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Cockroaches are common pests in home and restaurants. While they are sometimes confused with beetles, roaches are more closely related to termites and praying mantises. Cockroaches invade homes looking for food, water and shelter. Effective control starts with removing these items.


  • Cockroaches are nocturnal and avoid lights, making them easy to miss
  • Some species are capable of making chirping and hissing sounds
  • Cockroaches are extremely hardy and difficult to kill

Signs & Indicators

  • If you see one cockroach, its likely there are many more that you can't see
  • Roach feces resembles coffee grounds or pepper
  • Oval shaped eggs cases can be found behind furniture and other hidden locations

Most homes offer the perfect breeding environment for cockroaches. For this reason cockroaches have been a common pest for thousands of years. Roaches are extremely fast and scared of lights so its common for them to go unnoticed until their numbers reach infestation levels. Roaches are semi-social insects, where one exists so do hundreds more.

Roaches enter homes in search of food, small hiding spaces, and warm environments. Although cockroaches are relatively large insects, they are capable of squeezing through the smallest cracks to enter your home. Effective treatment for roaches includes sealing up entry ways, the removal of garbage, proper storage of food, and regular chemical applications. Please consult a Horizons Pest Control representative today to learn more.

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