The used treatment method and time to get rid of a cockroach problem will vary depending on the infested area and level of infestation.
Managing cockroaches is not easy. The first thing to do is to determine where the roaches are nesting. The more hiding places are located and managed, the more successful the control program will be.
Some locations may be difficult to get to. Reduction of food and water sources and hiding places is essential. If cockroaches have access to food, baits, which are a primary control tool have limited effect and sprays alone will not eliminate cockroaches.
Although most sprays may provide a quick, temporary knockdown of cockroaches, they do not give long-term control. They might just disperse cockroaches to other areas of the building from which they may return later. Also, some cockroaches have become resistant to many insecticides that formerly controlled them.
In the case of an American cockroach infestation, spraying inside drainage manholes is a must, since its the perfect breeding place for them
Bait products are the primary pesticides used to treat cockroach infestations, they are mostly packaged as pastes or gels, most insecticides used in baits are slow acting. Consequently, an effective bait program does not give immediate results but may take 5 days or longer. Baits can be quite effective for long-term control of cockroaches unless the cockroaches have other food sources available to them, baits are usually placed in hidden spots away from the reach of humans and pets.
Preventive measures are the key to successful control. It is easier to prevent a cockroach invasion than to control an established population. The success of preventive measures requires care, planning, and sustained effort. Cleanliness in a home and elimination of favorable breeding sites lessens the possibility of cockroach infestations and reduces the need for pesticides, but these practices will not always prevent invasions from outside sources.
- Proper sanitation, both indoors and outdoors, effectively limits cockroach populations
- Do not leave unwashed dishes, kitchen utensils, and uncovered food out overnight.
- Clean up all spilled liquids
- Areas beneath and behind cabinets, furniture, sinks, stoves, and refrigerators should be cleaned often, as should cupboards, pantry shelves, and storage bins where particles of food frequently accumulate
- Kitchen waste and excess refuse should be kept in cockroach proof container and disposed of as frequently as possible
- Dry pet food should be stored in tight containers away from the kitchen and other food.
- If pets are fed indoors, leftover foods should not be allowed to remain in the feeding dish overnight
- Outdoors, garbage cans, racks, platforms, or slabs should be cleaned regularly
- Use window screens
- Eliminate hiding places
How to prepare for your pest control treatment
- Clean the home prior to the pest control visit, and maintain the home as neatly as possible for long-term results. This helps to eliminate competing food sources for insects. Additionally, when the home is clean, the roaches will be more easily attracted to the bait and not to food sources
- Cover and store any open food
- Remove foods, small appliances, and other small items from countertops
- Store and/or cover baby toys, supplies and crib if any
- Be sure that the pest control operator has free and full access to anywhere that cockroaches have been seen
- If anyone in the home has special allergy problems, is pregnant, or is under the age of one, the Pest Control Operator should be informed prior to service, and precautions are taken. All people and pets should stay out of the area being serviced for the length of time specified by the Pest Control Operator.
- Cover fish bowls and tanks with a waterproof cover
- After service, keep sanitation to as high a level as possible to allow all products to work as swiftly as possible.
- Air conditioning should be switched off during and after the treatment
- Open windows to air house thoroughly when you return back home