If you currently have an infestation of German cockroaches, you may not know how to control the pests. After all, they reproduce quite quickly, and a few bugs can quickly become a full-blown colony.
German cockroaches don't necessarily take residence in your home because you are unclean. The insects or one of their egg sacs can easily hitch a ride into your dwelling on a suitcase after a visit to a hotel, and since they can live for a prolonged period on just water, they are hardy enough to withstand a short span without food.
Here are a few measures you can take to get rid of these pests:
Since many of the German cockroaches that may be in your home often remain out of sight within cracks, crevices and wall spaces, it can be difficult to reach the bugs with insecticide spray alone. Gel baits are designed to be eaten by the bugs and transferred back to the nests.
After a bait-poisoned roach reaches the nest and dies, it becomes food for the other roaches in the nest. When they feed on the dead bug, they become poisoned too. This cycle continues until many of the roaches are eradicated.
Gel baits often use poisons such as fipronil which are fast-acting but still allow the roach to live long enough to return to its nest.
The baits can be applied to the corners of your cabinets and baseboards. Although some gel baits darken as they dry, they don't tend to be noticeable when properly placed in cracks and crevices. Additionally, since they have little odor, the baits are usually well tolerated by people with sensitive noses.
Although insecticide sprays are not as far-reaching as gel baits, they can be effective at controlling where the bugs venture in your home. By spraying the baseboards of your home, you can help form a barrier that the roaches will be reluctant to cross. Those that do travel through the insecticide usually die.
When spraying and using gel bait, it is important to avoid contaminating the bait with the spray. The roaches will not eat contaminated bait.
Bug Birth Control
Since German cockroaches tend to be quite prolific, it can also be helpful to purchase insect control chemicals that disrupt the reproductive cycle of the roaches. These insect growth regulators can help prevent the production of new eggs and make it easier to eliminate an infestation.
For professional help with a German cockroach infestation, contact a pest control company like Aloha Termite Kauai Inc.