Cockroaches, treatment options
Cockroaches, treatment options:
Cockroaches are less of a problem or pest control companies regarding treatment. This is because 15 years ago the only way to deal with cockroach infestations was with a residual insecticide spray. This would work but only if the surfaces were clean, grease & dust free. As cockroaches like to live inside fridges, cookers and other electrical equipment and are often present in kitchens where hygiene is not brilliant then control with sprays would fail or only achieve partial success. Basically then it was the same problem that we have with bed bugs now which is the preparation is more time consuming and important than the treatment itself. Getting success with block treatments for cockroaches using sprays was virtually impossible.
With the arrival of cockroach baits (Maxforce & Goliath being the 2 main products) treatments became easier. Hygiene is still important but not essential. The baits are virtually harmless to mammals, which removes a problem and work by poisoning the cockroach that eats the bait, killing any cockroaches that eat the poisoned cockroaches body or droppings. This domino process works for 4 times. So cockroaches eating the body or droppings of a poisoned cockroach also produce toxic bodies and droppings for four more layers.
At PEST UK we always do 2 visits usually leaving a 2-3 week interval. We have moved from Maxforce to Advion which works the same way only quicker. On the 2nd visit the technician looks for bodies, looks for signs of activity (also asks the customer what they have seen) and lays non toxic monitoring traps so the customer can see if there is any more activity. He may even top up baits if activity is still present. In severe infestations a 3rd visit may be needed but this is rare and can usually be predicted from the initial inspection. Cockroach jobs vary throughout our service area (Reading, Newbury, High Wycombe, Slough, Wokingham, Camberley, Bracknell, Farnham, Woking, Marlow, Henley on Thames, Aldershot & Guildford) the built up areas with high density populations having more problems.
So far there have not been any resistance or behavioral problems using these baits & it has revolutionized the treatment of cockroaches. It is a pity the same can’t be done for bed bugs but as these are blood feeders developing a bait will be more difficult.
For advice or a pest control treatment please phone PEST UK on 0330 100 2811. Alec Minter