There are multiple species of cockroaches in Kansas. Some of these include the German, American, Oriental, brownbanded, and wood cockroaches. The most prolific are the American and German species. Because these types of roaches are present in the state, they sometimes make their way into Kansas businesses. When they crawl their way into these places, they could create issues for business owners. Fortunately, Schendel is here to help explain why cockroaches may enter your business and offers some tips on how to keep them out.
What Attracts Cockroaches to Businesses?
Cockroaches are adept at finding food and water – and nothing is off limits. Paper and plastic are no deterrent for foraging cockroaches. If it isn’t in a tightly sealed container, cockroaches will find a way in.
No business is immune to the threat of cockroaches. If food and water sources are accessible, it’s best to take precaution to avoid finding cockroaches lurking in the area.
At restaurants and cafes, cockroaches like to hide under sink cabinets where there’s moisture or near ovens where the air is dry and humid. They can also be found in storage closets, pantries, even inside appliances such as toasters or behind a microwave. Any hidden and secure area out of the bright lights, whether it’s behind cabinets or the air conditioning unit, can become home to these nocturnal pests.
Businesses such as hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and furniture stores are also prone to cockroaches skittering around after dark. The reason you could find these pests in these environments is because cockroaches often hide in the crevices of sofas and chairs. Furniture items, like sofas and chairs, provide snug, dark hiding places. For example, if food crumbs have filtered down behind the cushions of a chair in a hotel room and the chair hasn’t been adequately vacuumed, this presents a tasty feast for the pests. Also, moisture from pipe leaks or faucets on the premises in these businesses can provide a source of water for roaches.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
Like other insects, cockroaches take advantage of openings to gain access to interiors to not only look for food and water, but to lay eggs. Female American cockroaches usually produce one egg case monthly for 10 months. The egg case has over a dozen eggs in each case. If there are multiple females laying eggs in your building, it won’t take long before you’ll have an infestation.
Getting rid of cockroaches in Kansas businesses can be a challenge if you try to do it on your own, but there are some things you can do that can help. The biggest factor for anyone trying to prevent cockroaches is keeping areas as clean as possible both inside and outside.
Preventative actions include:
- Using garbage can liners and making sure the lids fit tightly.
- If your business has a dumpster, keep the area around it free of food scraps and debris.
- Don’t let trash accumulate, empty the trash from offices, break rooms, kitchen areas, and any other area where cockroaches can find food. Do this on a regular basis.
- Sweep and vacuum regularly and use a mop to clean under and around appliances and machinery.
- Seal areas around pipes or any cracks or crevices.
Threats to Your Business
Regardless of the type of business you operate, if customers see cockroaches running around, it sends a negative message about your operation, which can lead to lost business and revenue. Cockroaches also pose a health threat to your staff and customer base. They frequent dirty and bacteria ridden areas, often carrying disease and parasites.
To help keep your business pest-free, your customers healthy and coming back, and your reputation intact, the professionals at Schendel Pest Services can put a plan of action in motion.
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