Cockroaches are plaguing residents in city apartment building

Dave Stewart
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Eden Street building invaded by the insects

A Charlottetown pest control company says German cockroaches and bed bugs are the two most common infestations they deal with.

Rob Gallant, who owns Atlantic Graduate Pest Management, said the German cockroach poses a health risk, too.

"The German cockroach eats the same food you and I eat. They're coming out of the sewer pipe, drain pipe, walking all over your food so they contaminate your food,'' Gallant said.

"They are also a major contributor to asthma attacks. Big thing with them is they spread disease.''

He said it is a problem that occurs across the province.

"They're here and they're real. There was a time when P.E.I. thought it was exempt from them . . . but they're here and we deal with them on a regular basis now.''

He said the cockroach can grow as big as an inch and a half. Although it has wings, it doesn't tend to fly very well.

"German cockroaches multiply very, very quickly, they really do. They have an egg capsule (in which one can give birth to) 120 cockroaches.''

Gallant said only a professional should attempt to eradicate an infestation. The initial treatment involves knocking down the population.

Cockroaches crawling our of coffee cups, toasters and drain pipes. Residents of building

"They are in your walls, in your plumbing, in your electrical. So we go in and do an initial knock down and then what we call a baiting program.''

The next process is educating people on what to do and not do to ensure the insects stay gone.

"There's no such thing as a good cockroach.''

Organizations: Atlantic Graduate Pest Management

Geographic location: Eden Street, Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • Bryan
    February 25, 2016 - 23:58

    Agreed, there's no such thing as good cockroach. You really need a professional for serious infestation problem. I have been dealing with cockroaches for years and decided to write a detailed roach guide to help out anyone who needs solution for it. DIY actually works for prevention and minor infestation.

  • Islander
    January 03, 2016 - 15:27

    I rented in Charlottetown a few years ago and lived in an infested appartment with these cockroaches for about 8 months before my landlord did anything about it. They were able to get inside our fridge and everything. Eventually the landlord got someone in to check the place out and they were exterminated - however, not without the landlord blaming the infestation on me.

  • Just Can,t help Myself.
    January 02, 2016 - 13:36

    Another name for this type of infestations is called Politicians and Hacks. You just can,t get rid of the big bad ones. They're here and they're real. There was a time when P.E.I. thought it was exempt from them . . . but they're here and we deal with them on a regular basis now.'' Just no getting rid of the bad ones. The hold Island is infested not just Charlottetown.

  • John MacInnis
    January 02, 2016 - 13:29

    Right now there are a lot of houses and apartment buildings in Charlottetown that are very infested with bed bugs, and I'm not very familiar with German cockroaches, but at least bed bugs don't want your food, they just want a little bitty of your blood. DDT was banned in Canada in the '70s or '80s, and that stuff used to work really good getting rid of pests. My family had an infestation of bed bugs in '76, and DDT did the trick to get rid of 'em.

  • Dug
    January 02, 2016 - 12:39

    Where's Ricky The Exterminator when you need him ??