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Detecting and Eliminating Cockroach Infestations
Effectively detecting and gauging the presence of roaches is a crucial factor for good cockroach pest control. These pests tend to dwell in specific areas typically dark, damp and hard to reach ones. Any solution aimed at eliminating them would be much more effective when focused in these areas.
Now this begs the question, what are some of the best ways of detecting and gauging cockroach infestations? Well there are certainly a couple of tools or materials that any property owner can do to accomplish just that. One good example are "cockroach traps" which are basically little and open-ended boxes that contain a special substance that joins and restrains cockroaches on contact. Use these traps to locate problem areas and assess whether or not your cockroach problem requires further treatment. Traps are particularly effective for capturing frequent invades but it's not enough to bury a full blown colony. Install these traps near walls, benefit kitchen sinks, basements, cabinets and similar areas. Give it two or three days and if your traps do not snag anything then move it somewhere else.
Cockroach Chemical Control
Let's say you have detected and successfully pinpointed areas which harbor the bulk of your cockroach problem, now what? As mentioned earlier, traps are insufficient when it comes to dealing with an established cockroach colony so move on to the next phase – Chemical control.
Cockroach insecticides are the most proven solution for eliminating cockroach infestations and they actually come in various types. It would be best to use them in combination for more effective results. Remember that that all cockroach insecticides have labels that provide important details and instruction for safe and effective use. Take the time to review and follow all instructions when using insecticides which can prove harmful to humans and pest with improper use.
Types of cockroach chemical control insecticides
• Residual insecticide spray – yields a poisonous deposit on areas that it comes in contact with which will continue to kill cockroaches for a specific period of time (usually 3 to 4 weeks). Best applied on areas where these pests often hide and scavenge in search of food such as wall cracks and small crevices. Apply until the surface becomes moist but take care not to overdo it. More importantly, make sure that you apply it in well ventilated areas to avoid suffocation and potential contact. Evacuate the area being treated and isolated for at least 24 hours.
• Non-residual – Kills roaches on contact and will not eradicate a full blown infestation all by itself. It is particularly useful though when used in combination with residual insecticides. Non residual insecticides are not particularly harmful to humans and pets and application does not require people to vacate the premises but contain active elements like resmethrin which can irritate roaches thereby flushing them out of hiding places and herding them into areas that have been previously covered with residual insecticides.
• Insecticide dust – It is particularly useful for penetrating narrow hard to reach areas that can not be reached by insecticide sprays. It's highly recommended as a finishing touch to any cockroach pest control treatment.