Cockroaches - GreenHow Pest and Termite Control Boston


Our structural pest control service covers most pests encountered in New England. Pest control and extermination are essential to protect your property. Your structure is simply a home for pests. Even the coldest day our area won’t kill structural pests. Our technicians are trained to find and eliminate pest problems. Greenhow training starts with our internal training on pest biology. Next, the training progresses to outside courses in integrated pest management. Finally, the training culminates in the achievement of an Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) designation. The cockroach is a pest covered by our structural pest control services.

Pests Controlled, Managed or Exterminated

No matter how you say it – pest control, pest management or extermination, you want them gone. We deal with a variety of pest infestations that can be difficult to get rid of by yourself. Our services treat all pests from ants and cockroaches all the way to ticks and termites.


The big four roach types we handle include American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, German cockroaches, and oriental cockroaches. These are not social insects with a colony. Roaches are gregarious and like to hang out with other cockroaches. As you can imagine, all roaches can be disease vectors. Bacteria and viruses are carried on the exoskeleton. They frequently move from trash and waste onto food preparation surfaces like countertops.

American cockroach in cardboard
American cockroach in cardboard

Roach Habitat

American and German cockroaches are found near moisture. American roaches need heat and humidity. In Boston, Brookline, and Newton American roaches are associated with sewers and steam tunnels. German roaches need moisture. German roaches do not need the same amount of heat that American roaches require. German roaches will be in commercial and residential kitchens and bathrooms.

Roach Extermination

Roaches are one of the most feared pests in the Boston area. Roaches are easily controlled. Our roach service starts with a thorough inspection. Greenhow Pest Control technicians identify infested areas and those conducive to infestation. Roach pheromone traps and baits are utilized to immediately control the population. Insect growth regulators are applied. Insecticides are applied in wall voids and cracks and crevices to kill the existing population.

What is an insect growth regulator? Insect growth regulators (IGR’s) use materials to change how an insect matures. In some cases, like termite control, the IGR prevents molting by keeping the insect from producing material for the exoskeleton. Insect growth regulators prevent the roach population from growing by breaking the life cycle. The roach insect growth regulator mimics a roach hormone causing immature nymphs to mature incorrectly. Roaches grow from egg to adult by gradual metamorphosis. What does gradual metamorphosis mean? It means the egg laid by an adult female roach hatches into a nymph that molts several times before becoming a reproductive adult.

Challenges to control

Sanitation and moisture can create challenges to control. Sanitation is important to get roaches interested in bait instead of alternative food sources. Moisture is a challenge because roaches thrive in hot humid environments. Hot, humid environments make it more likely insecticides will fail. Failure is due to break down, degradation and dilution.

German cockroach in cardboard, a common roach habitat
German cockroach in cardboard, a common roach habitat

Greenhow Pest Control

Greenhow Pest Control is locally owned and New England’s leading provider of effective, efficient and environmentally friendly pest control services. We have heard and seen nearly everything pest related.  Try us.  We offer simple standard service plans designed to give our customers great value.  Your peace of mind is important to us.  We price from a standard rate card and have simple to understand services and policies.  That means doing business with Greenhow is easy.

What services do we offer

We offer full pest control services for residential and commercial sites backed by the best guarantee in the business. Greenhow Pest Management is a comprehensive approach to pest control, which emphasizes structural, environmental, biological, and mechanical methods to prevent pest populations from developing. Starting with constant monitoring and thorough inspections inside and outside of the structure to identify and remedy pest-conducive conditions prior to an infestation. A comprehensive approach to pest control, which relies on inside and outside inspections to identify and prevent possible pest infestations.

The least toxic material is used when pesticides are needed. We utilize EPA reduced-risk materials  The focus is inspection and pest control strategies to control pest populations and prevent re-infestation.  We recommend the service frequency that meets your needs to ensure constant monitoring and intervention to prevent pests.

Our regular pest control service frequencies are monthly, every other month and quarterly for residential customers. For commercial customers or multi-unit residential, we offer weekly, every other week and monthly service. We do one-time service for indoor flea and tick control and hornets, wasps and yellowjackets. Mosquito and tick control services have their own service frequencies. Outdoor mosquito is monthly through the season. Tick control is offered a variety of ways depending on tick pressure.

We serve you at your property. From our office in Auburndale, Massachusetts we service most of Eastern Massachusetts from Westborough to Boston, north to Andover and east to the ocean communities of Newburyport and Manchester-by-the-Sea, south to Plymouth and west out to Mansfield and Franklin.  We service Upper Cape towns of Sandwich, Falmouth, Barnstable, and Yarmouth for termite service.  Our service area is wide for termite control. We stay closely centered around our office in Newton for lawn care. We service all or part of Essex County, Middlesex County, Suffolk County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County, Barnstable County, Bristol County, and Worcester County.

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