Tag: American Cockroach

5 questions with Bob Fergus

April 16, 2019 By
This question-and-answer session is with Bob Fergus, branch manager of Sentinel Pest Control, Effingham, Ill. The industry veteran took care of pests in the nation’s house — the White House — under the Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations.   1.... Read more»
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Becoming a great technician: ‘Think like a cockroach to beat it’

December 18, 2017 By
"If managing cockroaches were that easy, we would not be called professionals." 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»

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»

Tips & Tricks: Locate moisture sources for Oriental cockroach control

April 13, 2016 By
The first step in controlling any pest is to make sure you identify it correctly. Unfortunately, misidentification can give cockroaches the advantage. For example, nymph-stage Oriental cockroaches (Blatta orientalis) can easily be confused with nymphs of the American cockroach (Periplaneta... 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»

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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Cockroach Championship – American Cockroach: (aka Joe Lewis)

May 15, 2014 By
These public health pests are so die-hard they seem to mock PMPs and their customers. It’s not that I don’t understand or respect the mighty German cockroach. I’m well aware, for example, that when it comes to reproductive capacity and... Read more»
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American vs. German Cockroach Championship

May 15, 2014 By
Welcome to your ringside seat at the Cockroach Championship. Which cockroach species is the toughest to knock out (KO) American or German? In the blue corner, we have the American cockroach — bigger and harder hitting. Many expect the American... Read more»