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Cockroach Control MN

Cockroach control is one of the single most challenging pest control issues out there. Unfortunately, choosing any single method of cockroach extermination is setting yourself up for failure. Cockroaches are just too geared towards survival for any one method to do the trick. Instead, the best method of cockroach control is a comprehensive plan that includes keeping a sanitary home along with the use of baits, dusts, pheromone traps, growth regulators, and when necessary, insecticides.

Keep a Clean House
In order to combat a cockroach control problem, it’s important to understand how these bugs think. Cockroaches in house are survivors, and as such, their primary concerns include eating, drinking, and making more cockroaches. As long as there’s shelter and a source of food and water present, they will do their best to make themselves at home. That being said, the first step in any cockroach extermination is making things a little less hospitable. Make sure all foodstuffs are sealed and stored away when they’re not being used and never leave food out that’s not being eaten. That includes dirty dishes, old pizza boxes, crumbs on the floor, even dog food should be put away at night. Also, be sure to fix any leaky pipes as cockroaches are drawn to those high moisture areas as well.

Find out Where They’re Living
Once you’ve addressed your end of the problem, the next step in cockroach control is identifying where they’re living so you can try to close off and eliminate those areas. Look for cracks, holes, and other small spaces behind counters, appliances and in cabinets. Cockroaches in house like tight, dark places, and spend about all of their lives there. By identifying these places and sealing them off (usually with some kind of caulking material), you’re taking another big step towards on getting grid of your unwanted guests.

Poison Central
Once you’ve identified where your infestation problem has its origins, you can start assaulting that area with wide range of cockroach extermination products. Baits and dusts make for great cockroach solutions for several reasons. First of all, the poison kills any cockroach that comes in contact with them. Secondly, cockroaches are cannibals and any dead cockroach will quickly be eaten by others. If a cockroach dies of poisoning, then all the cockroaches who snack on him are likely to suffer the same fate.

Pheromone Traps and Growth Regulators
Besides poisoning, pheromone traps are an effective form of cockroach control as well. The traps emit a pheromone scent that cockroaches interpret as another roach ready to mate. They are attracted to the trap, head inside for some good times, and quickly find themselves stuck and dying. The other product that addresses the reproductive side of things are growth regulators. It’s a spray that when applied to immature cockroaches damages their ability to reproduce, heading the problem off at the source.

Should You Use Insecticide?
Insecticides haven’t proven to be as effective with cockroaches in house as with some other insects. Because of their high reproductive rate, many cockroach communities have developed resistance to insecticides, and cockroaches will often retreat from a treated area to another place in the house until the insecticide wears off. You might not see too many roaches for a while, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be back, either.

By far the best approach to cockroach control includes utilizing all of the tactics mentioned above, and more if you can find them. Also, keep in mind that cockroaches give even the pros a rough time. Honestly, your chances of getting rid of them yourself are pretty slim. If you’re suffering from a cockroach infestation, your best bet is to call in a pest control company with a proven track record of total cockroach extermination.

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What Can I Do To Get Rid of Cockroaches?

What Homeowners Can Do

Inspection: first, inspect the entire kitchen area, under sinks, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave oven, other cooking appliances, bathroom cabinets, draws, basement and sub-floor crawlspace (if any) for likely high activity and harborage areas. Look for cockroaches, alive or dead, their feces and egg sacs.


Identification: place “sticky” glue traps in any likely high activity areas. At night sneak into the kitchen, turn on the lights and observe any cockroach activity. Observe where they scurry to. Place your sticky traps near these areas to collect and identify the species and the source of infestation.


Food, shelter and water – we all need it, so do cockroaches. Make your home unfit for cockroaches, where possible, take away their food, water and restrict shelter and access points into the kitchen and they will almost certainly move somewhere else.


Starve them out – keep all food in sealed containers. Particularly at night, do not leave food scraps exposed in the kitchen or waste storage areas. Thoroughly clean all benches and food preparation areas, particularly between counters and appliances. Regularly vacuum accessible likely harborage and high activity areas, carpets, drapes, furniture, kitchen and bathroom cupboards in order to remove cockroach eggs and food deposits.


Cockroaches need water and will thrive in damp sub-floor crawl space areas, near leaking taps, etc. Ensure adequate drainage and ventilation. Regularly check and fix any plumbing problems, broken roof tiles, etc that may allow or cause moisture ingress to potential cockroach harborage areas. Wipe kitchen sink of moisture before retiring or going out at night. Turn off leaking taps.


Reduce shelter and access points: seal all cracks and crevices in bathroom, pantry and kitchen cupboards. Store all cardboard boxes and the like above ground level. Cockroaches do not like drafty exposed areas, or bright lights. A good reason why some restaurants keep lights on at night around their dumpster waste bins.

Inspection

A thorough inspection is key to a successful cockroach management plan. It helps to determine the best treatment method. The purpose of an inspection is not only to sight cockroach life stages, but also to locate the source of the infestation whether associated with sewer areas, wall voids, or any moist, warm and dark places in a building.

How much does it cost?

Onsite appraisal is needed to determine the exact cost. The treatment cost depends on size of the house, ease of access to various parts of the building. Commercial premises need to be appraised on a specific basis.

Since they can hide in so many places, they are not easy to eradicate. Unless you have a lot of time at your disposal, and limitless patience, it is advisable to get a professional in pest control. Experts know where to look for them, as well as how to get rid of them.

 

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