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Roach treatment | Part 1

A Little Info On Roach Treatments to help Eliminate Infestations

In the home:
Evaluate housekeeping and repair issues as they arise. A good treatment isn’t just about the application; it’s also about identifying and correcting sanitation and repair problems. Inspection of each account carefully is required. Sanitation is more important when using baits, because baits lose their effectiveness when they have to compete with the food scraps, grease, sugars, etc., that are available because of poor housekeeping. In addition, holes in walls, broken tiles, open cracks, leaks and drips, cardboard boxes and other clutter make cockroach control difficult, no matter how effective the tools we use. Also check to see whether cockroaches are being reintroduced in the account.

The cockroaches may cross the treated surface but that doesn’t mean they will die. It may take 30 to 60 minutes to many hours of contact with a treated surface in order for the cockroach to absorb a lethal dose. The age of the deposit and the presence of dirt and grease both play a key role in extending the contact time necessary for results.

We want to treat where the pest lives rather than where it crawls. For example, a kitchen has 20 or more active cockroach harborages. We treat all the corners, baseboards, inside and behind cabinets, behind sinks, etc. This way the roaches will go back to their hiding spots and sit in the material longer and they will pick up a lethal does faster, thus giving us quicker control over the population. You may see a few cockroaches, maybe even more then before the treatment, because we have treated all the areas they like to live in. We inject, bait, and treat voids. When we walk out of the structure, we know that we have made an impact.

It does take awhile for the IGR hydroprene (Gentrol) to affect a cockroach population. The IGR, however, is to help control the existing infestation. Gentrol is applied for the present and the inevitable future introductions of cockroaches. When new cockroaches arrive, the nymphs and subsequent offspring of the arriving adults will contact the IGR and then mature into functional nonreproductive adults. This process keeps the population at a lower level, where it will be easier to eliminate them using other methods. Research also suggests that IGRs stimulate feeding by some stages of German cockroaches to feed on baits

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