Cockroach can survive in an extreme condition. Even cockroach without head can survive long enough to crawl around for a few days. There are around 4000 varies of species which consists of 6 families of different cockroaches. Although there are 4000 type of cockroaches but only a few brings trouble to human.
To control cockroach from infest, you should learn how to identify the common type of cockroaches as some are strongly resistant to certain type of pesticides that is used on other type of cockroach. The most common Cockroaches are American cockroach and German cockroach. Below are a short summarize of the characteristic of the most common cockroach.
It is found in the southern United States which is the largest of these 3 common species. Besides American cockroach, it is also known as water or palmetto bug. Through mankind and transportation, these cockroaches have spread throughout the country and becoming more adaptable to the environment. Flying cockroaches like American cockroach can fly around and prefer cooler area. It is much easier to control compare to German roaches.
Originally it is originated from Africa. These cockroaches are not so adaptable to colder climates. Even if there is, it will be living near to human housing area where we produce heat as much we needed. Often it is found in hotel, restaurant and hospital. It moves with a large group and most of the time is seen in daylight. It releases pungent odor to protect itself. One main thing of German cockroach we need to care about is that they reproduce very fast.
Controlling this pest may not sound easy as it seems but with the right steps you can get rid of it easily without mess and hassle. First to control, you will have to identify the source where this cockroach crawl out. It can be in your cupboard, drain or even sinkhole.
Without identifying them, using cockroach repellent will not work by means of spraying and placing pesticide without knowing anything.
After you found the source or roughly guess where it is coming from, you may choose either to use pesticide or any other methods which are suitable. Pesticide is the best if you want to completely kill all the cockroaches in your house. The reason why is simply because it will bring the poison back to its nest. If there is an army of cockroach for example German cockroach, you may want to use glue trap.
Making sure everything is clear and past will not be the future again; I would suggest you to use moth balls or bay leaves to place around the place where it is previously infested. Cockroach control is one of the important ways to keep cockroach from reproducing and bring diseases.
No one likes cockroaches living in their house or apartment. Fortunately, there are pest control products out there, and precautions you can take that can get rid of roaches for good.
There are many different species of cockroaches. You may have more than one species of cockroach in your house or apartment. Each species may have different characteristics. Cockroaches have evolved over millions of years so they have become harder to kill. But with today’s technology, pesticides have become more powerful than ever.
Keep Your House Clean
Keeping your house clean will prevent cockroaches from having a source of food. Unfortunately, cockroaches have the ability to survive 2-3 months without food. This in combination with the roaches’ rapid reproduction can leave quite a problem. Despite this fact, it is still important to keep things clean to minimize the chance of attracting roaches.
Kill Roaches Using Live Traps
Live traps are great for killing roaches. You simply place the traps around your house and let the poison do the rest. Traps are also give you the great advantage to determine where the most roaches are. Check to see which traps have more dead roaches around them. These areas may need additional treatment because it is where most of the roaches are.
Using sprays is a great way to kill cockroaches. They can come in the form of a liquid or a powder. Powdered insecticides are usually more toxic and cover larger areas.
Keep in mind that you don’t want to use insecticides around your traps because this will keep roaches away from them.
Use Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs)
IGRs are a great way to eliminate roaches. Unlike sprays that target the cockroaches’ nervous system, IGRs target immature roaches so they can’t reproduce as adults. Controlling the population of roaches will give you a huge boost towards eliminating your roach problem. Taking out the roaches ability to reproduce is quite a big step.
It is a good idea to use IGRs in combination with insecticides that attack the central nervous system. This will ensure that both the younger and older cockroaches will be eliminated.
Use Traps First
It is recommended that you start out with using traps first, and then use the insecticides. Like I said before, this will give you the advantage of knowing where most of the roaches are. The traps with the dead bodies have a bigger population of roaches around them. Another reason for this is because you won’t scare the roaches away from the traps by having insecticide around them. Having insecticide around the traps makes the traps rather useless.