Roaches and Integrated Pest Management

If you live in the Southeast, chances are high that you’ve had an encounter with a roach or “Palmetto bug,” as they’re often called. In nature, roaches help recycle organic material; however, they can also contaminate food and spread disease if they infiltrate your home.

While there are over 70 identified roach species within the US, there are four main types that we deal with in our region:

  • German roach
  • American roach
  • Smokybrown roach
  • Asian roach
The term Palmetto bug is often used to refer to larger species like American or smokybrown roaches, though it is not a scientific name.

Roach Habitats

Roach peeking out of hole in houseOutdoors, roaches live in damp, warm areas such as mulch piles and garden beds. The inside of your home is an ideal environment for a roach, as it provides warmth, water, food and plenty of nesting sites. Once inside your home, roaches can reproduce very quickly and remain active year-round.

Roaches can enter houses in a variety of ways: through vents, sewer and drainpipes or cracks and crevices. They can even be carried inside on boxes, grocery bags or luggage.

Health Risks

Roaches often breed and travel in sewer systems and forage in waste sites for food and water. If they make their way into your home, they can transmit bacteria and disease by contaminating the food in your pantry and cupboards.

Additionally, roaches leave behind droppings and dead skin shells that can negatively affect the air quality in your home and aggravate allergies.

Integrated Pest Management Approach to Roach Control

When combatting roaches, we use integrated pest management or IPM. This is an environmentally friendly pest control approach that utilizes multiple non-chemical techniques and the least hazardous pesticides available.

Explanation of the steps in Peachtree Pest Control's Integrated Pest Management protocolOur seven-step IPM protocol includes:

  1. The Interview: Before proposing a control plan, we obtain critical information about the roach activity as well as other factors that need consideration—such as the presence of children or pets—by asking questions such as:
    1. Where is the roach activity?
    2. Did you see one roach or multiple roaches?
    3. Is there lighting on your lawn or around your home’s exterior at night?
    4. Do you have irrigation?
    5. Have you done any landscaping recently?
  2. The Inspection: We conduct a thorough initial inspection both inside and outside the home to identify possible entryways for roaches, potential nesting sites and sources of food and water.
  3. Pest Identification: Accurately identifying the specific type or types of roaches that you are seeing is critical in developing a successful control plan. Some roaches will live inside, while others live outdoors and only occasionally wander into the house. This way we can eliminate the roaches at their source.
  4. Development of Control Plan: The control plan takes into consideration all relevant and unique factors as well as the species of roach you are dealing with.
  5. Implementation of Control Plan: Roach control measures may include:
    1. Sanitation measures
    2. Exclusion/mechanical alterations
    3. Bait stations
    4. Removal of harborages
    5. Chemical treatment application
  6. Documentation of Control Plan: Our technicians thoroughly document all service calls so you know exactly what was found and what treatment measures were taken.
  7. Evaluation and Follow Up: We monitor and evaluate our treatment measures as we continue to service your home, and we make adjustments as necessary to ensure that roaches don’t come back.

Dealing with roaches? Call us today or fill out the form below to schedule an initial interview and inspection.

Integrated Pest Management Approach to Roach Control

When combatting roaches, we use integrated pest management or IPM. This is an environmentally friendly pest control approach that utilizes multiple non-chemical techniques and the least hazardous pesticides available.

Our seven-step IPM protocol includes:

  1. The Interview: Before proposing a control plan, we obtain critical information about the roach activity as well as other factors that need consideration—such as the presence of children or pets—by asking questions such as:
    1. Where is the roach activity?
    2. Did you see one roach or multiple roaches?
    3. Is there lighting on your lawn or around your home’s exterior at night?
    4. Do you have irrigation?
    5. Have you done any landscaping recently?
  2. The Inspection: We conduct a thorough initial inspection both inside and outside the home to identify possible entryways for roaches, potential nesting sites and sources of food and water.
  3. Pest Identification: Accurately identifying the specific type or types of roaches that you are seeing is critical in developing a successful control plan. Some roaches will live inside, while others live outdoors and only occasionally wander into the house. This way we can eliminate the roaches at their source.
  4. Development of Control Plan: The control plan takes into consideration all relevant and unique factors as well as the species of roach you are dealing with.
  5. Implementation of Control Plan: Roach control measures may include:
    1. Sanitation measures
    2. Exclusion/mechanical alterations
    3. Bait stations
    4. Removal of harborages
    5. Chemical treatment application
  6. Documentation of Control Plan: Our technicians thoroughly document all service calls so you know exactly what was found and what treatment measures were taken.
  7. Evaluation and Follow Up: We monitor and evaluate our treatment measures as we continue to service your home, and we make adjustments as necessary to ensure that roaches don’t come back.

Explanation of the steps in Peachtree Pest Control's Integrated Pest Management protocol

Dealing with roaches? Call us today or fill out the form below to schedule an initial interview and inspection.

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