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Information You Need to Know About Cockroaches

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Tenants 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 roaches. 

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.

Initial 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.

Important Information About Cockroaches

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 Spread Disease

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.

Protect 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 problems?      

The last thing an owner wants is for health  inspector to violate him for an infraction of the health code. 

Cockroach Traps

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.