By • Sep 2nd 2022
If you're a business owner or property manager dealing with a cockroach issue, you know that cockroaches don't care where they spend the night or find a meal. Customers, patrons, and tenants do, however!
Cockroach infestations can feel scary. Roaches spread quickly and have an easy time coming and going, especially in specific commercial locations. Whether you own a Utah apartment building or manage a local grocery store, cockroaches are something you want to avoid as much as possible.
As for pest control, each commercial setting presents its unique circumstances. Any number of the following commercial locations can experience a cockroach issue:
SOME QUICK ADVICE FROM THORN: Commercial cockroach control is a delicate balance.
Treating roaches in a commercial setting takes thorough inspection and thoughtful planning. Using the wrong methods (or the right ones in excess) can do more harm than good.
Don't be afraid to ask for help with a roach issue in your Utah business. Cockroach infestations can feel out of control, but Thorn Pest Solutions is here to bring some calm to the cockroach-fueled chaos! Reach out to us, and one of our pest specialists would be happy to help you troubleshoot the causes of your commercial cockroach headache.
While there are some general rules for what causes roaches to move into a business, there is no simple answer to this question.
Ultimately, every business location is different. The following conditions can allow for the easy spread of cockroaches:
To perform Utah cockroach control properly, several steps must be taken to achieve pest control success.
If you have cockroaches inside your business space, you are likely dealing with German cockroaches.
German roaches are found worldwide and are the most common cockroach in the United States. They regularly infest structures where shelter, warmth, and food can be found.
When trying to identify German cockroaches, look for the following characteristics:
Compared to other cockroach species, German roaches lay more eggs and mature faster. Under the right conditions, German cockroaches can complete their cycle from egg to mature adult in less than 40 days!
As the primary infesting roach in Utah, these cockroaches love kitchens and are commonly found near sinks, appliances, water heaters, and other moist, warm locations.
Occasionally found in tandem with German roaches, American cockroaches are the biggest inside-infesting roaches. While these roaches are found in southern Utah, they are not typically found in Northern Utah.
American roaches are known for popping up both inside and outside and are likely to move indoors when the weather becomes too hot or if there is flooding. If American cockroaches migrate indoors, they will likely be found in basements and first-floor areas.
In terms of appearance, American cockroaches are:
American cockroaches, sometimes called "palmetto bugs" in certain parts of the U.S., are commonly found in wet, secluded areas such as basements and sewers, especially around pipes.
Are you finding large and unexpected numbers of giant roaches in your cellar or storage areas just after heavy rains? These are likely American cockroaches.
Like many cockroaches, oriental roaches are often found in moist, dark, hidden areas. Also referred to as "water bugs" and "black beetles," these roaches enjoy hiding out in cool, damp places like leaky pipes, drains, faucets, sewers, cellars, and crawl spaces.
It's easy to get different types of cockroaches confused with one another. If you think you might have oriental cockroaches in your building, consider their features:
Commonly found in large numbers around leaks in basements, cellars, and crawl spaces, it can be hard to keep these pests away if moisture is present. Seek to make the environment unfavorable to them by increasing airflow and sunlight to areas where you are finding oriental cockroaches.
Reported throughout the United States, these roaches are not the most common but are worth a mention. These roaches are not as wary of people and will hide in areas like pantries, cupboards, showers, and behind picture frames.
Some distinct differences set these roaches apart from the rest:
More commonly found in bedrooms (where they will even lay eggs in bedding), brown-banded cockroaches are nowhere near as widespread as German cockroaches but are sometimes found right alongside them.
Once an ongoing treatment plan is put in place to remedy an existing cockroach issue, it's time to devise a plan to keep them from returning. Take the following precautions:
Nobody wants to be dealing with a cockroach issue. If you're finding roaches in your business, you probably wish they were gone yesterday.
No need to shut down your business to deal with a roach issue. Here at Thorn, we specialize in cost-effective, eco-conscious pest control methods that will get the job done without causing excessive disruption to the day-to-day of your business.
Need someone to help educate your staff or tenants about ongoing cockroach control after treatment? We're here to help with that too! We stay up to date on the latest and greatest pest control information and are actively involved in the Utah Pest Management Association.
Did you know we wrote a reference guide on commercial pest control for business owners like you? We're Here to Help, so please, don't hesitate to contact us. We can help spare your reputation and get your business pest control needs back on track.
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