How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches Inside Your Home

A German cockroach in San Juan PR - Rentokil, formerly Oliver ExterminatingHave you been dealing with small, pale-brown roaches in your kitchen or bathroom? You probably have a German cockroach infestation on your hands. Although their name might be misleading, German cockroaches are one of the most common kinds of cockroaches here in San Juan PR. We have been removing them from our customers’ homes for as long as we’ve been in business in the area. If you think you have German cockroaches in your home and are looking to get rid of them right away, read on for advice from our team at Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating.

What Do German Cockroaches Look Like in San Juan?

Determining what species of cockroach you have in your home will help you figure out where they came from and why they’re sticking around. German cockroaches in San Juan PR will display these qualities:

  • They are pale brown in color with two darker stripes reaching from their head down their backs.
  • Smaller than most cockroaches, they rarely grow longer than 5/8” in length
  • You will usually see them in cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom, or adjacent places

German cockroaches are able to reproduce at astonishing rates—one German cockroach mother and her offspring can yield thousands of eggs per year. It’s important to make plans to eradicate them as soon as you find them in your home.

Best Way to Get Rid of German Cockroaches

Many peoples’ first thought when they find roaches in their house is to find a DIY solution to get rid of them. If you look up DIY roach control, you’ll surely see people mentioning boric acid as a reliable solution. When you spread boric acid in high-activity areas, the roaches will walk through it and groom themselves, causing them to ingest the toxins. While this is effective for small-scale treatments, it rarely wipes out the source of the infestation and can be a dangerous strategy to choose in a house with children or pets.

There’s no better way to get rid of German cockroaches than to hire a professional roach exterminator who has dealt with them many times over.

Professional Cockroach Control in San Juan PR

If you think that you’re currently undergoing an infestation of German cockroaches, get your local pest control company involved right away. At Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating, our roach control team is trained to identify all kinds of cockroach species and infestation sources in San Juan and elect the best extermination strategy accordingly. Contact us today for a free quote!

Pestfree365 with Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating

Ants collecting by water in San Juan PR - Rentokil, formerly Oliver ExterminatingThere’s a reason that Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating, has been Puerto Rico’s leader in pest control since 1956. Beyond our commitment to staying ahead of the curve in technology, practice, and environmental sensitivity, we also commit to keeping our patrons pest-free all year long. Our Pestfree365 program is a hit among our most loyal customers. Covering dozens of types of pests around San Juan PR, our technicians have an answer for your infestation. Read on to learn more about our services!

What Kinds of Pests in San Juan Are Covered?

Unfortunately, our climate creates perfect breeding grounds and feeding situations for all sorts of regional pests. With many insects and arachnids’ ability to proliferate quickly and spread their populations wide, it’s crucial to stay on top of DIY pest prevention if you aren’t covered routinely by professional exterminators. If you sign up for Pestfree365, the technicians at Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating, will be able to handle these pests for you:

What Can You Expect from Pestfree365?

We’ve talked to a few members of our Pestfree365 program about their hesitance to sign up for a year-round prevention program. While this is understandable, this perspective often comes from people who haven’t had to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars repairing damage caused by termites, rodents, and more pests that thrive around San Juan PR. Here are a few of the benefits that you will receive after signing up for Pestfree365:

  1. Limitless service calls: Whenever you’re dealing with a pest problem, no matter how big or small, we will be out to help you. Even if you fear for an upcoming pest season, we can come out to your property to help you prepare your home or business properly!
  2. No contract: You are not paying in advance for a year-long, non-refundable service. We have to continue to earn your business with top-tier work and professionalism with every visit.
  3. Professionalism: Speaking of top-tier, every one of the technicians serving your property will be licensed, certified, and trained to the highest standards of the pest control industry.
  4. Termite and bed bug protection: Some pest control companies avoid dealing with these two pests for the simple fact of how difficult they can be to control. We don’t back down from these destructive insects! You’ll receive an annual termite inspection (WDI report) and any necessary bed bug removal treatments.

Year-Round Pest Control in San Juan

If you’re looking to maintain a pristine property free of pests, your best bet is to work with your local pest experts at Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating. Our Pestfree365 service is the best in the business for prevention, exclusion, and control of almost 40 local pest species. Contact us today for a free quote!

Are Roaches Nocturnal?

Cockroaches are active at night in Puerto Rico - Rentokil formerly Oliver ExterminatingAs much as you may hate the thought of cockroaches crawling around while you’re asleep, this is likely the case when you have an infestation. That’s because cockroaches are, for the most part, nocturnal creatures. Roaches dislike daylight and will avoid being in the light whatsoever, even inside a building. During the day, cockroaches prefer to hide, often in the dark, damp areas of a property. At night, they will become more active as they hunt for food and water.

If you think you have cockroaches scurrying around your home or business overnight, read more to learn about their habits with the experts at Rentokil Formerly Oliver Exterminating!

Do Cockroaches Ever Sleep?

Like other animals and insects, cockroaches indeed have a specific circadian rhythm that includes a resting period. In one study done, it was found that roaches have three states of activity: a period of locomotion, a period of limb or antennae movement but no locomotion, and a period of immobility. Under normal light conditions (light by day and dark by night), cockroaches were only active at night, typically during the period right before midnight. There was little activity during the early morning hours, and roaches were found to rest during the daylight.

Cockroaches During the Daytime

If you see cockroaches in your home or business during the daytime, this could be a bad sign you have a serious infestation underway. Some of the reasons why you may be seeing cockroaches during the day include:

  • There is already a big infestation of roaches in your property.
  • Cockroaches have been forced out of their typical hiding places due to a lack of resources.
  • Artificial light can sometimes disorient roaches, encouraging them to come out in the daytime.

Where Are Cockroaches Hiding?

With their disdain for light, cockroaches are known to hide in the darkest, dampest places inside your home. This typically includes bathrooms, basements, crawl spaces, and more. When you have a serious infestation, these pests can hide just about anywhere: under the appliances in your kitchen, underneath sinks, inside light switches, or amongst boxes in your attic or garage. If you stumble upon them during the day by moving an object, they will typically run away upon being seen.

Seeing Roaches in Your Home?

If you spot even a roach or two in your home or business, it’s important to contact your local cockroach exterminators at Rentokil right away. Our experts can thoroughly inspect your home to look for any signs of roaches hiding. From there, we’ll work to get rid of the pests for good. Contact us today to get started!

4 Pests You Might See in Puerto Rico

Pest Control is crucial in an area like Puerto Rico that is home to a number of reptiles, rodents, and insects that can plague home and business owners. Puerto Rico is home to a number of persistent pests that require a good deal of effort to prevent and eradicate. Below are a number of pests you might see in Puerto Rico, along with information on the damage they can cause.

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Ways to Stop Inviting Pests Into Your Home in Puerto Rico

Ways to stop inviting pests to your home in Puerto Rico - Rentokil formerly Oliver ExterminatingThere’s really nothing more frustrating than having a pest control issue but not knowing where the pests are coming into your home from. The truth is that pests need a few simple ingredients to thrive. Shelter, food, warmth, and water are right at the top of the list.

With pests being such a common problem in Puerto Rico, it’s crucial to learn how to prevent infestations. Learn how with tips from Rentokil formerly Oliver Exterminating!

Signs of Pest Problems

Unfortunately, many Puerto Rican households sometimes forget to drain their sinks or bathtubs after using them or leave food around for pests like mice, ants, and cockroaches to feast on. Decanting birdbaths or small kiddie pools to prevent mosquitoes is simple enough but too many homeowners wait until it’s too late. Signs that pests have already made it into your home include droppings, noises in the walls or along your floorboards, chewed wrappers or wiring, a musky smell in the basement, or damaged wood. Seeing any of these signs of pests warrants a call to your local exterminators.

Tips to Reduce Pests in Your Home

Fortunately, there are DIY stops that you can take to significantly reduce the chances that pests make inroads into your home or business.

1. Store Food Securely and Keep a Clean Home

  • The easiest step that you can take right now to prevent pests from making your home an oasis is making sure that all of your food is canned, zipped, protected by plastic containers, or unopened in a drawer.
  • Food or morsels of food on the floor or in the carpet can make it far too easy for mice and other pests to snatch up. If you’re unsure if your kitchen floor is totally free of food, then a quick sweep or vacuum should be enough.
  • Your garbage can also be a hotspot for animals who want nothing more than to chow down. Keep a tight lid on your trash to prevent that from happening.

2. Seal Holes and Crevices Around Your Home

  • Next, you’ll want to prevent pests such as snakes or spiders as well as small pests like mice and ants from getting the chance to enter your home in the first place. But how? Caulking your windows and doors is a great prevention method. As it turns out, weatherstripping and caulking are also wonderful ways to conserve your heating efforts and save on your energy expenses this winter season.
  • Small openings along your baseboards are also ways that critters make it into your home through walls or move from room to room. Plugging up any gaps that you find and perhaps adding screens to your windows and doors can be really beneficial.

3. Keep Your Home and Backyard Free of Clutter

  • Pests such as cockroaches and even termites like to hide in dark places. Out of sight is unfortunately out of mind for too many Puerto Rican homeowners.
  • One way to prevent pests from wreaking havoc on your home is to keep your home and backyard free of clutter. This means keeping trees trimmed and woodpiles away from the home.
  • Removing standing water is also a great way to prevent mosquitoes in your yard.

Keep Pests Out Of Your Home For Good

Unfortunately, Puerto Rico is a haven for pests. The only long-term way of ensuring a future free of pests is enlisting the help of professionals to monitor the situation and make pest control visits when necessary.

Rentokil formerly Oliver Exterminating has been trusted since 1956, giving personal and thorough pest control care for residents of Puerto Rico and surrounding areas. We make it our mission to provide the best pest management possible and help you to maintain a pest-free home or work environment. To learn more, contact our residential pest control experts today!

Best Pest-Proofing Tips For Fall


Cleaning your home can help prevent fall pest infestations in Puerto Rico - Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating

Worried about the colder months ahead? Seasonal pest infestations spike this time of year as insects and rodents alike start to make their way indoors in preparation for colder weather. Once inside, these pests will gladly settle in and enjoy the endless sources of food, water, and shelter that your Puerto Rico home provides. The last thing you want to deal with in the months ahead are pests inside your property. This is why fall pest-proofing is so important to protect your home. Keep reading for Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating’s best tips for protecting your home from pests this fall and winter.

Top Tips to Pest-Proof Your Home This Fall

Some of the most common pests we deal with this time of year include cockroaches, rodents, and spiders, among others. The best way to keep them outside where they belong is to implement pest exclusion tactics. Our best pest-proofing tips for fall include:

  1. Ensure your basements, attics, and crawl spaces are well ventilated and dry. Pests and insects love moisture. Consider using a dehumidifier in moisture-filled areas.
  2. Store all firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and keep your yard clean and tidy. Trim back trees and shrubs that are too close to the home.
  3. Thoroughly inspect items before bringing them indoors. This includes boxes of your seasonal decorations, grocery bags, package deliveries, and more. The last thing you want is to carry pests inside.
  4. Consider replacing your weather-stripping. Also repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows. These are easy ways to keep not only pests, but also cold air out of the house.
  5. Promptly pick up your pets’ food dishes after they’re done eating. Pet food left out on the floor, in the garage, or even outdoors is an easy target for insects and rodents alike.
  6. Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens. Torn window screens and cracks under doors are an ideal entry point for household pests. Opening a window without a screen is a sure way to invite the pests right in.
  7. Make sure your drainage system is functioning properly. Install gutters or repair your existing system to help draw water away from the home. Quickly fix or replace any leaky pipes contributing to moisture issues inside.
  8. Install screens wherever there is an opening in your property: attic vents, chimney openings, mail slots, animal doors, and more.
  9. Seal any cracks or crevices using caulk and steel wool on the perimeter of your property. Pay special attention to areas where utility pipes enter.
  10. Clean your home on a regular basis. Wipe down your kitchen counters, store food in sealed containers, and use a trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Crumbs and accessible garbage will draw pests of all types.

Seasonal Pest Control Services in Puerto Rico

At Rentokil, we know how distressing a pest problem can be any time of the year. Because they are more likely to come inside during the fall and winter, contact our home exterminators now to see how we can help safeguard your home.