Meet The German Roach
German roach control is the most common pest control operation in America. The German roach is the most common household pest and probably always will be.
They multiply fast. When you begin to see roaches out in the open scurrying about you have a huge roach population. Time to do German roach control!
According to the University of Florida, the German cockroach has three life stages typical of insects with incomplete metamorphosis: the egg, nymph, and adult. The entire life-cycle of this pest is about 100 days. However, factors such as temperature, nutritional status, and strain differences may influence the time required to complete a life cycle. German cockroaches breed continuously with many overlapping generations present at any one time. Under ideal conditions, population growth is UF / IFAS Extension. Actively growing populations are made up of around 80 percent nymphs and 20 percent adults. The German cockroach is omnivorous, eating table scraps, pet food, and even book bindings. source:
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German roach control is the most common pest control operation in America. The German roach is the most common household pest and probably always will be. They can be seen in kitchens and bathrooms when you flick the light on at night. But they will live anywhere where food and water can be found.
German Roaches the Most Common Indoor Pest
German Cockroach Control is performed more than any other pest control service because German roaches are the number one household pest in America. German cockroaches gain entrance to your structure through grocery bags and boxes, used kitchen appliances, visitor’s purses, or on your britches leg, but they are usually carried in somehow. WE call them the best “Hitch-hiker” in America.
Once inside they make themselves at home. They eat the same food humans eat, plus pet food, toothpaste, and glue. Not hard to please, eh? They live in kitchen drawers, cabinets and under the sink and in your refrigerator motor, and in your toaster. They hide in cracks and crevices and wall voids under calendars on the wall, you name it, If its dark, close to food and water, and has close surfaces so they can feel something on their chest and their back, they are happy.
German cockroaches are most active at night leaving their harbourage to find food and water. they hid under cupboards, behind cabinets, in wall voids and around motor housings in appliances where they spend 75% of their time. If we are seeing German roaches during the day, this is a sign of a large roach population. Overcrowded harbourage areas force some of them out in the open looking for a new place to hide.
How to kill German roaches – German Roach Control
Begins by inspecting grocery bags, boxes, and other things that are known to bring in roaches. Or just throw them away. Stacks of newspapers and old magazines, toss the. In kitchens and bathrooms use a gel bait like Alpine Roach Gel bait.
German Roach Control with Alpine Cockroach Gel Bait
This product can be applied as spots or as a line along cracks and crevices. Gel bait should be applied directly into cracks and crevices where insects hide. Place the applicator tip directly into cracks and crevices and deposit gel in small spots or in a continuous bead. Bait should be in the void area and not on open or exposed surfaces.
Application within food areas of food handling establishments is limited to cracks and crevices where insects hide. To apply Alpine Roach Gel Bait, remove the cap from tip of applicator tube. Apply gel in a 3 – 6 mm diameter bead (0.25 – 0.50 g). Manufacturer recommends about 10 bait placements per 100 sq. ft. for use under conditions with low to moderate infestation. For more severe infestations, about 20 bait placements per 100 sq. ft. may be needed. Numerous small applications are preferable to fewer larger applications. Bait should not be used in open areas or on surfaces where contamination of food or food handling equipment may occur. Replace cap when finished dispensing gel. Reapply gel if previous applications are no longer visible and/ or reinfestation occurs.
Clean out German Roach Control
The gel bait is a simple solution that will do a good job on most mild infestations, but if you’ve waited too long and have a large roach population you’re going to need to bring all your guns. You need a German roach control “clean out”.
- Use the gel bait first. (See the Alpine Cockroach Gel Bait label for bait placement instructions.)
- Dust inside wall voids with an insecticide dust.
- Borid dust is inexpensive and does a good job.
- You’ll need a dust applicator for the best dust application.
- Apply insecticide dust as a light powder so roaches won’t notice it and walk through it, not around it. A good hand duster can help direct the dust on target with just the right amount of air to enhance the dusting effect.
- Apply a good pesticide with knock-down and residual.
- Fenvastar Plus, it’s like Conquer, but it’s almost three times as strong.
- It’s inexpensive and available in all 50 states for DIY pest control.
- Use Fenvastar Plus, mixed with water, in a pump sprayer, such as the B&G Home Professional Sprayer, capable of spraying pesticides. TIP: Garden type sprayers will freeze up and stop working after just a few pesticide uses. You need a sprayer with gaskets and seals made of Viton. Sprayers of the highest quality use Viton seals and gaskets. Keeping this sprayer clean and exercising moderate care this sprayer will give years of good service.
- Read the product label for mixing and application instructions. This liquid pesticide application is made to provide residual barrier (30 days)
- Adding an I.G.R. (insect growth regulator to your tank mix will cut the time to gaining control over German roaches in half and assure success. I like Archer I.G.R. because it mixes well and has proven successful in our daily use.
- When using an IGR you are coating the eggs that the female German roach has already laid. Pesticides don’t affect these eggs and when the babies hatch they will continue to breed more German roaches, so unless you break their life cycle you will have to battle roaches over and over again. By adding and IGR to your tank mix you are assuring the young hatchlings will be born sterile, thus ending the lifecycle and enabling you to gain full control with just a few treatments.
- Doing a monthly maintenance treatment or using gel bait will assure your home stays a pest free zone.
Follow these tips and strategies to make the best German roach control today.