Our expert Edmonton team of cockroach exterminators has a great deal of experience in eliminating cockroach infestations. We use proven roach management protocols that have resulted in happy clients and excellent customer reviews on Google. We’re proud of our reputation for succeeding where even global corporations have failed to control difficult cockroach infestations.

Let’s face it: cockroaches are gross, even when you give them credit for being outstandingly hardy. After all, they can withstand both incredibly high and low temperatures, and some species can go for a month without eating. The ancestors of modern-day cockroaches were around long before dinosaurs roamed the earth. The North American species are usually thumbnail-sized, but some varieties in the tropics can be three inches long. The ones in Edmonton are puny by comparison! Still, they’re disturbing to find in your kitchen cupboard or bathroom. If a guest sees a cockroach in your home, chances are good that the guest won’t come back (this may be desirable in some cases, but you’ll still want to get rid of the cockroaches). The chances will also be good that there are more cockroaches in your home, because they are social creatures that live, breed, feed, and travel in large numbers.

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Cockroaches gorge on all types of organic materials including foodstuffs, paper, wood, soap, glue in books, cloth, plants, hair, garbage, sewage and even the insulation on electrical wiring. You have to give them full marks for not being picky eaters, but it doesn’t mean you have to cut them any slack when trying to drive them out of your house. And the best way to do that is to hire a licensed pest control expert who will deploy a comprehensive treatment process involving at least three basic steps: sanitation/preparation, application of insecticides, and progress monitoring.


Cockroaches thrive in dirty places, so the first step in any treatment effort is to clean and sanitize the areas where the cockroaches have been showing up. So, clean out those cupboards, scrub them down using a strong kitchen cleaner or vinegar, and wipe it dry. Consider wiping off any plates, jars or other items that were in the cupboard before you cleaned it, because the cockroaches might have contaminated their surfaces. Throw out any opened jars or packages of food that they might have had a chance to feast on.

This is critical because cockroaches are carriers of salmonella bacteria that can cause food poisoning. They also carry other organisms that can make you sick. Cockroaches leave an undesirable odour on the materials they come into contact with and may cause allergic reactions in some people.

Application of Insecticides by a Cockroach Exterminator

This is the step when the cockroach control expert brings out his or her big “guns”. Actually, they’re more like backpacks with spray nozzles that emit chemicals that are poisonous to cockroaches. When applied in the proper places – that is, where the cockroaches are or where they are likely to be – the chemicals will incapacitate and kill the insects that come into contact with them.

Progress Monitoring

Because roaches reproduce rapidly, the application of insecticides must sometimes be done repeatedly over time to ensure that new generations of cockroaches don’t begin to flourish and re-infest the property. That means the cockroach exterminator may have to make one or more visits to your home after the initial application of insecticide. The goal, of course, is to make sure that every last roach is gone and won’t come back.

Signs of Cockroach Infestation

Humans have long associated cockroaches with filth and disease—and for good reason. We’ll talk about the health risks in a moment, but the danger roaches can pose to public health are nothing to scoff at. Seeing a cockroach in public or outside is one thing, but finding one in your home or business can make your skin crawl. While these nocturnal bugs tend to stay out of sight, they can leave behind some clear evidence behind if they are around your property.

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Common signs of cockroach infestation include:

  • Droppings: less than 1mm wide and resembles coffee grounds or pepper
  • Smear marks: often found on walls as dark, irregular smears where they are most active
  • Eggs: small brown capsules that look like a coffee bean and can hold up to 30 nymphs
  • Stench or unusual odor: a damp, unpleasant musty odor that can sink into any surface and attract other cockroaches
  • Property damage: because they’ll eat just about anything, look for chew marks in food packaging or even leather
  • Shedded skin: they molt 5-8 times before they become adults, so look for shedded skin
  • Living roaches: the more live roaches you find, the worse the infestation likely is

Cockroach Infestation Causes

While many people blame a cockroach problem on poor housekeeping, there are many ways cockroach infestation can occur. Cleaning floors, kitchens, and bathrooms is very important in reducing food sources used by cockroaches, but they may get inside and cause an infestation for other reasons. They can enter through infested items brought inside, get indoors via cracks and gaps in the home’s exterior, enter through drains or sewer pipes, and, depending on the species, even fly inside when attracted to lights.

Cockroach Infestation Health Risks

Cockroaches often taint food with E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus. Not only can they carry disease, but roach feces and the body parts of dead bugs can actually trigger asthma and allergies for those with sensitive lungs. These tough pests have also been known to play a role as carriers of intestinal diseases, such as dysentery, diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid fever.

Seeing a few roaches during the height of summer heat is not worth panicking over, but if you see them every day more than once, this could hint at an infestation. Even their dead bodies can post a health risk, so addressing the infestation and cleaning up their mess are important to the overall health of your household or place of business.

Cockroach Lifecycle

Cockroaches will go through egg and nymphal stages before becoming adults. A female cockroach produces her eggs in an enclosed, resilient egg case known as oothecae. The hatching time will vary between species and depends upon environmental conditions.

Egg: Oothecae contain many eggs and harden into a strong, protective casing. Depending on the cockroach species, some females may leave behind the egg case, while other types carry them until they’re ready to hatch.

Nymph: Upon emerging from the egg case, the bright white immature cockroach is known as a nymph or baby cockroach. The longer their exposed to air, the larger and darker they grow within a matter of hours. They will darken with each molt until adulthood.

Adult: Once the nymph stage is complete, the adult cockroach emerges from its final molt.after the initial application of insecticide. The goal, of course, is to make sure that every last roach is gone and won’t come back.


Exterminating cockroaches can be a big challenge even for experienced exterminators, but with the proper tools and roach killer products, the battle can be won.

Savvy Pest Control Ltd. uses state-of-the-art equipment for spraying or micro-spraying highly effective insecticides. However, we may use other techniques depending on the specific case.

Our company is one of the top-rated cockroach exterminators in Edmonton. Reach out us today!