American Cockroaches

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What to consider when managing cockroaches at sensitive accounts

November 4, 2016 By
Healthcare facilities like surgical centers, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics have several unique features that require pest management professionals (PMPs) to deploy special strategies and techniques. Because cockroaches are a reservoir of pathogenic bacteria, fungi and protozoa, cockroaches might pose... Read more»
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Top 4 cockroach management strategies

August 22, 2016 By
An effective cockroach management strategy requires more than one approach. I have three favorite cockroach-related expressions: 1. Cockroaches come from cockroaches. Clutter, lack of customer cooperation and poor sanitation make it difficult to gain control, but the persistence of cockroaches... Read more»
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Q&A: Cigarette beetles, moth damage and palmetto bugs

July 29, 2016 By
Q: A homeowner has a cigarette beetle infestation in her pantry. She buys large quantities of organic food and stores them for months. In one glass container, I found cigarette beetles along with tiny, black, wasp-like insects. In the container... Read more»
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How to handle reoccurring American cockroach infestations

July 20, 2016 By
Some American cockroach infestations will likely continue on in perpetuity. We teach and preach pest elimination as our goal. We must seek out the source to achieve this. I often tell pest management professionals (PMPs) to start with four questions:... Read more»
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American cockroaches can mess with your mind

June 20, 2016 By
American cockroaches invade buildings from the sewer, where they can cause chronic problems for years on end. Sealing them out of the building can be an effective alternative to killing them after they enter. The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: American Cockroach

October 17, 2014 By
Fiction: Water bugs are just big cockroaches. Fact: American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana) are mistakenly identified as water bugs (they’re not aquatic) or Palmetto bugs (Eurycotis floridana). They’re also popularly referred to as ship roaches or Bombay canaries.   Fiction: The... Read more»
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Most Wanted: American Cockroach

September 30, 2014 By
Also known as the kakerlac (from the Danish word meaning cockroach), the ship cockroach and the Bombay canary, Periplaneta americana is a pestiferous second to its cousin, the German cockroach, Blattella germanica. P. americana can perpetrate a population of more... Read more»

Dos & Don’ts: American Cockroaches

September 17, 2014 By
Don’t let American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana, invade and contaminate structures and threaten public health. Control cockroaches by counting on integrated pest management (IPM). Do correctly identify the cockroach species because every other step after a misidentification will be ineffective. Don’t... Read more»
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American Cockroaches: Some Situations Continue Forever

August 18, 2014 By
We preach that complete pest elimination is our goal and that we must seek the source to achieve this. I often tell pest management professionals (PMPs) to start with four questions: 1. What is it? 2. Why is it here?... Read more»
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13 Counterpunches to KO the American Cockroach

May 15, 2014 By
Sanitation. Clean up. Reduce resources available to the American cockroach. Pest-Proofing. Seal cracks, crevices and other openings this species can use for entry points and harborage. Granular baits. Lure American cockroaches outdoors to areas away from where the client will... Read more»
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