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If you have a German Roach problem, it could be that you are at your wits' end wondering how to get rid of one of the most stubborn household pests in existence. German Roaches get into everything, multiply rapidly, and can survive for several months without food and up to two weeks without water. These little guys definitely pose a challenge, but with the proper tools and products, you can win the battle over German Roaches by using the following steps:
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STEP 1- Keep the Place Clean
Sanitation is by far the most important component of any pest control effort! Failure to practice good housekeeping is the primary reason for outbreaks of German Roaches. Like most pests, German Roaches require 3 things to thrive-food, water, and harborage. If you can eliminate even one of these things through proper sanitation, the roach population will be forced to either die or move someplace else. We will discuss how to eliminate or drastically reduce the availability of each of the elements that roaches require for survival. First however, it is vital to understand that in order for any of the following IPM components to work against German Roaches, sanitation must continually be practiced and remain the backbone of the program.
STEP 2- Eliminate Food Sources
Eliminating food sources is a constant battle in German Roach control. While this effort involves a great deal of work and vigilance, the results are well worth the effort.
STEP 3- Eliminate Water Sources
While it is nearly impossible to eliminate all water sources, even greatly limiting available sources will cause negative stress on a German Roach population. Fewer water sources to go around means that many roaches will die.
STEP 4- Spray 'em Dead
If the German Roach infestation is limited to the kitchen and bathroom only (i.e. you have not see any roaches in any other areas of your home) you may be able to get away with using baits only. In apartment buildings where roaches come down from other units through wall voids, it is absolutely essential to include dusts and roach sprays in your german roach control program. The idea with dusting and spraying is that the chemical settles where pest travel and hide-along baseboards, walls, and deep inside cracks and crevices. Immersed in enough chemical for a long enough period of time, German Roaches will begin to die.
STEP 5- Use Roach Baits for Complete Control
Next to sanitation, the next most important and essential component to an IPM program for German Roaches is baiting. By using gel bait placements in areas of highest travel, German Roach infestations can be reduced by up to 90% or eliminated completely within weeks. The idea behind baits is that each roach that feeds on the poisoned bait can contaminate up to 40 other roaches by way of contact, feces, or the other roaches feeding on its poisoned carcass. This domino effect knocks out roach populations at an incredible rate. Top of the line superior bait formulations for German Roach control include Maxforce FC Roach Gel and Advion Roach Bait Gel. All are effective, but it could be that a given German Roach population prefers one formula over another, so you may want to try several baits in succession with a couple of weeks in between to measure success.
The following image shows a german roach next to a Maxforce FC Roach Bait Station:
Gel bait and bait stations should be placed in the following locations for greatest efficacy:
Note: Residual spray insecticides should not be used in the kitchen or bathroom where bait placement exists, as the spray insecticides will repel roaches from baited areas, making it impossible for the bait to take effect and do its job.
Bait should be reapplied every 4 weeks or when placements appear to be used up, for heavy infestations.
STEP 6- Stop the Infestation for Good with IGRs
Even if baits, chemicals, and sanitation work to successfully kill off the present adult roach population, there will still exist egg sacs that hatch within 1 to 2 months after that last adult roach is sighted. That is why your german roach control program must include an IGR, or Insect Growth Regulator.
What is an IGR? An IGR is a chemical used to disrupt and impede the life cycle of insects in the egg and larvae stage of development. The idea with an IGR is that if an insect cannot reach adulthood, it cannot reproduce. In short, IGR is a form of "birth control" for German Roaches and other pests, which helps to keep populations under control by preventing current and future infestations.
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