaches out of your home or building is not a one-time treatment but an ongoing process. Abell Pest Control will provide a custom program tailored to your particular infestation.

Our approach:


Our technicians will thoroughly inspect your property to determine which species are present and where they are located. Remember that most cockroaches are tropical and like warm, dark hiding places with access to water. Some of these locations may be difficult to access, especially in an apartment building.

Our technicians will

  1. Look for hiding places
  2. Provide a treatment, prevention, and control strategy
  3. Follow-Up – Our technicians will evaluate the effectiveness of the methods used with regular monitoring

Your Abell Technician has the experience and training required for successful extermination.

The most common species is the German cockroach. Other common species of cockroaches found in North America include; the Brown-banded cockroach, American cockroach, smoky-brown cockroach, Australian cockroach, and Oriental cockroach.

If you suspect a cockroach infestation, contact a licensed pest professional who can identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.

Abell recommends the following steps to thwart a cockroach infestation.

  1. Vacuum and sweep up any crumbs you notice on the floor or counters.
  2. Inspect incoming goods such coming into facilities and homes.
  3. Inspect food deliveries before putting them in kitchens.
  4. Eliminate cracks and crevices larger than 3/16 inches to reduce potential harborage areas for cockroaches to hide. Utilize caulk to seal gaps.

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