I have about 30 days until a new tenant moves into a condo. There has been an issue with German cockroaches, which has gotten worse in the last couple years. While the unit is empty, I want to do everything possible to eliminate the ones already there, and prevent more from migrating in. I am going to take the advice from your German Roach Control article, and get the baits, traps, and Drione. My question is what should I do about the carpets? They have been steam-cleaned. Once they are dry, would applying Drione around the edges of the carpet, along the baseboards, be effective/safe? (The new tenant has an 8-year-old daughter, who I believe can be trusted not to lick the carpet!) Would it be advisable to treat the whole carpet with something? Many thanks in advance, Ms. M.
Empty apartments, condo’s and homes are easy to treat and gives you the best chance of gaining control of any insect problem. The list of what you intend on getting is near complete but there is at least one more thing I suggest you consider using. So here’s my suggestion on how you should proceed..
First, start with the ROACH GEL. Get it applied to cabinets and closets where you think the problem originated. Vacant units will be short on food and any roaches still around will quickly accept your offering since they’ll no doubt be hungry. So initially, just apply the gel and let it sit for 7-10 days before using any other product.
After 10-12 days, go to work with DRIONE. Applying this to every common wall or other entry route into the unit will help keep neighboring roaches out since they will avoid the Drione. Use it under electric outlet covers, switch plate covers, under cabinets, in ceiling light fixtures and even in any wall void you can penetrate. Treatments with Drione will last a good 6-12 months if not longer and essentially will put in place a barrier through which the roaches cannot enter.
Lastly, using the Drione around the carpet edges can be done. But a better plan would be to first apply some PHANTOM. Either the aerosol or the concentrate will work. Personally I’d use the concentrate since it will create a lot more product, can be used inside and outside any structure for a wide range of pests and will no doubt be put to use more efficiently compared to the aerosol. They’re one in the same active ingredient wise but the aerosol is really for limited application sites when using a liquid isn’t practical. In this case, the liquid would be the better way to proceed.
So with the liquid, you’ll want to treat all baseboards and once it dries, then inject the Drione up under any molding that will accept some dust. This way you’ll have the best protection in place for sure. And there is no need to treat the whole carpet; just the perimeter.
Phantom Aerosol: https://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz
Solo 454 Sprayer: https://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/solo-1-gallon-sprayer
Lastly, by 7-10 days after the Drione and Phantom are applied, the problem should be resolved. At that time you’ll finally want to place out the traps to help monitor anything missed.
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