How do I control smoky brown cockroaches?
The best cockroach control method for the smoky brown cockroach is to determine the source and treat it directly, usually with a cockroach bait product. To keep these cockroaches from invading, make sure your attic and/or crawl space has sufficient ventilation and seal as many exterior cracks and holes as possible on the outside of your home. Don’t allow pet food to sit outside overnight and eliminate lumber piles and debris where these cockroaches could harbor.
Palmetto bugs (aka cockroaches) are common where I live. What are some steps I can take to get rid of them?
The best way to deal with large, outdoor cockroach species is to limit the potential harborages for them near your home and to seal as many cracks and holes in your home's exterior as possible. Move firewood away from the house, store it off the ground and cover it with plastic to keep it dry. Discard piles of lumber, bricks, etc. Minimize the use of heavy ground cover like ivy near the house. Keep layers of pine needle mulch to about two inches deep and keep mulch at least 12 inches from the foundation. If the problem persists, consider using a professional pest control company, like Terminix, to apply treatments, such as baits, to lower the cockroach population on the property.
How do I get rid of American cockroaches?
American cockroaches thrive in warm, damp environments such as sewers, steam tunnels, basements, crawl spaces and boiler rooms. For this reason, it’s important to find and treat these areas directly. In many cases, professional services are necessary. Terminix professionals know how to get rid of cockroaches and can help you achieve long-term cockroach control. In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful pest control involves treatments to the attic, crawl space and exterior cracks in your home and finding and treating likely cockroach harborages over the entire property.
What’s the best way to get rid of German cockroaches?
German cockroaches are a pest control challenge because they’re the most prolific breeders among all cockroaches. They hide in your bathrooms and kitchen to be as close as possible to food and moisture sources. Successfully killing cockroaches requires persistence and experience. An infestation can be controlled using off-the-shelf products, but homeowners often meet with frustration and call the professionals at Terminix to get rid of cockroaches.
How effective are baits for controlling cockroaches?
Cockroach baits may be an effective way to get rid of cockroaches if placed properly. Baits, however, rely on every cockroach in a population to feed on the bait before the infestation can be eliminated. Baits should be combined with other control efforts, such as crack and void treatments, to ensure the infestation is eliminated. Knowing where to apply each product effectively is where the experience of a Terminix professional is helpful.