German roaches are every homeowners nightmare. If given the opportunity, german roaches will become a permanent family member! There are different ways of dealing with this pest, but three qualities you need are 1) patience, 2) persistence and 3) knowledge.
GERMAN ROACH CONTROL REQUIRES PATIENCE
Patience is needed when dealing with a german roach problem because you cannot spray one time and expect to never see another roach. Egg cases will hatch and follow-up treatments will be necessary. When german roach sightings continue after treatments, use these sightings to your advantage. There must be a nest or two you missed so attack that area and stay focused. You will have to win several “battles” before you win the “war” with this pest.
HOW DO GERMAN ROACHES KEEP COMING BACK?
Persistence is needed when dealing with german roaches because of their biology. German roaches develop rapidly and studies confirm they will develop faster when their population is under stress. Egg sacs will routinely produce 30-40 young nymphs so just one surviving german roach can cause a local problem to rebound in 30-60 days.
If you’ve been treating a german roach problem for any length of time, then you have no doubt noticed a population explosion within 4-6 weeks after a major treatment. This is nature’s way of preserving the species. To “head off” the rebound effect, you must strictly adhere to systematic applications. Think long term and schedule treatments for at least 6 months if not a full year. This will insure eradication and not management.
MONITOR YOUR GERMAN ROACH PROBLEM
Knowledge is another key ingredient when combating german roaches. If you hire a professional, ask questions. Learn what products they’re using and understand why. Make sure to monitor your problem areas both visibly and with GERMAN ROACH TRAPS. If you’re catching german roaches in between treatments, step up the frequency.
SHOULD YOU TREAT FOR GERMAN ROACHES OR HIRE A SERVICE COMPANY?
Every homeowner and small business with german roaches must decide how to handle the problem.
1) You may choose to use a pest control company full time for all of your german roach control needs.
2) You may hire a pest control company but also supplement their treatments by doing some work yourself.
3) You may choose to handle all your german roach control needs. If that is the case, read on. The rest of this article is designed for do-it-yourselfers.
HOW TO GET RID OF GERMAN ROACHES
In general, there are two methods for treating a german roach infestation: spraying and baiting.
The old style, traditional way to treat for german roaches is to chemically treat cabinets, wall voids and appliances where german roaches like to hide. This would involve a lot of preparation. You would need to empty cabinets and make voids accessible. Only then can a treatment be complete and thorough.
But today the strategy is different. At this time we have german roach bait which actually works. And it works well. More importantly, it may be used safely in cabinets where food and dishes are stored without having to remove everything. But how do you choose which to use?
Simple. For small, isolated problems in sensitive areas like kitchen cabinets or pantries, baiting with a german roach gel is the best way to proceed. At least to start.
But if german roaches are being seen throughout the home or if you want to insure they don’t spread, you will to spray too. The key is knowing which gel bait is best and which spray to use.
THE “BEST” GERMAN ROACH GEL BAIT
At this time, we have a wide range of german roach bait on the market. In the past 10 years, many have come to market and many have proven effective. But when tests are performed to see which german roach gel is “best”, what we discover is that in fact the best roach gel is all of them.
Now what does this mean? Essentially it means a combination of 2-4 flavors of german roach gel used at the same time will yield the best overall results. This is largely due to how german roaches like to feed; they like to forage around and “graze”. So by offering 2-4 flavors of gel throughout the problem areas, you’ll surely get it accepted and in the end, faster results. For this reason we offer the best german roach gels in a series of 2 ROACH GEL KITS listed below.
A 2 pack of gel should last 2-4 weeks and when its gone, you should rotate to another different flavor 2 pack. Logically you should start with Kit 1 and then get Kit 2. Each kit has different professional roach gel and we have learned they all work well so you won’t go wrong with either.
More importantly, we’ve learned they all work best when used together and when flavors are rotated every 3-6 weeks.
For more serious problems, get a 4 GERMAN ROACH GEL KIT or a 4 GERMAN ROACH GEL BAIT GUN KIT. The bait gun will make applying the gel very easy and for an ongoing treatment schedule, well worth the investment.
WHERE TO APPLY GERMAN ROACH GEL
If you are careful, you should be able to apply german roach gel without having to remove items from your kitchen cabinets or pantry. Use it along the back corners of these areas making placements both high and low. Get 2-3 spots applied for every cupboard. Be sure to treat all cabinets as well as pantries, under the sink, behind the refrigerator and basically anywhere german roaches have been seen crawling and foraging.
HOW MUCH GERMAN ROACH GEL SHOULD BE USED?
Not much. For mild to average problems, you should apply 1/4 to 1/2 of each tube. Since you’ll be getting at least 2 tubes, you’ll want to use about 1/2 of each for the initial application and then 1/4 of each tube every 10-14 days until the problem is gone. For severe problems, you should use 2 tubes to start (basically 1/2 tube of 4 different flavors). This should be repeated every 10-14 days as well.
Average roach problems will be controlled in 4-6 weeks; severe problems will take 1.5 to 3 months.
Remember, placements of the german roach gel should be small (basically about the size of a grain of rice). And the more placements yo make the better. Space them every 2-3 apart along gaps, seams and where they like to forage. The good news is that you only need to get the german roach gel close to where you see activity. Because these products use real food for lure, they’ll will find your offering immediately as seen in the following video.
As you can see, german roaches will come crawling out of cabinets and wall voids to get the bait! So attracted to these products are roaches that you only have to get them close to where they are seen and they will find it.
For extra protection and ease of removal, use REFILLABLE BAIT STATIONS to make your gel placements. These stations are small, just 2.5″ wide, and come apart easily. Gel can be placed inside where it will remain protected from UV light, dust and other contaminates. They feature 6 ports to enter and will do so readily as roaches like to feed in protected environments like the space these stations provide. These make setting out gel easy and removing unused portions even easier.
BEST GERMAN ROACH SPRAY
As good as German roach gel works, its generally smart to spray the baseboards and other rooms of the home to ensure the problem doesn’t spread. But what should be used?
Most any “ready to use” spray bought over the counter is smelly and will contaminate the gel. More importantly, these sprays will chase German roaches causing them to find new nests which in the end, make getting control that much more difficult.
To avoid this problem, use a non-repellent spray. The best non-repellent on the market for German roaches is ADVION KIT. This product won’t be detected so they’ll readily forage over the chemical and in the process pick up a lethal dose and die. ADVION is the pest controls “go to” product for tough German roach problems and when mixed with IGR, the BEST SPRAY available. Period.
IGR is a juvenile growth regulator. It interferes with developing roach nymphs’ life cycle so they’re not able to develop to mature, reproducing roaches. For this reason, it’s vital to add IGR to your Advion tank mixture prior to spraying.
This kit includes all you need: a pack of Advion, a vial of IGR and a vial of T.O.N. To treat, you’ll add all three components to 1 gallon of water using a PUMP SPRAYER. Apply this mixture to the areas you want to protect. Keep the children and pets away when spraying and for at least 1 hour afterwards so the treatment can dry. Once 1-2 hours pass, everyone can return and use the treated rooms like before with no hazard present.
The Advion isn’t fast working so it will take a few days to see dead German roaches. But this is by design. Expect to see dead German roaches for 1-3 weeks but if you notice any alive after 3 weeks, spray again. In general, you’ll want to treat once a month during a ongoing problem. But once they’re gone, treating every 3 months will usually keep them from returning.
One big benefit of the IGR is that it will “translocate” naturally. What this means is that because IGR is highly volatile, it will naturally move from the baseboards (where you sprayed it) to the surrounding areas like the walls and even the ceilings in the home. This means more German roaches will be exposed to it and consequently, the treatment will have more of an impact well beyond where you spray.
Lastly, if you need a good sprayer to treat, we offer this 1-gallon PUMP SPRAYER which is easy to use and includes free shipping when ordered using the button below.
GERMAN ROACH CONTROL TAKES TIME
If you follow the guidelines listed above, you will eventually achieve German roach elimination. We can make this statement confidently because we’ve been helping customers do this for over 20 years. The key is the right products applied at the right location. Use 2-4 gel baits for cabinets and sensitive areas for immediate results of small problems. For large scale treatments, use both the gel and the spray. But don’t settle for anything over the counter. Get the Advion kit we have listed for an odorless formulation that will work better than anything else on the market.
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