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Cockroach

Cockroaches are among the most unwanted pests. They have a reputation for living in unclean homes, but these insects will actually stay anywhere with food and shelter. Since they spread a number of diseases, it’s best to respond quickly to cockroach issues.
Cockroaches are among the most unwanted pests. They have a reputation for living in unclean homes, but these insects will actually stay anywhere with food and shelter. Since they spread a number of diseases, it’s best to respond quickly to cockroach issues.

Biology & Behavior

Cockroaches are oval, flattened, fast moving insects. They have long, hair like antenna and a broad, saddlelike plate called a pronotum that covers the head. Adult stages of most species have wings, with the front pair of wings being thick and leathery. Cockroaches go through gradual metamorphosis in three stages consisting of egg, nymph, and adult. The eggs are laid in bean like egg capsules called ootheca, which may contain several dozen eggs. These egg capsules are often dropped around food sources or secured to surfaces. Some cockroaches carry the ootheca during its development.​The immature stages are called nymphs. Several nymphal stages occur, each separated by a molt. The nymphs generally appear similar to the adult stage, but they lack wings and are smaller. Typically it requires 2 to 3 months to complete a life cycle.​Cockroaches are among the oldest insects known, with fossils dating back 200 million years. As a group, the cockroaches have shown exceptional ability to adapt to and survive in a wide range of environments. Most cockroaches can develop on a wide range of food and their flattened body form allows them to move into most areas. Cockroaches have also developed a resistance to many commonly used insecticides.​Cockroaches can enter buildings and containers of all kinds. They also may enter around loose fitting doors, windows, and through utility lines, and they may travel through sewers. Once within a home, cockroaches tend to prefer warm, dark, moist shelters and are often found near kitchens and food handling areas. Since cockroaches are nocturnal they are rarely seen during the day.​Aside from their reputation as a household nuisance, they may soil areas with their salivary secretions and excrement, leaving an unpleasant odor. Cockroaches and cockroach parts also produce allergic reactions in some humans. Cockroaches have not been found to be direct carriers of human disease. However, their feeding on filth or disease organisms is why they often contaminate food and utensils. They are suspected of helping to spread diseases such as dysentery, diarrhea, and food poisoning.​Most cockroaches are tropical or subtropical in origin and possess generally harmless habits. A few have developed into serious pests, including several species of cockroaches that have been introduced into Utah. The habits of common cockroaches are as follows.

Tracks

Unusual smell – An established cockroach infestation produces a lingering and unpleasant odour that taints items they contact. Cockroach droppings – If little water is available cockroaches will produce brown/black cylindrical droppings, approx. 2mm long.

Damage

Once a cockroach infestation has been established, you’ll begin to notice roach droppings throughout the home (especially under sinks and inside the pantry). These droppings resemble black pepper or coffee grounds. You’ll also find the occasional dead cockroach or cockroach body part strewn about. Although these occurrences won’t damage the home, they will be blights on the property that you’ll have to clean up. If you ever want to resell your home, you’ll need to remove all signs of previous cockroach infestations.

Another common problem: smell. A home with a cockroach infestation will develop an oily smell that is considered quite pungent. Even after a cockroach infestation has been eliminated, it takes some time for the smell to dissipate.

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Commonly ASKED QUESTIONS?

What do you do with trapped animals?

That answer depends on the state in which you live. Each state has their own laws that dictate what we must do when it comes to controlling wildlife on your property. In some states, we can trap, transfer and release the animals. In some states we can trap the animals, but we can only release them back onto your own property. If you don’t want the animal released on your property, it must be humanely euthanized. Sometimes we don’t even need to trap the animal and a simple exclusion device (one-way door) can be installed to allow the animal to exit your home and be locked out.

How much does it cost to remove an animal?

There are a number of factors that determine pricing; location of the animal (i.e. – chimney, attic, crawl, wall void, living area), condition of the animal (i.e. – sick, aggressive, dead), location and condition of the property and time of year (i.e. – weather condition, offspring present?). Generally speaking, pricing will vary by location and species for just the animal removal and that pricing usually does not include the entry repair.

I think I have birds in my chimney, can you get them out?

The answer to that question is most likely “Yes”, but are you sure what you’re hearing is birds? Raccoons easily invade chimneys and they have their litters on the smoke shelf of fireplaces. The sounds baby raccoons make are often mistaken for birds in chimneys and removal can be difficult. The only birds that nest in chimneys are chimney swifts and they’re federally protected, so removal can’t be performed, but exclusion can be – once they depart. If you have a pre-fabricated chimney and birds fall between the cooling tubes, removal is nearly impossible.

How soon can you get here?

Office hours vary from franchise to franchise, but generally speaking, office hours are 8am – 6pm M-F and 9am – 3pm on Saturdays.

Clients Testimonials

“Prompt service and got the raccoon out of our chimney easily. No mess. Very friendly guys! Thanks for you help!”

Jill Morgan

“Zack and Jerry were nice, clean, fast, very professional, got those raccoons out of our attic nice and quick, they don’t try to over sell you, no pressure, I very much recommend them…”

Perry Knuth

“Zack and his tech at Critter Removers were excellent! They were always quick to respond! They made us feel like we were a priority. They were knowledgeable about the best way to go about solving our raccoon problem.”

Nathan Dougal

“They were quick to respond, and very efficient. They even responded to my call very early in the morning. I had a mom and 3 very big, very loud baby raccoons in my chimney and they were great at taking care of the problem.”

Tera H

“Zach was great! He answered our several calls late at night and walked us through the process of removing a dead raccoon from our chimney. He worked quickly and efficiently, we were very impressed. We will definitely use him again!”

Richie Glassford

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