One common household pest is the German cockroach. This species of roach tends to live indoors and only thrives in areas inhabited by people. The German cockroach usually lives in homes and apartment buildings, and it can be transferred from place to place unknowingly by humans. Roaches can travel on luggage, purses, or other belongings to infest a new location.
If you have German cockroaches in your home, you may have tried repeatedly to rid your house of them. If you were unsuccessful, it could be because you did not use a multifaceted approach to eliminate the pests. Here are several pest control methods that can be used together to eliminate German cockroaches.
Gel baits are insecticide-laden gels that attract German cockroaches and serve as a food source for them. Once the roaches eat the gel, death is not immediate. The roaches have enough time to go back to their hiding places or nests. There, the roaches usually die from the poisoning. However, instead of the gel bait only eliminating the roaches that consumed the bait directly, the bait can also impact additional roaches.
Baby roaches feed on the carcasses of other dead roaches. As the roaches feed, they are also ingesting the gel bait and are subsequently killed.Thus, gel baits can serve as an effective way of eliminating roaches in their nests.
The bait should be placed in the corners of cabinets, behind appliances, and in other dark places where you have noticed signs of roach activity, such as empty egg casings or roach droppings. German cockroach excrement looks similar to black pepper.
Insecticide sprays can be used in conjunction with the gel baits, but it is important not to cross-contaminate. The roaches will not eat the gel bait if there is insecticidal spray on it. The spray should be used along baseboards to kill roaches that cross the spray border and encourage the insects to stay in the baited areas.
Insect Growth Regulators
Insect growth regulators can be used to interrupt the growth cycle of the German cockroach and stop it from breeding. This can be especially helpful, because as the gel bait and spray kill the roaches, a new generation is not produced. Insect growth regulators can be mixed with sprays or applied on discs that already contain the substances.
To learn more ways to treat a German cockroach infestation, schedule an appointment with a pest control specialist in your area such as Paffy's Pest Control.