Exterminators are individuals who specialize in getting rid of pests. Then, “yes” is the answer to “Does exterminator get rid of roaches?”. After all, roaches are the pest types that most people want to shoo.
Exterminators often use bug sprays in every part of their projects. Sometimes, they accompany themselves with traps and other supporting devices to make pests like roaches go away.
Each of them has different specialties, payment plans, and more. As a result, the answer to the question, “Does exterminator get rid of roaches?” can vary greatly.
First thing first, let’s read the points below to see if they can get rid of all roaches or if they limit their abilities for certain cockroach types:
Do exterminators really get rid of roaches?
We see exterminators everywhere regardless of we’re in developed or underdeveloped countries. The demands of getting rid of roaches are increased consistently over the past 3-5 years in many countries.
Yet, sometimes, we wonder if a person like an exterminator can get rid of roaches in kitchen cabinets. This worry applies especially when the exterminators aren’t part of any pest-controlling companies or just started their exterminating careers. Such types of exterminators tend to have more limited tools to get rid of roaches when compared to their peers.
Nonetheless, getting rid of any pests, including roaches, is a part of their job, no matter their work experiences and involvement with the companies. After this point, we’re going to bring you to see if exterminators can get rid of Oriental or German cockroaches, the two most “hunted” cockroaches in the bug exterminating industries.
Can exterminators get rid of Oriental cockroaches?
Oriental cockroaches belong to the Blattidae family. They are among the most common cockroach types that you can find. Their Latin name is Blatta orientalis, and they have different body forms based on their genders.
They are slow-moving even when compared to other cockroach types. Dark and moist places with a temperature range between 20-29 degrees Celcius are their habitats. As a result, you can find them outside bushes, under leaf groundcover, or hiding in pipes and drains in your houses.
As long as your exterminators are careful to look at those areas, getting rid of Oriental cockroaches is highly possible. Another thing that you should remember is that these are nocturnal pests, which means exterminating these roaches is the most effective at night.
Can exterminators get rid of German cockroaches?
The other most common cockroach types are the German cockroaches or the Blatella germanica. Even though they are not social pests, one female German cockroach can carry up to 18-50 eggs, which contributes to their sporadic growths.
German cockroaches are unlike their Oriental counterparts that can’t fly at all. Some of them can fly around the house areas. Even though they belong to nocturnal pest types, they can appear anywhere from morning until evening. When feeling excited, frightened, or disturbed, they can emit unpleasant odors.
Thus, if exterminators can make Oriental cockroaches go away, they would do the same for the more readily available German cockroaches. Using a combination of soaps, glues, sugars, starches, and more that belong to German cockroaches’ favorite foods as the traps help a lot in ensuring they go away.
Kitchens are the areas where German cockroaches often dwell. If your bedrooms or living rooms have any food processing facilities, those also belong to the favorite living areas of German cockroaches. These cockroach types generally love to dwell in areas with a temperature range of 15-35 degrees Celcius.
If you want to use exterminators to shoo those cockroaches, make sure the exterminators pay attention to those indoor areas. Another thing that you should remember is that nobody should give the “shock therapy” by suddenly lighting up the dark rooms as this will invite more German cockroaches.
How do exterminators get rid of cockroaches?
Before helping you to shoo the cockroaches in your houses, the exterminators will have to inspect them. The initial inspection processes include surveying how big the scales of the rooms and understanding the “gates” to cockroaches’ growths inside your houses (such as pipes, sinks, and more).
From there on, the exterminators predict how the cockroaches will grow. If they found any cockroaches upon inspection, they will have to see how many are the cockroaches and (possibly) what types of cockroaches are the most common in your houses before coming to their predictions.
After you agree with the predictions and the payment plans for your exterminators’ services, the next step is to prepare suitable equipment for doing their jobs. Other than bug sprays, they will use chemicals and techniques to increase their success in preventing the cockroaches’ growth.
Gel baits are the most popular technique for ensuring the cockroaches go away. This technique requires the exterminators to use a handy syringe.
Then, they apply the gels by injecting them on cracks, crevices, or anywhere cockroaches tend to lurk around your house areas. Gel baits are often coupled with other insecticides to increase the success rates of the exterminating jobs.
Boric acids are the most common chemicals to prevent cockroaches from further growing. When using boric acids, the exterminators will spread them to the floors to make cockroaches ingest them. Hydramethylnon, the chemical for disturbing cockroaches’ energy flows and metabolic processes, is yet another popular chemical for killing German cockroaches.
What to expect after an exterminator sprays for roaches?
Spraying is one of the processes the exterminators should undergo in shooing the roaches. Even when we choose to deal with the cockroaches ourselves, we tend to expect them to go away after spraying.
Yet, we should bear in mind that spraying is not the only step your exterminators will execute. Nor that spraying the roaches is the only effective way to make all cockroach types go away all of a sudden. Any cockroaches have unpredictable movements. Hence, they can come again even if the exterminators have done the spraying processes.
Sometimes it’s not all about poor housekeepings. Often, it’s because some of the roaches are immune to certain types of bug sprays. If so, it may take a longer time for your exterminators to get rid of these roaches.
On average, you’ll need to expect around two weeks for the roaches to vanish after spraying. In more severe cases, such as damaged house properties or sporadic roaches’ growths, you will need to hire exterminators a few times before the cockroaches vanish from your houses.
How long does it take for an exterminator to get rid of roaches?
By now, we know that it usually takes around two weeks after spraying the roaches to make them go away. So, what about if we consider the whole processes that an exterminator should undertake? How long will they need to finish their exterminating jobs?
Your properties’ sizes, the things and furniture inside your property, and how large the infestation scales are, are the things that determine how long will the extermination jobs have to last. Smaller properties generally need lesser daily durations. Larger infestation scales then determine how many visits you’ll need for the exterminators.
Around 2-8 weeks are the average durations for the exterminating projects. Again, this also depends on the payment plans that you want to use. After all, each payment plans come with different visit plans and perks that you should consider.
How much does an exterminator cost to get rid of roaches?
Since exterminators tend to work independently, they have more freedom in determining their service costs. Some exterminators base their service costs on a flat basis, while the others cost their services based on how many times they would visit the houses.
The average range of the exterminators’ market prices lies somewhere between US$125-US$134. Exterminators who price their cockroach exterminating services US$60 and below are considered as too cheap that people doubt their capabilities. On the other side, any roach extermination services that are US$295 and above are too expensive.
As with other jobs, work experiences, and tools they use play quite significant parts in the costings of their services. The more experienced the exterminators are, and the more complex the tools they use, the more expensive their service costs.
Is it possible to get rid of roaches without an exterminator?
Sure, it’s possible to make roaches go away without having to hire an exterminator. Yet, be prepared to clean up the messes after you spray and apply chemicals to the cockroaches. Additionally, consider the possibilities of other pests and the difficulties to control the growth of roaches in places where the everyday cleaning tools can’t reach out.
The same things won’t happen if you choose to hire an exterminator. It’s not only that an exterminator has adequate knowledge of roaches (and other pests). They can decide on the appropriate techniques and chemicals to deal with cockroaches in your houses.
Perhaps exterminators are expensive. Yet, for the question, “does exterminator get rid of roaches?” the answer is, “Sure, they can!” So, don’t be afraid to reach out to exterminators, especially if you sense the slightest bit of roach infestations in your houses.
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Dr Philip G Cox currently is a professor in Physiology in the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences which is part of the Hull York Medical School and the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. Dr Philip G Cox studied comparative mammalian functional morphology for the PhD in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge.