Question of the Day: How Do Cockroaches Breathe?

How do cockroaches breathe?

Cockroaches do not have lungs like humans and other mammals do. Cockroaches breathe through a system of tubes attached to their spiracles. Spiracles are small valves along a cockroach’s body that allows air into the trachea, much like gills do for a fish. This system of tubes is called the tracheae; thus cockroaches are not dependent upon a windpipe and mouth to breathe. The valves open to dispense when Co2 levels raise to a high enough level and allow for O2 to be let in. The tracheal system then brings the oxygen directly to the cells instead of filtering through lungs like we as humans do. This is why a cockroach can in fact breathe without its head.

A Little About Roaches and Elimination

What can I say about roaches, German roaches, American roaches, however you call them, they are a pest.  I’ve noticed that people often some times associate roaches to being dirty but that isn’t so.  Roaches can be brought into your home by a number of ways such as a visitor, infested neighbour, deliveries etc.  What to do when you see one?  I find that Roaches can be easily treated if the problem is caught early.  Using a good bait product can be very effective.  There are gel baits, powders and sprays that can be used.  There are “do it yourself” products that you can purchase at our showroom which are very effective.  More effective than the pesticides sold at your local hardware stores.  There is no comparison.  Sprays are also effective but one thing you don’t want to do and is treat using both spray and bait.  You cancel out the effectiveness of the bait if you apply spray as well.  If you decide to do it yourself I would advise reading the label carefully and using a product like Pro Bug X, or Pro B1.  Using these products you need to spray the cracks and crevices of the home because you don’t want to scatter the roaches. You want them to walk over the chemical without them even knowing it.  Other products like Victor Roach traps or any insect traps are good to use to monitor your success.

Recommended Pest Products

We offer several package deals to our customers for Do-It-Yourself Pest Control. These packages include many of our recommended products for pest elimination.

If you have ants we recommend the Ant Elimination Package. This package includes one Diatomaceous Earth Dust, one Pro-Bug X, two Green Way Ant Gel tubes, and six ant cafes or multi-baiters.

If you have bed bugs we recommend the Bed Bug Elimination Package.  This package includes 1 Diatomaceous Earth Dust, 2 Aerosols, 4 Bed Bug Defender Units.

If you have cockroaches we recommend the Cockroach Elimination Package. This package includes Diatomaceous Earth Dust, one Pro-B1, one Aerosol spray and Insect monitors.

If you have mice we recommend the Mice Elimination Package. This package includes 3 bait stations, 2 pkgs of bait, 10 glueboards, and 4 snap traps.

Now if you have multiple pests in your home or you just want to be extra cautious, we have our Total Pest Elimination Package which includes 1 package bait, 2 mouse bait stations, 5 glue boards, 1 Pro Bug X, 1 Aerosol, 200g Diatomaecous Earth, 3 Insect Monitors

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Cockroaches

It the four million year old question – that’s right four million years – how to kill a cockroach. These little critters have been around bugging for a little more than four million years.


A few, little scientific tidbits for you:

  • They may be one of the more primitive living insects!
  • They are from the insect order Blattaria.
  • There are over 4,500 different species of cockroaches world wide. Don’t worry most of them live in tropical and subtropical regions. Only 30 species are really associated with humans and only 4 of those are really well known as pests: The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), the German cockroach (Blattella germanica), the Asian cockroach (Blattella asahinai) and Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis).
  • The abdomen has ten segments and several cerci.
  • Their life cycle has 3 stages – egg, nymph and adult.
  • A female may need to only be impregnated ONCE yet continue to reproduce for the REST of her life!
  • Each egg case can hold up to 30-40 eggs inside it!
  • Cockroaches have four wings that act as shield to the roach.
  • Cockroaches contaminate and destroy food! They also carry bacterial secrete foul smelling fecal matter!
  • Cockroaches cause some people to have asthma attacks.

Pest Product Spotlight: Pro B1

Pro B1 Home and Apartment Insecticide is one of our top sellers.

Pro B1
Kills A Wide Range Of Flying and Crawling Insects

It provides pest control for a number of crawling and flying insects within the home.The guarantee is Propoxur 1% which is what makes Pro B1 such an effective problem for those creepy crawling pesky pests. What makes Pro B1 different from another general insecticide? Well it is oil based, which means it has the capabilities of greater residual properties. While most insecticides have a residual of 1-2 weeks Pro B1 claims 3-4 weeks. This means less work and less reapplying for you. You save money and time with needing to use less product amount with fewer applications. Pro B1 is approved for both indoor and outdoor use on cracks, crevices, baseboards, door frames, outdoor patios, and along the foundation.

Pro B1 provides rapid kill for: ants, booklice, brown dog ticks, carpet beetles, centipedes, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, fleas, flies, firebrats, gnats, millipedes, mosquitoes, silverfish, spiders, and exposed stages of stored product insects like weevils and beetles.

Tips for Preventing Roach Infestations

A commonly asked question is “How can I prevent a cockroach infestation?” Below we have a few tips:

  • Do not allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink or on the counter and remain there, wash all dirty dishes and containers immediately after use.
  • Keep food scraps and leftovers in the refrigerator; containers with tight-fitting lids are useful for both in the fridge or anything you don’t necessarily need to refrigerate. Never leave open food laying around.
  • If you have pets, keep the pet food in tightly sealed containers. Try to feed only what the animal will eat at the time of feeding. This may be hard for self feeding animals like cats so monitoring any food in the bowls, not leaving large quantities at one time, and keeping the feeding area clean (cleaning up any spilled food) greatly helps.
  • Remove garbage from your home on a routine basis. Keep any containers or bins covered and sealed as much as possible.
  • Remember to check and clean under your fridge, freezer and stove.  The sides of the stove are also where food or oils can accumulate and should be monitored and cleaned periodically.
  • Remove boxes, especially cardboard, newspapers, bags, and other unnecessary items that can clutter rooms. These places only create places for multiple kinds of pests to hide. When storing items, leave space between the packages.
  • In apartments and other multi-unit dwellings you might consider sealing spaces where plumbing or electrical wiring goes through walls. As cockroaches can travel between units. Please ask a contractor or pest control technician how to best do that without damaging your home.

Pest Product Spotlight: Konk House & Garden Bug Killer

konkhgKonk House & Garden bug killer is a great asset for anyone with a garden. It is water-based and approved for use on your vegetable garden. This means bye-bye vegetable eating insects and hello fresh garden vegetables for you to enjoy. This product is so versatile that it can also be used within the home for a plethora of unwelcome insect guests, including bed bugs. To top it off it is safe to use on your pet, and in your pet’s belongings like bedding for flea control. This means when your dog gets fleas you no longer need to make an appointment and wait in line to take him into the groomers to be dipped. You can treat your pet safely and effectively at home, along with all its belongings so it doesn’t get re-infested from its own bedding. The can has been designed to spray in any position, even upside down so that you can make the most of your treatment and use it exactly where and when you need to use it.

Targeted pests include:

Flies, mosquitoes, hornets, wasps, biting midges, flying moths, cockroaches, ants, spiders, silverfish, crickets, centipedes, carpet beetles, bed bugs, fleas, brown dog ticks, exposed thripes, leaf-hoppers, spotted mites, lacebugs, aphids, caterpillars, climbing cutworms, Japanese beetles, Mexican beetles, mealy bugs, soft brown scale, tent caterpillars, canker worms, and  garden webworms.



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Question of the Day: Are cockroaches really clean?

This depends on how you see clean or what angle you are asking the question from. Cockroaches keep their bodies generally very clean. They in fact groom themselves like a cat would for their own protection and ability and keep hidden from prey. That being said cockroaches are omnivorous so they eat everything, cockroach1including dead animals. Their GI tract is full of many different parasites and diseases; which they then defecate wherever and whenever, not being a species able to learn the right and wrong place to go. You cannot house train a cockroach. So even though they groom themselves and keep their external clean, they are not clean insects. They have the ability contaminate your food supply and make a mess within your home.

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Question of the Day: Why Do Male Cockroaches Have Smaller Wings

Male cockroaches don’t necessarily have smaller wings. The female cockroaches generally tend to be larger, for reproductive purposes and therefore have wings proportionate cockroach3to her body. They have to molt more than males which accounts for the larger size. This being said a male is smaller, and therefore has wings proportionate to his body size. In fact in some species of cockroaches, the female is so large and the abdomen so extended that the female’s wings are atrophied and so disproportionately small to her body that she can’t glide to find a mate. The male must come find her. So if you notice that a male has smaller wings than a female, it is because a male is typically smaller than a female and their wings match their body size.

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