Explain How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches.

Explain how to get rid of cockroaches. To get rid of cockroaches you have to go to the source. No one likes to share their home with insects, especially cockroaches. So what's the best way to get rid of...

No one likes to share their home with insects, especially cockroaches. So what's the best way to get rid of them?

Stoy Hedges, an entomologist and Director of Technical Services for Terminix International says, "To get rid of them, we have to go to the source. In the case of German cockroaches, we may have dozens of places in the kitchens and bathrooms that need to be treated daily. People attempt to do this by themselves and sometimes they are successful. Many times they end up calling a pressure pest control company like Terminix to come in, because they have the experience and know where to apply."

The first step in eliminating roaches is identifying the species. "Getting rid of cockroaches depends on what type of cockroaches you are dealing with. Whether we talk about ants, spiders, or anything else, it depends on the type that is involved. That's where the expertise of a professional comes in handy, in identifying the type and knowing what its habits are. The professional knows what its preferences are, and where it likes to live. He or she finds those areas and applies the appropriate treatment," explains Hedges.

Next, we have to identify the means of entry. "You have to find the sources outside and apply appropriate bait product or treatment to those sites. Also, it is very helpful if people put insect screening on the vents, foundation vents, and attic vents. They also need to seal up cracks and holes around the exterior of the house. This will help to exclude outdoor cockroaches," Hedges says.

It is also helpful to make your home a less hospitable environment for the pests. First thing, don't share your food. Keep food stuffs in containers such as those made of plastic or glass. Keep things cleaned up, washed and sealed. Vacuum crevices and areas where crumbs may fall. Remove favorite hiding places, like stacks of wood, newspapers, boxes, and make certain your trash containers have tight-fitting lids. Fix leaks, to deny the easy water source for the pests, and try to keep moisture-ridden areas well ventilated. Don't build a harbor for cockroaches by allowing materials to be stacked or piled too near the home, and consider keeping shrubbery and vines to a well-trimmed minimum to ensure plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Look for cracks and crevices that are insect-inviting places. Seal or caulk where practical.

Now, on to the actual extermination process. Hedges explains the most common scenario. "If you are talking about the German cockroach, you can use a variety of baits. There are bait stations. There are gel formulations that you need to put in a closed environment to the active harborages. There are dust products that we use. We apply that treatment to the wall where cockroaches might live. If we are dealing with a larger cockroach species, there is a granular bait we might use. Apply those in or near where these cockroaches frequent to try to reduce the populations outdoors."

What products are best left alone? "Some people use water-based or liquid materials. They apply this hoping insects will crawl across it. This is probably the least effective of the methods," Hedges says.

Another product unlikely to succeed are the ultrasonic pest control devices. The Federal Trade Commission has been cracking down on manufacturers and retailers of such products for making false claims about effectiveness in pest control. Research has shown the products to have no real effect, and certainly no lasting effect in helping decrease insect or rodent populations.

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