Common Species in Singapore
- American Cockroach (Blattidae)
- German Cockroach (Ectobiidae)
Other than being the most pesky pests, cockroaches are health risks due to their potential to spread harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and gastroenteritis. In fact, certain proteins in cockroach faeces, saliva and body parts can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms.
The German Cockroach and the American Cockroach are the two most common species in Singapore considered as pests. The flying cockroach that terrifies many is the American Cockroach (35-50mm) which is dark brown. Significantly smaller in size, the German Cockroaches (11-15mm) are light brown and cannot fly.
Cockroaches hide well in the dark and scurry out when you least expect, though usually out of your way. However, if the infestation is serious, you may get cockroach bites that lead to allergic reactions such as reddening and itchy skin. Cockroach eggs hatch within 24 to 48 days and cockroach babies are white. High temperatures and humidity levels are conducive conditions for nymphs to moult and mature into adults.
Depending on the species, the life cycle of a cockroach ranges from 3 months to 3 years. Given their highly adaptable survival instincts, you definitely need to know how to get rid of cockroaches for good. Instead of just relying on the household cockroach repellent that cockroaches might gradually become immune to, your best bet would be to call in the professionals to get rid of cockroaches and keep them away!
On average, a female cockroach produces 10 - 90 egg cases which contain 15 - 30 eggs each. The first step is to find the breeding source of the cockroaches. IKARI begins the process by inspecting every possible hiding place including water pipes, electrical boxes, wiring, voids in infrastructure, and crevices in the kitchen
IKARI’s treatment methods include flushing, residual spray, ULV misting, CO2 misting, traps and baits. The choice of treatment for any cockroach problem is crucial and it is the professionals who are best able to determine the most strategic and effective for your situation.
The last thing you want is for the cockroaches to cleverly stay away, only to resurface when the coast is clear again!
- Hiding Spots
- Food Sources
- Prevention Tips
- Do a thorough cleaning session once a month that includes the floor, tables, chairs, kitchenware & appliances
- Store food in airtight containers
- Double-bag food waste
- Empty the trash bin every night
- Seal up cracks and crevices with silicone caulk
Dark corners, cracks and crevices, inside fridge gasket, electrical boxes/panels, gaps around piping, stove & sinks
Anything from sweets, meats, starches, grease, hair, books to decaying matter