Cockroaches

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PMP recounts house of dead cockroach-filled spider webs

June 21, 2017 By
The upper-middle-class house was spotless. Newly inhabited by a professional couple and their young daughter in Long Island, N.Y., it was an unlikely place to find German cockroaches (Blattella germanica). Yet, here and there, one would show up. The husband... Read more»
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Use the right tool for cockroach jobs

May 2, 2017 By
The advantages of cockroach baiting are heavily weighted toward curative efforts. Prevent cockroaches with vigilance and time-tested methods. German cockroaches (Blattella germanica) continue to amaze us with their resilience and ability to survive. Throughout the years, there have been several... Read more»
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Diversify your cockroach bait arsenal

April 19, 2017 By
As with any insect we deal with, the first step is proper identification of the cockroach species. Each species has its own preference to climate and need for water and food. From there, making every effort to correct sanitation issues... Read more»
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Ineffective cockroach control: Underbaiting or bait aversion?

April 12, 2017 By
If you’re using baits and not achieving effective control, try placing two different types of baits on a business card. Place the card behind the refrigerator or by the closest harborage where it won’t be disturbed. Putting the baits on... Read more»
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Break your cockroach management routine

April 5, 2017 By
Struggling with a stubborn cockroach problem? With the simplicity of using social media and instant access to reviews found on sites such as Yelp, cockroach sightings can be publicized quickly and damage your reputation. We’ve all had accounts that appear... Read more»
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Cockroach control: How to educate clients

March 29, 2017 By
Sustaining long-term cockroach control for your accounts means being thorough from the start. Along with an inspection and treatment, educating clients and implementing integrated pest management (IPM) practices can lead to maximum cockroach control: Teach clients to inspect for signs... Read more»
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Cockroach exclusion, sanitation and treatment options

March 22, 2017 By
Not all cockroach problems are the same, but here are a few tips and tricks covering exclusion and sanitation options to help manage cockroaches and communication with your customers: Caulk penetrations in walls (especially exterior) and around other entry points... Read more»
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The active ingredients in most baits cause cockroaches to die face down, not on their backs.
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How to handle bait-averse cockroach populations

March 3, 2017 By
Effective baiting should show results within a day or two. Be ready to switch baits if “the good stuff” is taking too long. The German cockroach (Blattella germanica) is mounting a comeback. It is becoming increasingly common to find established... Read more»
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Small brownbanded cockroach talks big game

January 26, 2017 By
An interview with a brownbanded cockroach (Supella longipalpa). Pest Management Professional (PMP): Thanks for agreeing to this interview, although I must say, meeting in the library isn’t super-conducive to talking. Brownbanded cockroach (BC): A thousand apologies, but I really couldn’t... Read more»
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Cockroach breeder featured on TLC’s ‘My Kid’s Obsession’

January 3, 2017 By
Ten-year-old Shelby Counterman and her 7,000 cockroaches were featured on TLC’s “My Kid’s Obsession” TV special that aired on Dec. 28. At 18 months old the Claremore, Okla., resident asked her mother, Meg Counterman, if she could keep insects at... Read more»
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