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Usual Suspects – Roaches in Canada

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Truly Nolen is issuing an all points bulletin for these common cockroaches found in Canada:

  • Oriental cockroach
  • German cockroach
  • American cockroach
  • Brown-banded cockroach
  • Smokybrown cockroach

All residents should be on the lookout for Canada’s most (un)wanted pests. These medium to large size insects can range in size from 13 to 38 mm in length and are anywhere from light to dark brown in colour. Some types have wings however most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying and prefer to glide.

They are known to be undesirable creatures and can spread various diseases. Cockroaches have become widespread fugitives because they can thrive on very little. Roaches typically prefer warm, damp areas near food and water and usually develop in places like garages, sewers, basements, and storerooms and are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms.

They can flatten their bodies to shimmy into very narrow areas and are regularly guilty of entering your home through gaps beneath siding, openings in the door threshold, even following utility lines, pipes, open drains, or sewers into your home. Some of their usual hideouts include under stoves, refrigerators, cabinets, beneath rubber mats, and within wall cracks and crevices. Your home provides plenty of warmth, food, and water to these unwanted guests, providing them an ideal breeding ground all year round.

Prevention Tips

  • Repair plumbing leaks especially in kitchen and bathroom areas.
  • Store and dispose of garbage properly.
  • Keep clutter such as newspapers, bags, and clothing from accumulating.
  • Vacuuming will eliminate cockroach skins and feces that cause cockroach allergies.
  • Cockroach feces also contain a chemical that attracts other cockroaches to an area so scrubbing the area with hot, soapy water will decrease the chances of new members joining the roach gang.

Different species of cockroaches respond to different extermination tactics, and a tactic used for one species will not be effective on another. This means that for a successful elimination you need your Truly Nolen Canada specialist for proper identification of the cockroach, which can be difficult to the untrained eye.

These roaches are wanted dead (not alive). Call your Truly Nolen Canada pest professional today to put these bad guys away… for good.

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Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis has been in the wildlife and pest control industry for more than 18 years. He has served on the Board of Environment Hamilton and as a Natural Environment Advisor for the Region of Niagara’s Water Quality Protection Strategy. He was a recipient of the Dr. Victor Cecilioni “Environmentalist of the Year Award” in 2001 and the “National Wildlife Technician of the Year” Award in 2001/2002. He is also a member of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club and the Ontario Field Ornithologists. Corey has a diploma in Fish & Wildlife Technology.

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