Cockroach infestations should be addressed as soon as possible. Home remedies may take care of a portion but by taking precious time to eliminate. Businesses properties(and homes)may not only suffer from the pests. Reputations may be at risk and result in loss of income.
Once a cockroach infestation gets started, its severity is usually determined by the resources available for cockroach survival–food, water and harborage.The biggest cockroach problems are often in homes where there is a clutter problem because, the more stuff people have, especially in the kitchen, the more hiding places for roaches. But, clean, neat and tidy kitchens can still have roaches. For example, cockroaches can hide underneath the labels of canned goods and eat the paste off the labels.
Because cockroaches tend to frequent garbage cans, sewers and other disease-laden locations, germs attach to it’s body that can transfer to food contact surfaces (utensils, plates) during the normal course of roach activities. This includes disease-causing bacteria: Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, Streptococcus (pneumonia), several helminths (hookwoorm, pinworms, tapeworms), and even viruses (poliomyelitis). If this isnt convincing that these pests are bad to live with, cockroaches also produce a powerful allergen that causes allergies and asthma.
The biggest problem in U.S. kitchens is the German cockroach, Blattella germanica. It is a small cockroach, with two distinctive longitudinal stripes just behind its head. The German cockroach requires moisture regularly, has a high reproductive rate and is small enough to live in small cracks and crevices. Infestations are often at it’s worst in the late summer months.
The standard method of treating for cockroaches has been to spray insecticides on baseboards and in cupboards, with the hope that cockroaches will crawl across the band of dried insecticide and the residue left from the application will kill the pests.This type of treatment is not very effective. Reasons why include:
Cockroaches do not live behind baseboards, but live in dark, damp locations near food and water sources. Efforts to locate and treat these hiding places are much more effective.
Insecticides are not 100 percent effective and, unless efforts are made to reduce food, water and harborage, populations of the prolific German cockroach are likely to rebound.
Cockroaches species, including the German cockroach, have developed insecticidal resistance to many insecticides.
Most insecticidal sprays, especially aerosol treatments, don’t have much residual activity. This is also true of “bomb” type applications.
Tools and Tips for Success:German Cockroaches Feeding
It is possible to eradicate cockroaches, but effort and persistence must be greater than the reproductive rate. To be successful, a multi-tactic approach must be used. This means not relying on a single strategy (like sprays), but using several types of control tactics.
Sanitation efforts alone (eliminating food, water, harborage) may not be enough to eliminate a cockroach problem, but will reduce the population and make other control efforts work better.
Getting rid of clutter is extremely important.
Eliminating water and food will make roaches move farther to obtain them and come into contact with baits and other control tactics.
Cleaning cupboards and under/around appliances is important. Keep a vacuum cleaner handy. Vacuuming roaches is an easy way to make a dent in the population. Just be sure to take the vacuum cleaner bag outside afterwards.
Because roaches usually travel pretty close to the hiding areas, use sticky traps (glue boards) to see where roaches are hiding. Replace the glue boards when the surface is covered with roaches. Over time, glue boards will indicate how well controls are working and identify new infestations.
The biggest improvement in controlling cockroaches in recent years is the availability of effective bait products. These are available in small plastic containers (bait stations) or as a dispensable gel. Baits use fipronil, hydamethylnon, boric acid or abamectin as their active ingredient. Use gel baits (best) or bait stations in areas where roaches are caught on sticky traps. Bait areas where roach specks are foundï¿½these are locations where roaches spend a lot of time.
Use boric acid dusts in wall voids or under appliances. Boric acid, used alone, isn’t terribly effective, but a good supplementary treatment. When roaches walk through it, it sticks to their body. They ingest it as they groom themselves and it is a slow-acting stomach poison.
Dusts of silica dioxide or diatomaceous earth kill roaches by abrading their waxy cuticle and desiccating them. Use these in wall voids.
Use cold or hot temperatures to kill roaches. If roaches get into electronic appliances, bag them and put them in the freezer overnight.
Cockroaches can enter businesses in many ways, including through doors, windows, vents, plumbing, cracks or holes in walls and floors, or via supplier deliveries.A few Roaches can multiply quickly once inside, prevention is the key.Pest management in commercial facilities starts with a thorough understanding of cockroach biology and behavior.Treatment techniques that conform to industry standards, ensuring one of the smartest and most effective cockroach management programs available.Commercial Pest Specialists are screened and randomly drug tested. Training in specific protocols for the industry, as well as federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
Business building Year-round monitoring, documentation, and communication help to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of services.Experienced Ampm service specialists know local regulations and health codes. Identifying structural and sanitation threats in the facility and remove the risk of a Roach infestation.
Cockroach infestations not only carry and spread diseases, but can tarnish business reputation, tenant satisfaction and profit bottom line. Some pests can even destroy and seriously damage building infrastructure, leading to expensive repairs and possible building violations.Ampm Commercial pest control specailist specialize in treating protecting commercial space & commercial retail and office spaces.Pest control specilist specialize in manufacturing facility or warehouse pests that compromise packaging, threaten product quality, prevent unsanitary conditions for workers or result in regulatory fines.