4 Ways To Control A German Cockroach Infestation

Posted on: 18 January 2016

One of the most unwanted pests to invade your living space is the German cockroach. These bugs can multiply quickly to produced a full-blown infestation in a short period. Still, if you have German cockroaches in your home, there are pest control applications available to help you get rid of them. Here are a few:

Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs)

Insect growth regulators don't kill the German Cockroaches. Instead, they prevent the bugs from maturing properly so that they are unable to reproduce.

German cockroaches are known for producing a large number of offspring in a short period.  A female can produce up to seven egg cases in her lifetime, and each case can contain up to 48 individual eggs. Thus, a single German cockroach matriarch can lead to a roach population of 35,000.  Still, each German cockroach only lives about 20 weeks.

Bait Insecticides

Bait insecticides, such as gel baits and bait stations, include roach poison in an edible form. The smell of the bait entices the German cockroaches to feed, and once the bait is ingested, it kills the roaches. However, before the roaches die, they may still leave droppings behind. This is important because the insecticide bait also contaminates the fecal matter of the roaches, and German cockroaches feed on the droppings of their peers.

Bait can be strategically placed in the corners of cupboards and along crevices.

Spray Insecticides

Spray insecticides may kill a portion of your roach population, but it is important to avoid contaminating bait with the insecticide spray. The spray should only be applied to the perimeter of baseboards and area entryways to kill incoming roaches and those who venture outside of the areas that are properly baited.

Baits are still best for areas where the cockroaches may breed or bed, such as the dark corners of kitchen and bathroom cupboards.

Sticky Stations

Sticky roach stations can also be effective. They entice the roaches to enter a box-like structure that is lined with sticky material from which the roach is unable to break free. This form of insect control is generally mechanical and does not involve the insect's ingestion of poison. After a trap is filled with bugs, it can be discarded and replaced with a new sticky station.

If your living space is infested with German cockroaches, there are ways insecticides that you can use at home. However, due to the prolific nature of these bugs, it is best to contact a pest control specialist in your area, such as Choice Pest Control