Information You Need to Know About
Copyright 2012 Shawn Cole. All Rights Reserved. This
material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or
Cole Home Maintenance is an exterminator Located
in Palatine and serving towns in
Lake County, Cook County, Mc
Henry County, Du Page County, Kane County
$60.00 to spray up to a 2 bedroom apt for bed bugs
are Constantly Bringing in New Cockroaches
As apartment owners know, cockroaches can come into your building
with your tenants who may work in restaurants, warehouses, stores
that sell food, or even bring them in on their clothing after
visiting a fried in another build who has cockroaches. This
constant source of new cockroaches is why the cockroaches reappear
after removing them from your building. Owners know that it is
impossible to stop the tenants from dropping crumbs or leaving food
out on tables and dropping food on the floor.
Cockroaches can be carried into apartments in bags and boxes from
purchases from the stores. Corrugated cardboard boxes are a
particularly good source of infestations. They may contain egg
capsules where the female has laid her eggs. These will lay
unnoticed until the eggs hatch and new cockroaches appear.
Your tenants may not even tell you your building is infested.
Some tenants simply live with roaches. This is why you
must ask your tenants every month if they have seen a cockroach and
begin and/or continue to fight to rid your building of
Nobody can guarantee that one spraying will permanently rid your
building of cockroaches. If they do, look for another
exterminator who does not lie to you. If one tenant brings in
cockroaches in bags, clothing or works at a job where cockroaches
are common, if left alone, will spread to the other apartments.
Finding the tenant who may be a source of new infestation simply
means that their apartment gets sprayed every month to prevent an
infestation and spread to other apartments. A good tenant who
pays their rent on time and does no damage to the apartment is more
valuable than simply concentrating on their apartment every month to
keep it roach-free. After all, that new tenant you may get may
have the same type of job and it starts again.
Spraying and Prevention
It is not hopeless to rid your building of cockroaches.
It takes an aggressive approach to kill the cockroaches that are
currently in your building. After the current cockroaches
are removed, it is important to realize your job is not
finished! Tell your tenants to tell you if they see
cockroaches. Let them know you will take action and that you
will blame them for the roaches. After a new months, your
tenants will report any cockroaches and realize they do not have to
live with them.
Cockroaches leave chemical trails in their feces to attract other
cockroaches. Other cockroaches will follow these trails to
discover sources of food and water so it is important to discover
where cockroaches are hiding.
Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to
light. They hide during the day and become active at
night. The number of cockroaches people see is usually small
percentage of a much larger population.
A female cockroach carries an egg capsule containing about 40
eggs. Development from the eggs to adults takes 3 to 4
months. This is why an initial spraying does not completely
rid your building of cockroaches. More are hatching from eggs
after the adults are killed. Cockroaches live up to a
year. The females can produce 300 to 400 offspring over her
life-time. Left un-sprayed, a single female
cockroach can infest an entire building over time.
Cockroaches can live off the glue from a postage stamp or the
glue from a cardboard box. This is why cockroaches are among
the hardiest insects on the planet. This is also why it is
important to spray periodically so that they do not multiply.
You cannot depend on your tenants to keep food tightly
wrapped. The tenants simply will not do it. Over time,
your tenants will learn that they do not want to live with
cockroaches either. When they find out you will take
action, they will report any roaches that they see so you can
eliminate them before they multiply and spread.
It will get easier over
time. The building owner will find that he will not
have to spray as much. That means less expense to the owner
and a larger net profit. Owning a building is a
business. While no owner wants to have to spend money on
maintenance unless he has to, the investment of a clean,
cockroach-free building has benefits to the owner. Tenants do
not want to move. They want to stay. That means less
expense of finding a new tenant. They pay their rent on time
because they do not want to have to go live in another building that
is infested. The tenants keep their apartment cleaner.
That means less repairs for the owner.
Cockroaches feed on human and pet food. They can also
passively transport microbes on their body surfaces that are
potentially dangerous to humans including human pathogens, such as
Salmonella and E.coli, which can result in human diseases such as
food poisoning or diarrhea. Cockroaches have been shown
to be linked with allergic reactions in humans. These
allergens have also been found to be linked with asthma in children.
Yourself from Liability
Building owners must protect
themselves from liability! Tenants are
getting smarter and are realizing they do not have to live in a
cockroach-infested building. The last thing an owner wants is
to have a tenant refuse to pay rent until the apartment is
roach-free. Or, worse, call the health
department. Spraying for cockroaches in today's
society is no longer an option. Too many tenants are a
potential source of legal problems. Protect yourself from
liability. You would not refuse to have an insurance
liability policy so why put yourself in a position of potential
The last thing an owner wants is for health inspector to
violate him for an infraction of the health code.
Some building owners think that cockroach traps will do the
job. Wrong! After the building is sprayed and the
owner thinks it is cockroach-free, placing traps will alert the
owner if any remain or new cockroaches have been brought into
his building. Cockroach traps that you purchase from the store
will not prevent cockroaches from multiplying in
apartments. While they may be effective in a private
home, the only good use for them is to indicate tot the
building owner if cockroaches are still present in the building.
Sticky traps help capture cockroaches but generally do not capture
enough insects to be practical to help reduce a cockroach
problem. Remember, you are dealing with tenants. This is
not your private home where you can control an infestation and stop
a new one. The traps will alert the
building owner that the cockroach problem is starting up again so he
can take aggressive steps to stop it.