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What Can I Do To Get Rid of Cockroaches?

What Homeowners Can Do

Inspection: first, inspect the entire kitchen area, under sinks, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave oven, other cooking appliances, bathroom cabinets, draws, basement and sub-floor crawlspace (if any) for likely high activity and harborage areas. Look for cockroaches, alive or dead, their feces and egg sacs.

Identification: place “sticky” glue traps in any likely high activity areas. At night sneak into the kitchen, turn on the lights and observe any cockroach activity. Observe where they scurry to. Place your sticky traps near these areas to collect and identify the species and the source of infestation.

Food, shelter and water – we all need it, so do cockroaches. Make your home unfit for cockroaches, where possible, take away their food, water and restrict shelter and access points into the kitchen and they will almost certainly move somewhere else.

Starve them out – keep all food in sealed containers. Particularly at night, do not leave food scraps exposed in the kitchen or waste storage areas. Thoroughly clean all benches and food preparation areas, particularly between counters and appliances. Regularly vacuum accessible likely harborage and high activity areas, carpets, drapes, furniture, kitchen and bathroom cupboards in order to remove cockroach eggs and food deposits.

Cockroaches need water and will thrive in damp sub-floor crawl space areas, near leaking taps, etc. Ensure adequate drainage and ventilation. Regularly check and fix any plumbing problems, broken roof tiles, etc that may allow or cause moisture ingress to potential cockroach harborage areas. Wipe kitchen sink of moisture before retiring or going out at night. Turn off leaking taps.

Reduce shelter and access points: seal all cracks and crevices in bathroom, pantry and kitchen cupboards. Store all cardboard boxes and the like above ground level. Cockroaches do not like drafty exposed areas, or bright lights. A good reason why some restaurants keep lights on at night around their dumpster waste bins.


A thorough inspection is key to a successful cockroach management plan. It helps to determine the best treatment method. The purpose of an inspection is not only to sight cockroach life stages, but also to locate the source of the infestation whether associated with sewer areas, wall voids, or any moist, warm and dark places in a building.

How much does it cost?

Onsite appraisal is needed to determine the exact cost. The treatment cost depends on size of the house, ease of access to various parts of the building. Commercial premises need to be appraised on a specific basis.

Since they can hide in so many places, they are not easy to eradicate. Unless you have a lot of time at your disposal, and limitless patience, it is advisable to get a professional in pest control. Experts know where to look for them, as well as how to get rid of them.


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Cockroach Inspection

There are four kinds of cockroaches that can infest homes in Minnesota, including German cockroach, brownbanded cockroach, American cockroach, and Oriental cockroach. These four species can be major pests in restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices and buildings with food-handling areas. A fifth kind, the Pennsylvania wood cockroach, may enter buildings accidentally but become only a temporary nuisance.

Cockroaches are one of the most commonly encountered household pests. Homeowners  can learn about ways to eliminate these insects and the conditions that encourage their infestation.

Cockroaches have a broad, flattened body and a relatively small head that covers their mandibles and other mouthparts. They have six legs, large ocelli (simple eyes), and a pair of long, flexible antennae. Although winged, they are not adept fliers. The best-known varieties are the American cockroach (1.2 inches long), the German and Asian cockroaches (0.59 inches long), the Oriental cockroach (0.98 inches long), and the brown-banded cockroach (0.55 inches long).

Cockroach Identification

Facts About Cockroaches

  • The world’s heaviest cockroach is the Australian giant burrowing cockroach, which can weigh more than 30 grams and reach 3½ inches in length.
  • While cockroaches could withstand six to 15 times as much radiation exposure as humans, the popular belief that they will “inherit the Earth” in the wake of nuclear war is largely undeserved; other insects, such as fruit flies, have even better resistance against radiation than cockroaches.
  • While it has been known for some time that cockroaches and termites are related, it wasn’t until 2007 that it was proven that termites are a kind of “social cockroach,” having actually evolved from cockroaches. Similarities include specialized casings that enclose their eggs, perforations in the internal parts of their heads, and similarities among their young. There are significant differences between these pests, however; termites pose a greater danger to wood, and they form huge, complex societies, while cockroaches are solitary, generalized insects with few special adaptations.
  • Some species of cockroaches can survive for months without food and subsist on nothing but the glue on the back of a postage stamp, and even their own feces. Experiments have revealed that they can go without air for 45 minutes and recover after being submerged under water for half an hour.
  • Cockroaches are prolific breeders and can produce several thousand offspring in a year, once they become established in a home. They are normally introduced on clothing, shopping bags and furniture, and they can also simply wander in from the outdoors.

Cockroaches are known to spread diseases such as salmonella, food poisoning and dysentery, primarily through contact with their feces and defensive secretions. They also transport dangerous microbes, a particular problem in hospitals. Their skin, which is discarded through periodic molting, can become airborne and trigger severe asthmatic reactions in prone individuals. Incredibly, cockroaches have even been found to be second only to house dust as the worst allergen affecting people. Besides these physical ailments, cockroaches emit an unpleasant odor during swarming and mating, and they can keep a building’s occupants awake at night with their incessant hissing and, in the case of some cockroach species, chirping.

Tips For Minnesota Homeowners:

  • Place boric acid in areas of cockroach activity. Boric acid can maintain an infestation once under control, but pyrethrin should be used first and the whole structure bug-bombed.
  • Pyrethrin should be used first, and after the population is under control place boric acid wherever needed.
  • Place bait stations containing hydramethylnon or fipronil in areas of termite activity. At night, homeowners can sneak into the kitchen and turn on the lights. If cockroaches scurry for cover, observe where they run and position traps accordingly.
  • Keep all food in sealed containers, use trashcans that have tight-fitting lids, and do not leave pet food out overnight.
  • Clean the kitchen regularly, and wipe moisture from the kitchen sink before going to bed at night.
  • Vacuum frequently.
  • Repair dripping taps and leaky pipes, broken roof tiles, and any other condition that might allow moisture to enter areas where cockroaches can establish harborage.
  • Seal off all entry points into the house, such as cracks around baseboards, pipes, windows, cabinets, doors and crevices in bathrooms with copper mesh or steel wool and caulk or putty.
  • Keep lights on at night. Although it will consume additional electricity, cockroaches will avoid lit areas. For the same reason, restaurant owners sometimes leave lights on around dumpsters.
  • If cockroach infestation persists, contact a qualified exterminator.

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Cockroaches in Minnesota

Roaches, Part III – Types of Cockroaches in Minnesota

There are four (4) main types of Cockroaches that infest homes and buildings in Minnesota.  They are: the German Cockroach, the American Cockroach, the brownbanded Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach.  Below please find descriptions for two of these types.

The brownbanded Cockroach is found in homes or other buildings.  As an adult these pests will reach about ½ inch long.  The males and females appear different, with the male having a long slender body, while the female has a pear shaped body.  The male’s wings extend past the end of the body and the female’s wings are shorter than its body.  All brownbanded Cockroaches have yellow bands which run horizontally to their bodies.

Additionally, the Oriental Cockroach can be found in homes and other buildings in Minnesota.  This pest is dark brown to black and is approximately 1 to 1 ¼ inches long.  Both males and females will have shorter wings than their bodies.  It is said to carry a strong odor and will usually be found near a water source, in a garbage pile, in a damp basement or near a water pipe.

Correct identification of Roaches is instrumental in the treatment of these pests.  Different treatments are used to eradicate different species.  It is important to have a professional diagnose your problem in order to treat for these pests accordingly.

At Eco Tech, we are committed to our earth-friendly organic line of pest treatments.  Call us today for a free consultation.  We can diagnose the type of Roach or other pest you may have and begin treatment immediately.  We also offer 24/7 emergency service throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area.  Give us a call today! 

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Cockroaches in Minnesota

Roaches, Part II – Types of Cockroaches in Minnesota

There are four (4) main types of Cockroaches that infest homes and buildings Minnesota.  They are: the German Cockroach, the American Cockroach, the brownbanded Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach.  Below are brief descriptions of two of these types.

The most common type of indoor Cockroach species in Minnesota is the German Cockroach.  The German Cockroach is about ½ inch long and brown or tan.  It has long antennae and two very dark vertical lines on its head.  The life span of a German Cockroach is approximately 6 ½ months.  This type of Roach has the highest reproductive rate of all Minnesota species.

The American Cockroach is usually found in the basements of restaurants and grocery stores.  The adult American Cockroach is approximately 1 ½ to 2 inches long and is reddish brown with long wings which span its body and long antennae.  The average life span of the American Cockroach is usually about 14 months.

Call Eco Tech today for a free consultation if you suspect a Roach infestation.  Our green approach to pest control through our line of earth-friendly organic products is the best solution for your pest control needs.  We have more than 15 years’ experience in identifying and treating Roach infestations.  Call today for a free consultation!

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Cockroaches in Minnesota

Roaches, Part I – Harm Caused by Roaches to Humans

From the diseases they carry and spread, to the difficulty in ridding your home or business of them, to the just plain “icky” factor upon seeing one, Roaches are among the most hated of pests.

Chances are that if you have seen one Roach, you have an infestation which should be handled immediately.  Cockroaches are known to carry E. coli, which can result in severe diarrhea, severe anemia, urinary tract infections or even kidney failure.  They are also known to carry Salmonella, which can lead to food poisoning, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever and nausea and/or vomiting.  Cockroaches may also sometimes carry such diseases as staphylococcus, streptococcus and even the polio virus.  Additionally, if you have a Cockroach infestation, the byproducts of the Roaches, such as Roach saliva, feces and skin are known sources of allergens.  These byproducts can also irritate asthma for asthma sufferers.

In addition to spreading disease by sampling food and travelling on flatware in a kitchen or over a countertop where food is served from, Cockroaches will eat almost anything.  They will feed on and live in furniture, book bindings, glue, electrical wiring, grease from a grease trap, newspaper, pet food, soap and even clothing.  Quite simply, a Cockroach will destroy anything in its path.

If you suspect you have Roach infestation, call the friendly experts at Eco Tech today for a free consultation.  Our green approach to pest control through our line of earth-friendly organic products is the best solution for your family’s pest control needs.  We have more than 15 years’ experience in eradicating Roach infestations.  Call today for a free consultation!

(763) 785.1414; (612) 237.8282; (952) 881.6662; (651) 633.8600

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