Cockroaches are a fact of life in climates such as we have in Bermuda, and they are particularly prevalent in the summer months. There are several species of cockroaches found in Bermuda. The most prevalent cockroaches are the German and American.
German cockroaches are small (typically 5/8 inches or less) and are light brown in color with two black stripes. German cockroaches hide in dark, sheltered places during the day and come out to feed at night. They may be found around kitchen sinks or drain boards, in cracks around, inside and beneath cabinets (especially upper corners), behind drawers, around pipes and conduits, behind window and door frames, in cracks and voids behind baseboards and moldings, under tables and chairs, in bathrooms, and in televisions and appliance cabinets. The German cockroach is usually found in the kitchen and bathroom, although it may be found throughout the home.
American cockroaches are typically found outside, but they may enter the home from outside breeding sites. These larger cockroaches are dark brown in color, and go by several names: palmetto bug, wood roach, and “de big ones”.
Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. We even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes and purses, and with plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites; they can remain active all year round. The dust created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals.
Bermuda Pest Control offers both spraying and baiting services for control of both species of cockroaches.