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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Dumont

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

The cockroach is one of the most detested insects to householders and business owners…for a good reason too. It is believed that the cockroach may be a reservoir for a range of bacteria including salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus.

Scared yet?

It’s rare to find a lone cockroach. Cockroaches usually live in large colonies and reproduce quickly. A female cockroach and her offspring can produce up to 300,000 cockroaches per year However, single cockroaches can be brought into a building through wood, packaging, furniture, and other materials. It’s essential to deal with a cockroach infestation as soon as you realize you have one. Cockroaches are omnivores which means they will eat just about anything that is organic. This could be grease splatter from a fried food, bread crumbs, something decaying in the sewer, or organic parts of a book on the shelf. Newspapers or cardboard boxes left in storage for extended periods of time are often a favourite hiding place and food source for cockroaches to congregate. Roaches prefer sugary sweets, meats and starches as these things provide the most energy, but they are willing to eat anything organic. A cockroach can survive about a month without anything to eat as long as it has adequate water each week. This makes it especially important to stay on top of eliminating available food and water sources when battling them.

Cockroaches love to invade our homes because they have plenty of places for cockroaches to hide. Roaches are accustomed to seeking out very tight places to hide from predators. Since most of their natural predators do not hang out in our homes and businesses, getting cockroaches out of our environment will require the use of other tools to kill them:

  • Glue boards placed in areas where roaches are suspected to be trafficking will not only provide a sample that can be identified, but can also be used to monitor ongoing population.

  • There are several types of bait available for killing roaches. They may come in a gel or paste form, a powder or dust that can be shot back into their feeding or living areas, or granules. Some baits can be placed directly into cracks and crevices, and others come in ready to use bait stations.

  • By far, the most effective way of controlling cockroach populations are through the use of insecticides.

There are many insecticides available over the counter that claim to kill cockroaches in one way or another. Some are better than others, however AntzAway uses a product marketed to professionals only that is specially formulated to spread gradually throughout a colony by individuals coming into contact with the product and then each other. It is an insect

growth regulator which does not kill the population directly, but limit the growth and development of the adolescents to prevent further reproductive activity and provides a much better control in the long term. Depending on the situation, other non-repellent products that spread the same way but kill the individual cockroach slightly more rapidly. Sometimes a repellent product is used to flush cockroaches from their hiding spots to areas where an insecticide is in waiting to do its job.

Remember if you have a cockroach infestation, don't delay, call AntzAway!

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