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Probably the most hearty and persistent pest on earth, cockroaches are the most loathsome creatures to many of us. The principal cockroach pest, the German Cockroach, is not just annoying, but presents a true health hazard. Besides spreading disease, they have been linked to allergies in humans.
The German Cockroach is not difficult to find. Though they tend
to hide during the day, if one knows where to look, it's not hard to find them. Their dislike for
light and their nocturnal behavior requires the use of a flashlight and perhaps a mirror
to locate hiding places. One of the most common areas to look is under a sink cabinet
or in the back of kitchen cabinets. Yet cockroaches may be found almost anywhere. A good
imagination and lots of careful examination will locate these creatures.
Baiting: A New Era In Pest Control
We used to suggest that people do several things to help control
cockroaches. Now with the advent of cockroach gel baits, we suggest that you first
apply one of these products. After the cockroaches have been eliminated,
try to follow the integrated pest management (IPM) recommendations below to help
insure that cockroaches don't return.
We have been selling gel baits for
These products contain highly attractive food for cockroaches as well as a slow acting
insecticide. Individual insects that eat the
bait may affect others by contact so that they become "distributors" of the
active ingredient in the gel, which helps to control immature roaches as well.
Based on feedback from both
professional applicators and individuals, we feel that this is the most effect treatment
currently available. Nine out of ten users are very happy with
The first product that we sold, MaxForce Bait
Gel, contained hydramethylnon and affected cockroaches within 3 to 5 days.
Maxforce FC Bait Gel
(Fast Control) , which contains fipronil
and begins controlling cockroaches
within 1 to 2 days is a worthy replacement and we continue to hear
praise for this product line. In some ways, the application of this product is a bit more labor
intensive, but there are many benefits:
The product comes in ready-to-use plastic syringes. Application
for moderate infestations consists of squeezing out several small,
1/4" - 1/2" lines in cockroach habitats. For heavy infestations, apply
additional amounts relative to the number of cockroaches. Placements may
be made wherever there are cockroach droppings or in any areas
where cockroaches congregate. Place these near cracks, but don't use the
product to fill cracks. Because cockroaches are corner-centric, concentrate applications in those areas. The product label provides application
Some of the common places to treat include areas such as under sink cabinets (including spots on top of pipes) or
vanities, around door hinges, near or inside appliances, above drop ceiling
frames and inside
dresser or night table drawers. The idea is to place the food where the cockroaches
are without blocking or interfering with their normal activities. As with
any other pest control product, careful placement is the key to getting maximum
results. But, as with any other pesticide, be sure to make placements out of reach of pets
One important point: it is better to have a lot a small
placements rather than a few large placements.
If you would like more information on MaxForce FC Bait Gel,
Things To Do To Help Prevent Future Infestations
Assuming you have been successful with a bait gel application,
there are some steps to take to help prevent future infestations. These are things
that we used to suggest doing before the treatment:
A primary goal is to try to eliminate harborage areas.
cabinets and drawers in all rooms and eliminate the clutter of items such bags, envelopes
and other items of paper or soft plastic. Other harborages that require
attention include cracks such as in areas where pipes or utilities enter
the room or where moldings meet the floor. Seal those with durable
caulking. Be sure to remove consumed plastic roach bait units (if you have
used these in the past) and remove food containers awaiting recycling. Taking these steps helps to create a more
stressful environment for this insect thus making them more vulnerable to control
Cleaning of roach droppings (fecal pellets) with detergents and
disinfectants helps to deter cockroaches and confuses them (heavy accumulations
may need to be scraped off). Cockroaches can
communicate using the droppings in areas to let others know that this where their droppings
are is "OK" and signal "neighborhood" areas for gathering.
Cockroach droppings contain an aggregate pheromone which attracts roaches and
causes the clustering often observed. But cockroaches do not nest as there is not social order and no queen.
Finally, consider monitoring for cockroaches
by using glue
traps in key areas to help alert you to an impending problem.
We know that we have a responsibility to everyone we interact
with to be sure they understand that by nature, pesticides cannot be non-toxic. However,
there are some product which are less toxic than others. That is a
major reason that we are recommending
Maxforce FC Bait Gel
over all other product types.
If you still have some safety concerns about using the MaxForce FC Gel, the next best approach would be the
Maxforce FC Roach Bait Stations. Each station contains a hardened, cookie like version of the gel with the same active ingredient. Although the food in the stations is not quite as attractive as the moist gel, with proper placement and in quantities large enough for the population of cockroaches present, one should still expect good results. The stations need to be checked periodically (you can see through the red top with a strong flashlight) and replaced once empty since the empty stations can become a harborage for roaches.
We offer another bait form: a granular bait called
Maxforce Complete. This product contains a variety of grit sizes that would appeal to all of the common cockroach species. The product is weather resistant and can be used in damp areas or outdoors.
However, we know
that some people are more comfortable with the traditional control products and that
is why we offer a variety of pest control products for cockroaches including
residual sprays such as
Permacide P-1, crack and crevice aerosols such as
Whitmire PT P.I., indoor room foggers such as
and dust products such as
Alpine Dust Insecticide and
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