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The first step in eliminating roaches is to determine whether you have a problem with German Roaches or Large Roaches. German Roaches are what many people would identify as "water bugs" (because of their fondness for moist areas) or "kitchen roaches" (because that is where most infestations begin.) They prefer a warm, moist environment (your kitchen and bathrooms) and love to hitch a ride from your grocery store, flea markets, day care center, even your friend's home! Large Roaches, or what some people refer to as Palmetto bugs and "flying roaches", prefer a cool damp area (sewers, septic tanks, cellars and basements, mulch, etc...) and usually wander in from outdoors. Once you identify your problem, we'll show you the solution!
Use a good roach bait for German Cockroach infestation.
German Cockroaches have shown a great resistance to the best of insecticide sprays.
A good bait such as InVict Gold Cockroach Bait or Maxforce Magnum should be used first, to bring these quick breeding roaches under control.
Larger roaches respond very well to good insecticide sprays.
Cyper WP, Onslaught, D-Fense SC are just a few of the products that will easily kill large roaches. Outdoor granular baits will also help with a stubborn infestation.
There are several species of large roaches (including American Cockroach, Brownbanded Cockroach, Smoky Brown Roach, Oriental Roach) that are most often found outdoors but invade your home and become a major pest. They breed in any type of mulch (pine straw, bark, leaves), dead trees, wood piles or other organic material. Their harborage can also include sewers, landscape timbers, basements, driveway walls and attics.
Granular baits (Maxforce Complete, Niban G) can be used in flower beds or other mulched areas where roaches thrive. Indoors and on exterior surface of the home, use a long residual, odorless insecticide such as Cyper WP or other insecticides containing Cypermethrin.
InVict Gold Cockroach Bait, Maxforce Magnum and Advion baits are best for getting rid of German Cockroach infestations. German cockroaches (or water bugs) are becoming resistant to even the best pyrethroid insecticide sprays. Choose a professional roach bait (for best acceptance) and apply the bait without using any contact insecticide sprays, "bombs" or foggers. These insecticides usually contaminate the bait with roaches refusing to feed on your bait.
German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (L.), are the most common roaches found in houses and restaurants. Most cockroaches have a flattened, oval shape, spiny legs, and long, filamentous antennae. Immature stages are smaller, have undeveloped wings and resemble the adults. They eat food of all kinds and may hitchhike into the house on egg cartons, soft drink cartons, sacks of potatoes or onions, used furniture or appliances, beer cases, etc. Produce departments, pawn shops, nursing homes and other such places are constantly fighting German roaches (as a general rule) and are notorious for being the source of residential infestations.
Adult German cockroaches are light brown except for the shield behind the head marked with two dark stripes, which run lengthwise on the body. Young roaches are wingless and nearly black with a single light stripe running down the middle of the back, and the adults are about 5/8 inch long. Egg capsules are light tan and usually yield about 36 baby cockroaches!
Once they hitchhike into your home, German roaches generally develop in kitchens and bathrooms. During the day, these roaches may be found hiding clustered behind baseboard moldings, pictures and clocks, in cracks around cabinets, closets or pantries, and in and under stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers. German roaches do not like motion and usually avoid light, so if you are seeing them in the daytime while you are moving about the room, you probably have a larger population than you realize. These pests also prefer to hide within five feet or less of their food and water source.
The Asian Cockroach is well established in Central Florida; it has been reported in Pensacola and other areas of the Florida Panhandle as well as in East Central Georgia. This roach is easily confused with the German Cockroach; most professionals cannot distinguish one from the other unless found alive, while observing the roach behavior and habitat. The Asian roach is a good flyer and is attracted to homes at night, flying towards light.
This pest is commonly found in turf grass and is often seen flying indoors and crawling across computer and television monitors. The German Cockroach is not capable of sustained flight and prefers to live indoors. The Asian roach is an accomplished flyer and lives outdoors, wandering into homes by accident where they become a pest.