Hazards - Food Poisoning
Signs of Infestation
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.
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.