Hazards - Food Poisoning
This insect accumulates and ingests bacteria and other pathogenic agents in order to get needed bacteria in its gut to digest food. As a result, this insect is a major vector of Salmonella, a bacterium that causes food poisoning, dysentery and/or diarrhea, with indirect transmission of these pathogens to mammals via contamination of surfaces, utensils and food. If one fecal pellet is dropped on a utensil or dish and then used by a human, that individual is at a high risk for developing dysentery.
Signs of Infestation
This insect is nocturnal. During the day, insects cluster together in hiding places, like cracks and crevices behind baseboards & molding, in wall voids, and under stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, etc. It seeks out harborage where its body is protected from above and below. A nymph needs a crack no smaller than 1/32" in which to hide, while the adult needs no less than 3/16". If insects are visible during the day, the infestation is so large that they cannot all fit in available harborage areas.
An omnivore, this insect consumes both meat and plant matter. It is dependent on man for survival, so it's commonly found in settings where food and organic debris are readily available.
Infestations can occur in any location, not just at floor level. Technician is constantly scanning in a prescribed pattern for conditions conducive, harborages and obvious signs of infestation. He uses an inspection mirror and flashlight to look underneath and behind surfaces.
Mechanical nest removal
Use a hepa vac to remove nesting pockets.
A boron based product is applied lightly in cracks and crevices for long-term cockroach control. Works well in dirty environments as it combines with the environmental contaminants that are a natural roach food, thereby creating a toxic food source.
Caulk cracks & crevices used for harborage, such as those around the sink, stove, etc.
Plays a major role in cockroach control. Inspector and technician will routinely document and address sanitation issues via a sanitation report in order to communicate with the customer.