I recently purchased a home about 6months ago. My kids and myself went away for 2 weeks and when I returned there was a dead large size cockroach on the floor in front of the cabinet by the stove. Then the next day I noticed a bug on the ceiling in the kitchen by a light. I went to kill it with the broom and it flew. After killing it, I looked at it and it was a roach. I think its a german or Asian one. This a new construction home so I’m freaking out now because I don’t know where it can from or if there are more.
We keep the home as clean as possible, especially in the kitchen. I always make sure everything has been cleaned and no food is out before we leave for trips. We live in Jacksonville, Fl. and I’m new to homeownership and I think 6 months in a new place is too soon to see roaches. Especially if we’re keeping it clean. The home is too large to take the chance of letting it get infested. Please educate me on what’s going on and what to do.
At this point I would say there is no need to panic. At least not yet. But no doubt it’s time to start doing some preventive treatments. This will go a long way at keeping the home pest free and really, whether your home is 6 months or 6 years old, doing regular pest control is something that should be done to prevent pest infestations from being allowed to develop.
Now without having a sample of the roach you found, it’s hard for me to say for sure what species it might be. However, I’m fairly sure it’s either a brown banded, wood or Asian roach. Wood roaches can get large – almost the size of what most people in Florida know to be a palmetto bug. And since Asian and wood roaches fly, they can gain access to most any home since the average structure will have plenty of entry points.
So at this time I would say to focus your attention on the outside of the home. Flying roaches will commonly enter homes by getting through small cracks or spaces found around garage doors, rain gutters and attic vents. Once inside the home, they’ll forage around and many times end up in living spaces.
Now since they’ll be using these entry points to get inside, it only makes sense to focus your treatments on these locations and in doing so, you’ll put in place a barrier that will prevent them from getting inside.
To treat, you’ll need some CYPERMETHRIN and a good PUMP SPRAYER. You’ll probably use 2-3 gallons of mixed solution every time you spray and if you focus your application on the key entry points I listed above, you should be able to put in place a residual that will act as a barrier to keep out all kinds of pests including flying roaches, ants, silverfish, crickets and more.
Here are a few other “tips” that might help.
First, wood roaches like light. They’re naturally attracted to patio and front door lights so be sure to treat around any light fixtures you have on the exterior of the home. This way any which land in the area will succumb to the treatment and not be able to set up a nest.
Second, wood roaches love leaves and other natural material like pine straw. This means you need to make sure you don’t have clogged gutters or any organic matter like this accumulating on your roof as it will surely attract all kinds of insects.
Third, crawl space and attic vents are common routes of entry so be sure to sure to spray around any you have on your home.
Lastly, you should also apply some MAXFORCE GRANULES around the home. It will only take 3-4 oz per application and this material should be applied to any flower beds, pine straw mulch, etc. around the home because these locations are prime nest sites for all kinds of insects. Pine straw will not only provide protection from the elements but it usually “warms” as it degrades which in turn makes it a great nest site for roaches, ants, crickets, etc.
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In summary, if you start spaying Cypermethrin on the home every 1-2 months and applying Maxforce Granules at the same time, you should be able to keep these pests (as well as most any pest) at bay and the home insect free.