- ROACH CONTROL REQUIRES PATIENCE
- HOW DO ROACHES KEEP COMING BACK?
- MONITOR YOUR ROACH PROBLEM
- SHOULD YOU TREAT FOR ROACHES OR HIRE A SERVICE COMPANY?
- HOW TO GET RID OF ROACHES
- BEST GERMAN ROACH GEL BAIT
- BEST GERMAN ROACH SPRAY
- ROACH CONTROL TAKES TIME
- CONTACT US
Roaches are every homeowners nightmare. If given the opportunity, German Roaches will become a permanent family member! There are different ways of dealing with this pest, but three qualities you need are 1) patience, 2) persistence and 3) knowledge.
ROACH CONTROL REQUIRES PATIENCE *
Patience is needed when dealing with a roach problem because you cannot spray one time and expect to never see another roach. Egg cases will hatch and follow-up treatments will be necessary. When sightings occur after treatments, use these sightings to your advantage. There must be a nest or two you missed so attack that area and stay focused. You will have to win several “battles” before you win the “war” with this pest.
HOW DO ROACHES KEEP COMING BACK? *
Persistence is needed when dealing with roaches because of their biology. Roaches develop rapidly and studies confirm they will develop faster when their population is under stress. Egg sacs will routinely produce 30-40 young nymphs so just one surviving roach can cause a local problem to rebound in 30-60 days.
If you’ve been treating a roach problem for any length of time, then you have no doubt noticed a population explosion within 4-6 weeks after a major treatment. This is nature’s way of preserving the species. To “head off” the rebound effect, you must strictly adhere to systematic applications. Think long term and schedule treatments for at least 6 months if not a full year. This will insure roach eradication and not roach management.
MONITOR YOUR ROACH PROBLEM *
Knowledge is another key ingredient when combating roaches. If you hire a professional, ask questions. Learn what products they’re using and understand why. Make sure to monitor your problem areas both visibly and with ROACH TRAPS. If you’re catching roaches in between treatments, step up the frequency.
As stated above, patience and persistence are needed when dealing with cockroaches. However, these are skills I cannot teach within the confines of this article. Knowledge, though, is something I can share. I have had a good deal of experience working in apartment buildings, town houses, condominiums, duplexes and homes. The methods I have had success with vary with the conditions I am forced to work within. Let me outline some guidelines and options for anyone serious about roach control.
SHOULD YOU TREAT FOR ROACHES OR HIRE A SERVICE COMPANY? *
Every homeowner and small business with roaches must decide how to handle the problem.
1) You may choose to use a pest control company full time for all of your roach control needs.
2) You may hire a pest control company but also supplement their treatments by doing some work yourself.
3) You may choose to handle all your roach control needs. If that is the case, read on. The rest of this article is designed for do-it-yourselfers. You will now have access to the information required to get complete cockroach control – including the professional strength materials needed to do the work!
HOW TO GET RID OF ROACHES *
In general, there are two methods for treating a german roach infestation: spraying and baiting.
Traditionally, we would chemically treat cabinets, wall voids and appliances where roaches like to hide. This would involve a lot of preparation. You would need to empty cabinets and make voids accessible. Only then would a treatment be complete and thorough.
But today the strategy is different. Now we have roach bait which works. And because it may be used in cabinets where food and dishes are stored without having to remove everything, roach bait has become quite popular. But how do you choose?
Simple. For small, isolated problems in sensitive areas like kitchen cabinets or pantries, baiting with roach gel is the best way to proceed. At least to start.
But if roaches are being seen throughout the home or if you want to insure they don’t spread, you will to spray too. The key is knowing which roach bait is best and which spray to use.
BEST GERMAN ROACH GEL BAIT *
At this time, we have a wide range of roach bait on the market. In the past 10 years, many have come to market and many have proven effective. But when tests are performed to see which roach gel is “best”, what we’ve learned is that in fact the best roach gel is all of them!
Now what does this mean? Essentially it means a combination of 2-4 flavors of roach gel used at the same time will yield the best overall results. This is largely due to how roaches like to feed; they like to forage around and “graze”. So by offering 2-4 flavors of gel throughout the problem areas, you’ll surely get it accepted and in the end, faster results. For this reason we offer the best roach gels in 2 ROACH GEL KIT.
A 2 pack of gel should last 2-4 weeks and when its gone, you should rotate to another 2 pack. Logically you should start with Kit 1 and then get Kit 2. Each kit has different professional roach gel and we have learned they all work well. Most important, we’ve learned they all work best when used together and when flavors are rotated every 3-6 weeks.
For more serious problems, get a 4 ROACH GEL KIT or a 4 ROACH GEL BAIT GUN KIT. The bait gun will make applying the gel very easy and for an ongoing roach treating schedule, well worth the investment.
WHERE TO APPLY ROACH GEL *
If you are careful, you should be able to apply roach gel without having to remove items from your cabinets. Use it along the back corners both high and low. Get 2-3 spots applied for every cupboard. Be sure to treat all cabinets as well as pantries, under the sink, behind the refrigerator and basically anywhere roaches have been seen crawling and foraging.
HOW MUCH ROACH GEL SHOULD BE USED? *
Not much. For mild to average problems, you should apply 1/4 to 1/2 of each tube. Since you’ll be getting at least 2 tubes, you’ll want to use about 1/2 of each for the initial application and then 1/4 of each tube every 10-14 days until the problem is gone. For severe problems, you should use 2 tubes to start (basically 1/2 tube of 4 different flavors). This should be repeated every 10-14 days as well.
Average problems will be controlled in 4-6 weeks; severe problems will take 1.5 to 3 months.
Dabs of roach gel should be small; about the size of a grain of rice. And the more placements yo make the better. Space them every 2-3 apart along gaps, seams and where they like to forage. The good news is that you only need to get the roach gel close to where the roaches are active. Because these products use real food for lure, the roaches will find your offering immediately as seen in the following video.
As you can see, cockroaches will come crawling out of cabinets and wall voids to get the bait! So attracted to these products are roaches that you only have to get them close to where the roaches are seen and they will find it.
If you don’t want to apply the gel out in the open, use our REFILLABLE BAIT STATIONS to make placements. These bait stations are small, just 2.5″ wide, and easy to use. They come apart in two pieces, feature 6 entry points and will allow roaches to enter comfortably so they’re more likely to feed. These stations will protect the gel well enough to add time to its effective life span and can be removed easily when the problem is resolved. Effectively the gel can last up to twice a long and you won’t have to wonder if you made placements in hidden areas, if roaches ate the gel because you can’t find where you thought you placed some, etc.
BEST GERMAN ROACH SPRAY *
As good as roach gel works, its generally smart to spray the baseboards and other rooms of the home to insure the problem doesn’t spread. But what should be used?
Most any “ready to use” spray bought over the counter is smelly and will contaminate roach gel. More importantly, these sprays will chase roaches causing them to find new nests which in the end, make getting control that much more difficult.
To avoid this problem, use a non repellent spray. And the best non repellent on the market for roaches is ORTHENE WP. This product won’t be detected by roaches so they’ll readily forage over the chemical and in the process pick up a lethal dose and die. Orthene is the pest controls “go to” product for tough roach problems and mixed with GENTROL EC, the best spray available.
Gentrol is a juvenile growth regulator. It interferes with developing roach nymphs life cycle so they’re not able to develop to mature, reproducing roaches. For this reason its vital to add some Gentrol to your orthene when spraying.
The only problem with Orthene is that it naturally has an odor. To remove this odor, we’ve added the odor neutralizer known as TON as part of our ORTHENE KITS. These kits include all you need: a pack of Orthene, a vial of Gentrol and vial of TON.
You’ll want to add the pack of Orthene, the vial of TON and the vial Gentrol to a gallon of water to a good PUMP SPRAYER. Apply this mixture to the areas you want to protect. Safety wise you need to keep the children and pets away when spraying and for at least 1 hour afterwards so the treatment can dry. But after that, everyone can return and use the treated rooms like before with no hazard present.
The Orthene isn’t fast working so it will take a few days to see dead roaches. But this is by design. Expect to see dead roaches for 1-3 weeks but if you notice any alive after 3 weeks, spray again. In general, you’ll want to treat once a month during a ongoing problem. But once they’re gone, treating every 3 months will usually keep them from returning.
One big benefit of the Gentrol is that it will translocate naturally. What this means is that because Gentrol is volatile, it will naturally move from the baseboards to the surrounding areas like the walls and even the ceiling. This means more roaches will be exposed to it and consequently, the treatment will have more of an impact well beyond where you spray.
Lastly, if you need a good sprayer to treat, we offer this one one gallon unit which is easy to use and includes free shipping when ordered using the button below.
ROACH CONTROL TAKES TIME *
If you follow the guidelines listed above, you can achieve roach elimination. We can make this statement confidently because we’ve been helping customers do this for over 20 years. The key is the right products applied at the right location. Use 2-4 gel baits for cabinets and sensitive areas for immediate results of small problems. For large scale treatments, use both gel and spray. But don’t settle for anything over the counter. Get the Orthene kits we have listed for an odorless formulation that will work better than anything else on the market.
CONTACT US *
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