By far our biggest call we at The Green Bug Lady receive is for German Roaches. They are not only a nuisance, but are a serious health hazard as well.
Here are a few tips to know about German Roaches and Sanitation.
German Roaches & Sanitation
When beginning your German roach control program, sanitation is one of the first things to consider. German roaches only need a small amount of food to sustain them.
- Remove indoor trash or keep them emptied.
- Keep trash dumpsters clean.
- Make sure food is not left in sink stainers and frequently run the garbage disposal.
- Keep dishes clean, no residue of food remaining.
- All kitchen appliances (microwaves, toasters, ovens, refrigerators and stoves) should be maintained in a clean condition so that it is food free and grease free.
- All pet food needs to be picked up.
- No food left out.
- Sweeping or vacuuming of any food particles or crumbs.
- Clean any crumbs or food particles in your kitchen cabinets.
Inspection : Look for Evidence
When inspecting for German cockroaches, thoroughness is very important. It is important to place the insecticides as close to their runways and harborages as possible. Their excrement looks like black pepper.
A flashlight would be a handy tool to check the following places.
- Cracks and Crevices
- Behind and under refrigerators
- Behind and under stoves
- Behind and under microwavesa and toasters
- Under tops of tables
- Behind and under sinks
- Cabinets-corners and cracks and crevices
- Motors of refrigerators and soft drink dispensing machines
- Switchboxes and electical outlets
- Under and behind cafeteria counters and soda fountains
- Cash registers
- Vegetable bins
- Recycling bins
- Meat counters and check-out stands
- Meat cutting blocks
- Anywhere else conditions are favorable.
- Every situation may be different, inspect all places with favorable conditions