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Get Rid of Roaches

Summary: When it comes to German cockroach control most people will scream œNo mercy! The problem is that some roach pesticides will poison you, too! Here are a few non-toxic solutions to get rid of cockroaches.

Ray A; Bessemer, AL asks: What are all the different illness or irritations that are caused by cockroaches and how do you kill them with over the counter pest controls sprays?

Dear Ray: Here are a few good reasons why you want to get rid of roaches. German cockroach feces, saliva, eggs, and outer covering, or cuticles, left behind on surfaces contain substances that are allergenic to humans, especially those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. Cockroaches may carry pathogenic organisms, disease-causing bacteria and fungi that can be passed on to humans through surface and food contamination. Salmonella in food is one of the most common pathogens that cockroaches can transmit to humans.

In my opinion, products such as the Maxforce FC Gel Bait or the Maxforce FC Roach Bait Stations provide the best way to get rid of roaches. Baits attract the insect to feed, whereas liquid pesticide treatments repel insects. Gel baits also last a lot longer than liquid insecticides. Even though spraying a roach seems like the fastest way to get rid of roaches, the process actually causes the roach to find better hiding places to avoid the pesticide. Baits, on the other hand, create a bounty of food for the hungry roach. It comes out of its hiding place to dine on the food ingredient in the roach bait poison. Your goal is to get rid of roaches and baits are the method of choice.

The biggest issue in figuring out how to get rid of roaches is understanding cockroach habits and knowing where to place the bait. There are so many variations, but I can tell you that German roaches prefer cracks and crevices to open surfaces. Therefore, focus your treatments on the areas where you most commonly see roaches, then determine what cracks you need to apply the gel. They like dark, warm places with nearby access to food. The food source can be grease on the side of the stove or a long forgotten food spill. Sanitation is key in the effort to get rid of roaches.

You only need about a one-half inch line of gel bait to do the job in each spot. Dark areas (roaches are nocturnal) are best.  Roaches are sensitive to air and avoid places with ventilation, so look for places where there is little or no air movement. Once you apply the gel bait you must not apply any liquid insecticides. Liquid insecticides will contaminate roach baits. 

Make sure it's the German cockroach you are battling. German cockroaches are commonly found in kitchens. If it is a diffrent type of cockroach the treatments may vary. My suggestion would be to take a sample roach to have it properly identified. Once you know exactly what you have you will better understand what control steps are required.

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