American cockroaches (sewer roaches) are the most common. They are typically about an inch and a half long. These roaches will appear out of drains and sewers, and may enter your house through any small opening. These roaches thrive in cold damp environments. German cockroaches are roughly 3/4″ long. These roaches can infest your home if a neighbor has experienced infestation. These roaches can be challenging to get rid of, and DIY methods typically make the problem worse. They can inhabit any small tight space in your home, including cabinets and behind doors.
- Depending on the species of roach, the perimeter of the house will be sprayed focusing on bathrooms and kitchens. We may also place roach bait in high roach traffic areas, such as kitchen and bathrooms.
General Treatment Information:
- If anyone has respiratory or other serious health problems or is pregnant, we suggest checking with your doctor first. Please notify the technician if these conditions exist.
How to Prepare:
- Always keep garbage in closed containers and take out the garbage every night.
- Clean the home prior to the pest control visit, and maintain the home as neatly as possible for long-term results. This helps to eliminate competing food sources for the insects. Additionally, when the home is clean, the roaches will be more easily attracted to the bait and not to food sources.
- Cover and store any open food.
- Mop/scrub kitchen and other hard floors and woodwork with detergent. Thoroughly vacuum carpeted floors.
- Vacuum up any visible roaches and eggs just before the service visit, using the crevice attachment to get into cracks. After vacuuming, take the vacuum cleaner outside, remove the vacuum bag, seal it, and discard in trash. Take a damp cloth and wipe down the entire vacuum cleaner. Continue to vacuum or otherwise kill any roaches that are seen.
- Be sure that the technician has free and full access to anywhere that cockroaches have been seen.
- Homeowners should repair any water leaks immediately upon detection; apartment residents should report the leak to maintenance immediately upon detection.
- If anyone in the home has special allergy problems, is pregnant, or is under the age of one, the technician should be informed prior to service and precautions taken. All people and pets should stay out of the area being serviced for the length of time specified by the technician.
- After service, keep sanitation to as high a level as possible to allow all products to work as effectively as possible. Do not touch cockroach gel or allow children or pets to get near.