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Cole Home Maintenance is an
exterminator Located in
Palatine and serving towns in
County, Cook County, Mc Henry County, Du Page County, Kane
$60.00 to spray up to a 2 bedroom apt for bed bugs
Maintenance will treat a 6-flat apartment building for
low as $100, $150 for deluxe (longer lasting
Cockroaches will invade any structure that has food
stored food. They will contaminate food, destroy fabric and
products and leaved stains and odors to any surface they
Cockroaches can spread Salmonella which causes food poisoning.
The German cockroach is the most common cockroach found in
and homes in the northern Illinois area. They are 1/2 inch
light brown with two dark stripes. These pests are mostly
in the kitchen, bathrooms and any areas of food preparation and
where food is stored.
Cockroaches hide in crevices and dark places during the day.
Around midnight or when your tenants go to bed and turn out the
the cockroaches come out from their hiding places to feast on food
drink water. If you, as the owner of the apartment building
there at night and turned on the lights, you would see the
scattering everywhere to get out of the light and back into their
hiding places. The problem is that you are not there at night
it seems your tenants live with them, sometimes not even bothering
tell you there are cockroaches everywhere until the infestation is
huge, you are shocked at what you find.
German cockroaches can run so fast, they can cover 50 times
body length in 1 second. That is comparable to a human running
180 miles per hour.
A cockroach can go for long periods of time without food.
Cockroaches with their heads cut off, will have their body survive
weeks until it finally dies from dehydration.
Cockroaches repeatedly regurgitate (throw up some food) when
feeding. These secretions will contaminate stored foods.
Cockroaches often produce an objectionable odor which is a
of their feces and saliva and regurgitated food.
Scientists say if the world were destroyed by a neuclar attack,
cockroaches will be the last living things on the planet. The
reason for that is because radiation can only damage the cell
when the cell is reproducing. In humans and mammals, the cells
are constantly dividing and thus constantly absorbing any
radiation. In a cockroach, the cells only divide when the
cockroach is molting and thus receives very little radiation
to other living animals and insects. They will survive
while the rest of us will perish.
Cockroaches Are a
Cockroaches are not only a nuisance pest because most emit a
odor if large quantities of them are in an apartment building.
But they also degrade the apartment environment.
recognized as a health hazard that has been associated with higher
risks of asthma symptoms. Cockroaches may carry
bacteria and fungi that can contaminate food. Studies have
cockroaches to be carriers of Salmonella, a
bacteria, food poisoning that can be life-threatening. They
carry bacteria such as Staphylococcus, streptococcus and other
pathogens such as E.coli. The reason is because cockroaches
on contaminated food and the disease bacteria can remain in the
cockroaches' digestive system for a month or more. As
cockroach walks over dishes, counters and tables, it leaves feces
saliva on those surfaces which contaminate the food preparation and
Asthma affects approximately 15 million people in the United States,
nearly 5% of the total population. This results in more than 5,000
deaths. These health problems have been documented to be
associated with indoor cockroaches, especially in children.
Cockroaches leave behind old shells, saliva, body parts, body part
dust, and their droppings which all contribute toward health
hazards. Bacteria on the bodies of roaches can cause vomiting,
sneezing, diarrhea, and redden skin.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
that one-in-five children in the United states have severe
to cockroach allergens, which increase the severitysevedrity of
Cole Home Maintenance believes that more needs to be done than
killing the adult cockroaches that are currently in the apartment
building. It is important to also put down cockroach
methods that will continue to kill cockroaches over a longer period
time in order to kill the new cockroaches that are hatching from the
Some exterminators simply kill the cockroaches that are there at the
time in order to keep coming back, and coming back. This is
my policy. While it is true that one spraying will kill the
cockroaches that are there at
time, it is my policy to also apply longer-term
chemicals that will continue to kill the cockroaches as they hatch
If you contact an exterminator and he tells you that one spraying
solve your problems forever,
No honest exterminator can make that promise.
Also be skeptical of any exterminator who wants to lock you into a
year's contract. You may find yourself paying for spraying
month even when the cockroaches are no longer there. Some
exterminators actually persuade building owners that spraying every
month under a year's contract is necessary. It is not.
How many times you need to have cockroaches sprayed depends on how
cockroaches and eggs you have in the building. Cole recommends
spraying the building apartments, including the laundry room
know that Cole also applies a longer-acting treatment at the same
to kill the cockroaches that will hatch later from the eggs that are
already in your building. Those un-hatched eggs are a major
source of re-infestation. Wait two months to allow these
treatments to do their job. Any cockroaches that are hiding in
closets and on the shelves near food will leave their dark,
protected areas and seek food in the kitchen where they will
the spray and long-term bait.
Since cockroaches tend to gather together in favorable spots in the
apartment, cockroaches that encounter the baits will bring that bait
back to other cockroaches. Then see if you find if the
infestation is gone. Depending on the amount of infestation or
re-infestation from your tenants, you may find that is all you
need. Remember German cockroaches, common in this area, can
up to 42 days without food or water.
Cole Home Haintenance realized that most tenants are not home during
the day and need to have their apartments sprayed in the evening or
weekends. There is no extra charge to any services during these
In fact, Cole will do repairs in your building in the evenings and
weekends to make it convenient for you and your tenants.
Training are Required to Spray for Cockroaches
Exterminators (also known as pest control management professionals)
must be licensed by the State of Illinois. In order to obtain
this license, the licensee goes through extensive
It is a violation of law for any person to spray for cockroaches and
other pests in another person's building without having the proper
license and certification from the State.
Cockroaches are found in restaurants and warehouses that contain
and food stores. Your tenants can bring them home with the
groceries and from where they work. A roach can go undetected
it lives in the seams of cardboard boxes you bring home from the
stores. They especially like the corrugated types that hold
fruits and vegetables. Even if you examine boxes and packaging
for live cockroaches, most of the time you won't see the small,
hatched German cockroaches or the eggs of a brown banded cockroach
which have been glued to the crevices of the cardboard.
Many people buy used furniture. Some tenants, believe it or
actually pick up furniture left as trash by people moving from
one apartment or house to another. Other people may find
cockroaches and eggs on furniture bought at a garage sale or from
friends who have extra furniture when they are moving who have
cockroaches in their apartments.
Cockroaches can also hitchhike on the clothing of guests who have
cockroaches in their apartment who come to visit your tenants.
They can be on the coats and clothing of your co-workers at work and
crawl onto your coat or crawl into your handbag or
briefcase. If another tenant in the building has a
cockroach problem that is not taken care of quickly, these
will spread throughout the entire building, invading the other
Cockroaches can enter an apartment when they find an opening as thin
a dime when young or as thick as a quarter when adult. They
move from one apartment to another inside the wall, crawling on
pipes and electrical wiring or under the doors to the hall.
Cockroaches concentrations are found in the kitchen drawers, under
refrigerators, under sinks and behind baseboards on the lower parts
walls and behind, in and under kitchen cabinets. They will
in wall switches, lamps, furniture clothes closets, behind
wallpaper, inside hollow doors and under the refrigerator.
like dark, damp areas that are close to a water source and
A single cockroach can live for an entire year off the glue on a
postage stamp. Cockroaches are not fussy about what they
eat. In fact, they will eat everything that you do and some
things you would not. For instance, cockroaches will eat dog
poop, rotten food, soap, paper, clothes, cigarette butts, your
favorite book, wood, human hair, nail clippings, leather, fabric and
even the glue on the back of your wallpaper or photo
They will eat any type of organic food source they find.
The kitchen is the favorite place for cockroaches to live. If
make a sandwich and don't wipe the counter of the crumbs, this will
become a feast for a cockroach. If you put your dirty dishes
the sink and don't wash them right away and instead go to bed, when
turn off your lights, the cockroaches come out from their hiding
and feast on the left-over food.
Once the cockroaches find a source of food, they eat and leave a
chemical trail from their bodies and feces as they walk all over
counters, floors, and tables. This will help more cockroaches
find that source of food the next evening. That chemical trail
attracts other cockroaches from other apartments to invade
Some of Your Tenants Live With Cockroaches and Don't Care
Some of your tenants don't even both to complain to you so you don't
know your building is infested until you are at your building and
them crawling in your laundry room and search some of the
apartments. Getting rid of cockroaches in an apartment
is particularly difficult because as an owner of the building, you
very little control over your tenants. Tenants leave out
food. They don't always wash their floors. Their
drop cookie crumbs and other food all over the apartment.
You get your building clean and exterminate all the cockroaches and
then a few months later you inspect your building only to find that
is infested again. You begin to understand that getting rid
of cockroaches is a battle that is not cocquered for several
Care -- Some of your tenants simply don't seem to
that cockroaches are crawling all over their cabinets and
Cockroaches -- Your tenants invite their
friends over who have cockroaches in their apartments and
cockroaches in your apartment on their clothes.
Work -- Some of your tenants work in
warehouses, food stores and restaurants where cockroaches are
in with the food deliveries, crawl onto your tenant's clothing
they bring in cockroaches to your apartment building when they
from their jobs.
While you can't dictate where your tenants work or that they
bring friends over to visit that bring cockroaches with them
their clothes, you can try to talk to your tenants about keeping the
apartment building clean after you get rid of the current
infestation. From experience, I can tell you that trying to
your tenants keep their apartments clean, wipe up food spills, don't
leave food out, and ask them to put food in sealed containers is
probably a losing propositoin. This strategy only works with
people who personally dislike cockroaches and absolutely do not want
live with them. Unfortunately, many of the tenants in this
only care about cockroaches when the infestation is so bad, even
cannot stand it.
The only strategy for these people is to hire Cole Home
Maintenance (a licensed pest control technician) to exterminate all
cockroaches in the building. Every month when you collect your
rent, ask each tenant if they see any more cockroaches. Don't
depend on them to call you. They probably won't.
your tenants if they see the adults or are starting to see
the small juveniles. The sight of small juveniles means that
pest control techniques are working. The small cockroaches are the
hatching from eggs that were laid.
Tenants to Dislike Cockroaches
Even tenants that are used to living with cockroaches will
like living in a clean, roach-free apartment when you, as the owner,
ask them every month if they see any more cockroaches. If one
your tenants say they still have roaches, that means that the
cockroach eggs are hatching or that they or another apartment
tenant has brought roaches into the building. Even though an
exterminator can rid your apartments of all the nymphs and adult
cockroaches, the eggs will be waiting to hatch for a few months.
When your tenants know that you will take action to have an
exterminator re-spray the apartment, the tenants will start
you when you need to take action before the problem is huge.
Remember that many of your tenants don't complain about cockroaches
because they lived in another apartment building where they did not
building owner who cared about eliminating
Asking your tenants shows you care.
A side benefit of taking action because you care about cockroaches,
that your tenants may start to tell you about water leaks, broken
fixtures etc., before there is a major problem. Remember in
Palatine and surrounding towns, water is expensived. One leaky
toilet in the building can make a huge difference when you get your
On a personal note, I have
that once tenants know you will eliminate cockroaches in their
apartment and not blame them, they also have a tendency to keep
front and back doors closed in winter, report leaky toilets, leaky
faucets and actually do less damage to the apartment. The
realize you care about their well being and they slowly start to
respond to help you keep your property in good condition.
Everybody wants to live in nice conditions. They realize
they do not want to move away to another building where a
owner allows cockroaches. They begin to want to re-new their
If you don't enlist your tenants to help you at eliminating the
cockroaches, the problem will never go away. You will probably
find that the tenants start keeping their apartments cleaner because
they start to realize that they don't have to live with
cockroaches. If they see some, you will take action.
Water Pipes and Clogged Drains
Even if you cannot persuade your tenants to keep food cleaned up and
used as a source of cockroach food as well as they should,
must have water in order to live. This means repairing leaking
pipes that will attract cockroaches to find water. This is why
cockroaches live in kitchens and bathrooms where water is
available. Unless your tenants eat in the bedrooms, they
are not in those rooms. Clogged kitchen drains, leaky
drain pipes under the sink attract any cockroaches in the
apartment. You can call Cole Maintenance when you have these
problems. Cole does not spray your apartment for cockroaches
then forget about you. When you hire Cole, you have one phone
number to call for maintaining your apartment building --
it is cockroaches, leaky waer pipes, clogged pipes, problem doors,
installation of fans, repair of electrical outlets -- the list goes
Check the laundry room for sources of water leaks that attract
cockroaches. Make sure that all your drains do not have
standing water. Drainage pipes should be rodded to eliminate
only cockroaches, but cleaned before the tenants in several
tell you their water does not drain. In other words, by making
the environment unattractive to cockroaches, you also have less
calls from your tenants. (Have you noticed these calls always
seem to happon on a Saturday night or just before a major Holiday?)
Cockroaches in this Area
There are approximately 3,000 species of cockroaches in the world
about 50 occur in the United States. Of these, the most common
this area of northern Illinois is the German cockroach and the brown
The German cockroach is 1/2 inch to
inch long, tan to light brown and has two dark brown stripes on
body region just behind the head. The females will produce
to eight egg capsules during their lifetime with each capsule
containing approximately 40 eggs. The egg capsule is
the female for 28 to 30 days. She then deposits the eggs
hours of hatching. The eggs hatch from the combined pressure
the hatchlings gulping air. The hatchlings are initially
white nymphs and continue inflating themselves with air, becoming
harder and darker within about four (4) hours. Because of
white stage while hatching and later while molting, some people
claimed the existence of albino cockroaches.
The development from eggs to adults takes 3 to 4 months.
cockroaches live up to a year. Mathematically, this means
one female can produce 320 offspring over her lifetime.
females live about 200 days.
German cockroaches are the most common indoor cockroach species in
northern Illinois. These cockroaches like warm, humid rooms
are between 70 to 75 degrees F. These cockroaches are
found in kitchens and bathrooms where they are near the
pipes. They live in groups rather than a solitary
The brown banded cockroach is 1/2
long, light brown and has two ligher colored bands running across
body. These bands are located at the base of the wings and
abdomen. The bands are much darker during the immature
stages. The brown banded female carries the egg capsule for
48 hours before gluing it to the furniture, cabinets, or inside
applicances, The capsule contains approximately 18 eggs that
hatch in 50 to 74 days. The young reach maturity in about
days. The nymph has two pale bands which run horizontally
its body. An adult female produces about 18 capsules over a
life-span of 10 months. This means that one female can
An adult male is golden brown and has a narrow body with its wings
extending beyond the tip of its abdomen. The female adult is
brown and has a tear drop-shaped body and its wings do not
cover the abdomen. Both sexes have distinctive horizontal
The brown banded cockroach can survive on less moisture than a
cockroach. The brown banded cockroach can be found on the
underside of chairs, and tables, upper kitchen cabinets or upper
shelves of closets and pantries. The brown banded cockroach
infests electrical applicances such as radios, televisions,
and computers. They usually do not cluster as noticeably
Sanitation is very important to eliminate cockroaches.
building owners need to educate their tenants about some things that
they can do to eliminate a cockroach infestation:
- Do not allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink and
- Keep food scraps in the refrigerator or in containers with
- If pets are in the apartment, keep the pet food in tightly
- Do not allow pet food to remain in the bowl overnight
- Remove garbage from the home on a routine basis
- Check and clean under the refrigerator
- Remove all grease from the oven and the top of the stove
- Clean the sides of the stove and the area beween the stove
the cabinets where grease accumulates
I hope that some of the mystery of how cockroaches invaded your
building. Remember that every owner of an apartment building
had to deal with this problem at one time or another. You are not
alone. It is actually a common problem of doing
business. Please feel free to call Cole Home Maintenance when
your building has a cockroach problem.
Some important points to remember:
-- All exterminators (pest control
should be licensed by the State and insured
-- It is unlawful for a person without
license to spray another person's building.
unlicensed people can only go to the hardware store and buy
over-the-counter bug sprays. Licensed pest control
have access to better chemicals that are specific to the pests
have. The spray that works for cockroaches is not the
chemical that kills bed bugs.
-- we all go through the same training and testing
requriements to obtain the same license
-- The State of Illinois requires all exterminators to
insurance but all may not do.
Approach -- Be aware of an exterminator who
wants to use a
holostic (green) approach of only spraying outside your
to prevent the cockroaches from entering. This is not
where roaches are crawling all over the ground outside that
through windows, doors, and cracks on their own. Florida
houses/buildings where exterminators actually "bag" a building
plastic once a year and fumigate (gas) the bugs down
This is northern Illinois where people carry the roaches into
of the "show" -- Some exterminators put
"show" of how bad your cockroach problem is, even when it is
They may even "discover" you have a problem even though they
personally seen any cockroaches. (I actually ran
of these exterminators when doing a comparative analysis to
find out my
competitor's sales technique. I knew I did not have any
cockroaches but one exterminator company (name withheld) told
me that I
should hire him to spray every month on a long-term
to sprays and pesticides -- All exterminators
the same access to the pesticides, baits and sprays that are
available to a person who does not have a license. Just
one exterminator company around here rides around with
on the side of their small compact pick-up trucks, does
that their access to "special" pesticides is any different
other person who has a Pest Control License from
Pesticides -- Some chain brand companies
technicians who only put small amounts of pesticides in your
building. I don't know if it is save costs or the
planning to use the rest of your spray for
"side-jobs". Either way, some name brand companies
seem to use much volume (product) and preventative pesticides
Advertising -- Personally, I would
think a building owner would prefer not to have a little
pick-up truck parked in front of your building with big
your neighbors that you have bugs.
Cole Home Maintenance's objective is to keep your building clean
and free of cockroaches, not to set you up to call me again and
630-306-7925 cell 24-7