Cockroach control advice from the pros


October 19, 2018



The professionals who contribute to Pest Management Professional have plenty of cockroach control expertise. We asked them: What is one step that will put PMPs on the path to cockroach control?

Stuart Aust: “First, find where the cockroaches are harboring/nesting. Second, determine how they are they gaining access to your client’s home or business. Only then will you be on your way to cockroach control.”

Dr. Jim Fredericks: “Bait. Use lots and lots of small placements in areas of activity.

Dr. Austin Frishman: “With German cockroaches, monitor suspected areas and jump on it as soon as a single cockroach is detected.”

Paul Hardy: “Most important after identification of the infestation is to get the customer involved with the initial inspection. This is the best time to make a good impression and start the PMP partnership.”

Ray Johnson: “To attain cockroach control, you must go on an exploration. Your search must be detailed. Your journey must include each crack and crevice, and leave no stone unturned. Like a detective, your investigation must include asking questions about where cockroaches are being seen. Your flashlight must be used and must be bright.”

Dr. Doug Mampe: “Determine the original source, and then eliminate it.”

Frank Meek: “Know thine enemy. Understanding the animal will allow you to properly predict its actions, and offer control and infestation prevention.”

Eric Scherzinger: “Use monitors and flushing agents to know where cockroaches are harboring and to help determine the most effective areas for bait placements.”

Mark Sheperdigian: “When you’re great at inspection and monitoring, cockroach control becomes much easier.”

About the Author

Diane Sofranec

Diane Sofranec is the senior editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 216-706-3793.

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