Eliminating cockroaches for good


March 22, 2023

Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE

Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE

Cockroaches are a public health pest known to spread diseases and introduce allergens into their environment. When we think of eradicating severe infestations of these pests, we usually gravitate toward eliminating live cockroaches, removing conducive conditions and correcting sanitation practices to prevent future issues. However, there are additional opportunities to clear the carnage, disinfect and sanitize surfaces, and remove the stains and odors that are often overlooked.

Thanks to COVID-19, many companies already have established protocols for mixing and applying disinfectants and sanitizers. They also have purchased the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and other materials for the job. There is an opportunity to put these tools to work promoting human health and safety by using them for more thorough cleanouts.

Your comprehensive approach to cockroach services should involve eliminating debris, lingering odors, pheromones and stains associated with infestations. Use a vacuum to remove dead cockroaches, egg sacs and exuviae (cast skins) to help eliminate allergens. Additionally, applying a bio-sanitation liquid or foam to surfaces can help eliminate the organic material responsible for odors, aid in cleaning fecal material and assist in removing surface stains.


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Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE, is national director of technical services at Nisus Corp.

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