Are Mole Crickets tearing up your turf?

Mole Crickets the yard destroyer

Mole Crickets, an ugly grasshopper looking pest that no one cares to have in their yards. This pest can destroy a healthy lawn in a short period of time if infested heavily. They are a very common and major pest in the southern states.

Yards that consist of Centipede, Bermuda, and St. Augustine grass are more susceptible to serious damage from this pest. Mole Crickets are a costly pest because of the expense of treatments and replacement of devoured yards.

Identifying Mole Crickets and their damage

Adult Mole Crickets are chunky looking and have wings and are light brown in color. They get up to 1 ½ inches long. Their rear legs simulate those of a cricket. They mate twice a year in the spring and in the fall.

At mating time you will notice small holes in your yard with a small amount of dirt around the holes. They are usually not seen as they stay underground eating the roots of your grass. But they have been known to get inside homes or be seen crawling across drive ways.

The nymphs look the same as the adults but are wingless and can cause serious damage to your lawn as they multiply. Visual damage will look as brown or dead looking damage and the ground will be soft to these areas.

At this point you would know that the mole crickets have either eaten on the grass to an extent or their tunneling has killed it. The Southern Mole Crickets differ from the Tawny Mole Crickets as they are mainly carnivores and feed slightly from roots, grass and leaves.

The nymph mole crickets will feed and grow through the summer and become adults near winter time. Then the mole crickets will stay deep in the ground throughout the winter and feed on warm occasions till the next spring.

Mole crickets have one generation so the next spring the whole process of mating starts again.

How to treat Mole Crickets

Most people will start treating for mole crickets in the spring around March. Studies have shown that summer treatments work better as all the eggs have hatched and the nymphs are still small at this point. Granules and liquid chemical treatment is best at this point.

For later in the summer treatments a pesticide application that has a longer residual or mole cricket baits are best to use. Keep in mind that studies have shown mole crickets have grown to be resistant to some chemicals. Some of these chemicals, I do know have been off the market for quite a while.

If you treat your yard and you get little or no results after treating it several times you may need to try a different chemical. Note that changing chemicals doesn’t always means it is going to work. You may also need to change to a completely different chemical family to get results for mole cricket control in your yard.

When treating your lawn for Mole Crickets notice the time of treatment. If it is a hot summer day liquid chemicals are susceptible to evaporation. This can kill non targeted pests and have a secondary effect among other pests. Also be advised of the wind, as it can cause drift to non target areas.

Take note of the reentry times on your turf and keep pets and children off according to the label. When using granular pesticide application in dry weather you may not see the results you seek. Granular applications need a heavy dew or a light watering to activate the chemical as to wash it into the soil.

So read the labels of any pesticide you apply for “Mole Crickets” to achieve best results for your lawn.

Mole Crickets

What is Broken Controllers?

Broken Controllers

I’m really not sure what Broken Controllers is.  But I do know that you may find, your Blog URL beside their name in google.  Taking your personal traffic to their Broken Controllers site instead of bringing them to your blog.

What did I do about the Broken Controllers URL redirect of my visitors?

Well since I’m the type that plays the way others like to play, I give them a dead URL in which is still good for traffic to my blog from their site. LOL  While still having a live URL that actaully will have my name beside it instead of theirs.  LOL

So all I did was copy and paste the redirected blog, renamed the URL and deleted the other one.  LOL  Thanks for the extra advertising for a dead link to my blog Broken Controllers

A great Free Weebly Website!

I got one Free Weebly website up and going.

So, I finally finished my Free Weebly Website a few days ago.  It was not all that bad at all getting everything like I wanted it set up.  A little different than playing with wordpress though that I’m use to using.  I did run into a few problems though.

A few problem areas I run into with my Free Weebly Website

Well first with my Free Weebly Website they have this drag and drop feature that to me just don’t seem very search engine accurate.  But that’s my opinion!  The header tags are to set as a H2 header and not an H1, therefore if you intend on having a H1 header you must use the HTML drag and drop feature.

That way you can type it in manually where you want your header tags and such to be.  But that’s no big deal, I just did it all in HTML to be sure I hit the SEO where I wanted it to hit.  But I’ll tell you what within 24 hours of going live with my Shed Plans 101 site it hit the first page of google.

I was amazed at that for sure.  But now a few days later it seems to be farther back in the pile up.  LOL  another problem I run into was the robot txt was blocking urls on the second site I started on.  I don’t know I have contacted support on that issue and I’ve been doing my studying and research.

Maybe someone that reads this can shoot me a few pointers on my Free Weebly Website.  I do like to learn more about anything I piddle with.

Another problem I ran into with the Free Weebly Website

I ran into a problem with the blog part of Weebly also.  I don’t quite understand how you are going to put 20, 50, or hundreds of meta tags for lots of blogs in such a little box for the blog page.  That has me kind of stumped how you are going to get good SEO from blogs.

All together though the templates and customization of the sites are real nice. But I’ll eventually figure out my Free Weebly Website or maybe someone can give me some useful knowledge I could use to maximize the sites.

Is it a Drain Fly or a filth Fly?

The Drain Fly, better known as a filth fly!

The Drain Fly is a nuisance pest that sometimes is noticed out of nowhere and in great masses. Everyone calls them a filth fly and that’s exactly what they are.

You may see these pests at time and can be identified by a pattern of veins on their wings.

Need to know about the Drain Fly?

The Drain Fly is a fairly small fly that is around 1/8 of an inch in size. They can be found in areas such as in the kitchen or in bathrooms. They breed in organic substance and sewage areas.

They can be found in huge masses as they breed fairly quickly and lay a great many of eggs at a time. The Drain fly is black in color and sometimes is confused with the fruit fly.

They can be found flying or crawling in areas such as sink drains and garbage areas. Although they are very poor fliers they will fly short distances in jerky lines.

Sometimes they will emerge from drains where organic substances are built up, as from grease settled in a pee trap. They are known as a filth fly.

How to control the Drain Fly

There is not really much to say on the control of the Drain Fly. As far as I know to this point there still isn’t a chemical labeled for them far as treating sewage drains and such.

There are some chemicals to help remove the build up in the pipes in which they originate from. Some people have used bleach for a type of treatment although it isn’t labeled for the pest.

The Drain Fly is a filth fly and the filth in which they breed should be removed is the best control for the Drain Fly.

Drain Fly

A blood sucking Tick!

Nobody likes a Tick

Illnesses, caused by Tick bites are more feared than bites from other pests. People tend to panic when they realize the pest they can’t brush off is a Tick embedded in their skin.

Most people are aware of the diseases that can be transmitted by this pest and are very cautious.

About the Tick

The Tick in shape are flat and very easy to identify. They have 8 legs where as the larvae has 6. They are not an insect they are an arthropod. All stages of this pest feed on blood.

The larvae Tick is called a seed. This pest can transmit diseases such as the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and the Lyme Disease. There are a great many of different species.

They are blood suckers and feed off the blood of mammals, which include humans, pets and domestic type mammals. Some will also feed on reptiles and birds.

Ticks can be picked up from anywhere there is thick rubbish such as tall grass, in the woods, from a pet, etc.

Avoiding the Tick

A Tick can be picked up almost anywhere, such as in the woods if you’re hunting, from over hanging trees while fishing, from a campground, etc. To avoid the possibility of a Tick choosing you as a host, protection methods should be used.

The use of Deet repellent chemicals can be helpful. A way to avoid having a Tick problem around your home would be keep the grass cut short as not to initiate any harborage areas for them.

Keep other pets that aren’t yours away from your yard or pets. There are pesticides labeled for the Tick that can be used for the reduction of any Tick population in the yard.

If a Tick was to embed himself and feed from you or your pet use tweezers and pull the pest loose. Don’t just snatch him loose or the head may be left behind and cause the area to be infected.

Some sort of disinfectant should be applied as to kill the germs caused by a Tick.

Tick

Don’t you hate a Smokey Brown Cockroach?

Smokey Brown Cockroach

The Smokey Brown Cockroach is a fairly large roach sometimes confused with the American Roach because of its size. They normally live outside but as weather gets cooler they will tend to move in or under a structure seeking warmer conditions.

They should be identified correctly for the proper treatment and the use of the correct chemicals labeled for them. Although there are some similarities between the Smokey Brown Cockroach and theAmerican Roach, there are some differences to.

The Smokey Brown Cockroach sometimes is called a water bug or a palmetto bugs the same as the American Roach because of the similarities.

Identifying the Smokey Brown Cockroach

The Smokey Brown Cockroach is 1 ¼ inches long and is dark brown in color. They live outside in warmer weather and move inside when the weather is cool. They can be found in a structure, under it, in the attic, or in chimneys.

You will be more apt to find them under a structure that is sealed rather than one that is vented which will be cooler for them. The Smokey Brown Cockroach also has fully developed wings and is good flyers. They are attracted to light but like dark moist areas such as under a structure.

They have a very large size egg capsule, dark in color that contains around 20 eggs per capsule. They Smokey Brown Cockroach is also a scavenger as it will eat almost anything but prefer things like rotten vegetation, food scraps, or dog food.

Though trying to identify the Smokey Brown Cockroach by color may be hard when there is nothing to compare to, there are other traits you can use. Such as where they are found, is the weather cold where you found them, are they attracted to light, what is their preference of a food source.

There are several characteristics you can use to identify the pest as a Smokey Brown Cockroach.

Control of the Smokey Brown Cockroach

Sanitation is the first place to start in order to help control the Smokey Brown Cockroach. Clean areas that they would use as harborage areas such as wood piles near the home, mulch beds, or just cardboard boxes sitting around the home.

Any type of debris close to a structure can be considered a harborage area for the Smokey Brown Cockroach and should be moved away from the home. Keeping trash cans or dumpster areas clean as possible can eliminate some of their food sources.

Even moving dumpster areas away from the structure will draw the pest away from your home and not to it. Some people have pets, such as hunting dogs. These people have dog food sitting around in bags open to the roaches to crawl inside the bags for food.

The pets’ food should be kept in a container that is sealable. So keep the area near the structure clean as possible as to not draw them to your home but away from it. Where do most people keep their firewood? Close to their homes or by the chimney outside the home.

This is a perfect area for the pest to be hidden. From there they are drawn to the structure where they can find access points to other areas of harborage, such as cracks in the chimney if firewood is stored near it.

What happens when you bring an arm load of wood in and sit it near the fire place? You may bring the undesirable pest inside all on your own. Access points such as windows, where they can enter the home, should be sealed.

This will help keep the Smokey Brown Cockroach out of your home. This will help with any pest you do not want to enter your home. Removing any types of water sources will help with control of the Smokey Brown Cockroach.

If you have leaking pipes under or around the structure, they should be fixed in order to take away their water source. The list just goes on for good IPM (Integrated Pest Management). Residual sprays inside and around the structure works well for control of the Smokey Brown Cockroach.

Wettable powders work really well with the big roaches to help with control. If you have a heavy infestation it may take multiple treatments in order to grasp hold of the situation. Power dusters are a great tool that can be used to treat areas such as attics or crawl space areas.

Keep in mind dusts can drift to non target areas and pets and children should not have contact with the dusts. Be sure if treating with dusts that the areas you intend on treating are dry. Dusts will not be effective if they become damp or wet and will be a waste of your time and money among taking the risk of killing non target pests.

Always follow directions on the label of the chemicals you will be using to control the Smokey Brown Cockroach.

Smokey Brown Cockroach

An ugly Brown Banded Roach!

The Brown Banded Roach

The Brown Banded Roach is a pest  that infests a structure similar to a German Cockroach. They should be identified correctly in order to be treated properly with the right chemicals labeled for the pest.

They are a nasty pest that can carry bacteria and have been known to cause asthma conditions within small children. These allergies are caused by a buildup of their fecal droppings or dead carcasses.

Identifying the Brown Banded Roach

The Brown Banded Roach is about a ½ an inch in length. They are brown in color with two lighter colored bands that run across the base of the wings and the abdomen.

They can be found in warm, dry areas throughout a structure. They glue their egg capsules to objects such as furniture. They also have fully developed wings and the males are ready flyers when disturbed.

Thought they are the same size as the German Cockroach you can identify the Brown Banded Roach by the light colored bands as the German Cockroach are dark colored strips.

They can be found in some of the same areas as the German Cockroach such as cabinets, freezer motor areas where it’s warm, microwaves, dressers, etc.

Controlling the Brown Banded Roach

As with any pest issue, sanitation is a big must! Cleaning up after a milk spill, don’t leave food sitting around, empty trash cans regularly; things such as these are food sources and a way for the pest to transmit diseases.

Getting rid of their food sources helps aid in the control of the Brown Banded Roach. Areas such as stacked books, book cases, dressers full of junk, and card board boxes piled up are some of the harborage areas that should be kept neat and clean.

Baiting is a great tool to use for the Brown Banded Roach control around areas such as electrical appliances where residual sprays cannot be applied such as freezer areas, microwave areas, light receptacles, etc.

There are different types of baits to choose from such as gel bait, bait stations, and granular baits. Dusts are also another good tool to help control the Brown Banded Roach.

Dusts can be used for areas that are hard to access where they migrate such as wall voids, under cabinets, etc; areas in which the label permits you to treat. Dusts have a bad tendency to drift off target at times and are hard to control where you want them to be applied.

Some dusts are heavier than others and want drift quite so bad but do have the tendency to be applied too heavy. Dusts should be applied lightly.

If applied too heavy they act as a deterrent and will not benefit you in any way. The pest should not know the dusts are there so they will crawl through it.

That’s why it should be applied lightly. Some people think more is better, but not always. Residual spray can be used in control of the Brown Banded Roach.

They can be applied to cracks and crevices in areas according to the label. There are several to choose, from microencapsulated to emusifiable concentrates.

Always read the label and follow directions when applying any kind of pesticide when controlling the Brown Banded Roach or any other pest.

Brown Banded Roach

I met the Asian Roach!

Meeting the Asian Roach

The Asian Roach is a pest that is almost identical to the German Cockroach. Let me tell you how I was introduced to this pest! I was sitting in my shed one weekend enjoying a beer and the peace and quiet.

Then I noticed a roach fly in my shed while I was sitting there. I saw the pest fly several times and I thought to myself, a flying German Cockroach. I haven’t ever saw such activity like that from a German Cockroach before.

When I went back to work that Monday, I told the fellows at work what I had seen. They all knew I was sarcastic half the time and thought I was crazy.

A few months later we received information at our pest control office that we had a new pest moving into the area, that we was going to have to deal with. And what was that pest? It was the Asian Roach, the same one that was flying around in my shed.

Identifying the Asian Roach

When looking at the Asian Roach, they look identical to the German Cockroach. They are the same size at ½ an inch in length for starters. They are almost the same color, only slightly lighter in color and they have 2 light brown parallel strips behind the head to the abdomen.

It is hard to identify by color alone when there is nothing to compare to being both roaches are light in color to begin with. The color of the Asian Roach is also tan, only a little lighter.

So you can see how this characteristic would be hard to diagnose the pest. The Asian Roach has wings slightly longer than the German Cockroach and are strong flyers. This is the best identification you can use to distinguish the difference between these 2 roaches.

Another way to identify the Asian Roach from the German Cockroach is the female Asian Roach has wings that cover the egg capsule as the female German Cockroach only covers half of the egg capsule.

The males are very difficult to identify between the 2. They prefer to live outside other than inside a structure, but will come inside long as they can find a way inside.

They are also attracted to lights, such as porch lights and will make it into a home when the doors are opened as you come and go.

The Asian Roach living conditions would include; damp shady areas, mulch areas, moist composted areas such as piles of leaves, etc. They can be transported from place to place unknowingly in products such as mulch.

They first started in the southern states, and to this moment I have no idea how far north they have migrated.

They can appear in large numbers like any outside pest as they breed. The Asian Roach eating habits would include almost anything as they are omnivores.

Control of the Asian Roach

The “Asian Roach” prefers to live outside, so the first step would be to keep them outside. You should seal up any cracks or crevices in which they can enter the structure.

Examples would be gaps around pipes or water lines, torn door jamb seals, windows that need caulked, etc. Screens on open windows or screen doors where doors are left open will help keep the pest out of the structure also.

You can change your porch light bulbs to yellow ones to help not to attract the pest to your home with the possibility of them to access your home when you open the door.

The removal of any debris around the home will help in control of the Asian Roach as you will be removing their harborage areas. Mulch, pine bark chips, leaves piles; any of this is just a harborage area for all sorts of pests.

Although some people don’t care for the thought of removing landscape décor they are informed of the knowledge. Removing water sources near the structure such as dripping pipes or standing water will help with control of the Asian Roach.

Keep outside trash cans clean, away from the structure, and sealed will also help eliminate their food source or draw them away from the structure rather than to it. Sanitation plays a big part whether it is inside or outside.

Asian Roach

Chemical control of the Asian Roach

For chemical control of the Asian Roach outside granular baits work very well. Remember they are strong flyers and can go long distances; therefore a large area may need treated to keep them out of the structure. A residual spray can be used for a perimeter application also if needed.

Microencapsulated or wettable powders would be a good choice for this application. Treating around windows, door frames, porch lights, etc are good areas to control the pest and help to keep them from entering the structure.

When treating areas such as mulch beds, note that the chemical may not reach the pest because of the thickness of the beds. Some of the targeted pests may crawl around the treated area passing it by or either fly over the chemical barrier.

There are several factors to know when controlling any type of pest. For control of the Asian Roach inside a structure you have multiple tools that can be applied if needed. But the whole idea is to control the pest before it enters the structure.

For inside control you have residual sprays, dusts, baits, aerosols for control in areas where they permit according to the labeling. When controlling the Asian Roach always follow the directions on the label and keep pets and children away from treated areas according to the labeling.

Problems with the Oriental Cockroach?

The Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental Cockroach is a really nasty pest that you do not desire to move into your home. Roaches carry diseases but this one can cause health issues such as diarrhea, asthma, etc. If untreated you could have a health hazard. These roaches are sometimes called a water bug because of its size and the need to thrive in damp areas.

Identifying the Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental Cockroach in size is about 1 inch long. They are dark brown to black in color. The female only has wing pads where as the male has wings that cover ¾ of the abdomen. They can usually be found in damp areas such as sewer pipes, basements, crawl spaces, or sink drains.

They usually feed on decaying plant matter or trash. They are considered a filthy pest and are known to cause food poisoning. The Oriental Cockroach will invade a structure without needing a reason to.

They can access the home through voids, cracks, or even through sewer pipes. They can congregate in large numbers and take over a structure. Because of the diseases that roaches can carry, you want to take action of treatment if you notice that this filthy roach has moved in with you.

They are easily identified by their dark color and finding them in sewage or grease traps near a place of business.

Controlling the Oriental Cockroach

The first place you want to start when controlling the Oriental Cockroach would be a good IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program. Sanitation is always the big word! Keeping the inside of a structure in a clean state, not leaving food exposed for them to feed on, or even dish water sitting in the sink.

IPM goes a very long ways for the control of any pest. Outside you should seal all entry points where they can enter the structure such as under door jams, cracks around windows, pipes with gaps around them running through walls or floors.

These nasty roaches will crawl through pipes to enter homes; for example a washing machine drain pipe. The ends of open pipes should be covered by a mesh screen in order to keep the Oriental Cockroach out but still allow for the flow of your drain.

Oriental Cockroaches like damp areas, therefore fixing leaky pipes will help dry up the damp area they thrive for. Crawlspace homes should be well ventilated with the appropriate venting.

For proper venting for a structure you can contact your local pest control company in the area that you live for details. Codes and specifications may differ from state to state. The Oriental Cockroach can be treated with residual pesticides for control.

Keep in mind they like damp areas, so if you use residual sprays for control the effectiveness may not last as long as the label specifies. You may consider a wettable powder for the treatment of the pest in these areas of dampness.

If wettable powder pesticides are used inside the structure note that on dark surfaces they will be visible once dry. For inside you may prefer a EC (Emulsifiable Concentrate) that has very slight or no residue visible.

Using dusts for control is really a waste for control of the Oriental Cockroach because they will have no effect once they are damp.

Oriental Cockroach

Don’t you hate the German Cockroach?

The horrible German Cockroach

The German Cockroach is the nasty pest that infest in homes that people hate so much. All it takes is for one or a few to sneak into your home by accident in a bag or a box.

From there they will multiply hidden in your home before you even know you are infested. Some people think that just one treatment is all it takes when there is a German Cockroach infestation.

But think again! They didn’t get in your home over night, you want get rid of them over night. Sometimes it may take several treatments to take control of the situation depending on the infestation extent.

Identifying the German Cockroach

The adult German cockroach is about ½ an inch in size. They are tan colored with dark strips running parallel with the body behind the head.

They are the most common pest found inside structures and can occur in great numbers as they multiply fairly rapidly. German cockroach has incomplete metamorphosis, which means they go from an egg, to a nymph, to an adult.

The full completion of their life cycle depends on factors of their environment, such as food source, temperatures, etc. When identifying the female German Cockroach it is easiest to look at the abdomen.

They female have a rounded abdomen where as the male has a pointed one. The female German Cockroach produces an ootheca (egg capsule) about once a month. These capsules can contain up to 50 eggs per capsule.

This is why they multiply so quickly if not treated in the early stages of infestation. German Cockroach have wings, but are not strong flyers. They can get immune to chemicals if the same chemical is applied multiple times.

Mostly when an infestation initiates, it is usually in the kitchen area where food and water sources are plentiful. As they begin to multiply the will slowly take over your entire home.

When heavy infestation occurs you will notice an odor in your home that is not quite refreshing.

German Cockroach

Treating the German Cockroach

There are several chemicals and tools to treat the German Cockroach. Some of these include the liquid poison as you know it. There are several types to choose from depending on if you want a quick kill, a slow time released encapsulated chemical, an odorless chemical, or some people prefer a chemical with a smell.

There are also wettable powders, but these tend to leave powdery spots on dark colored areas and are an eye sore to some people. Whichever one you choose keep in mind German Cockroaches will get immune to most chemicals and some faster than others.

Therefore you want to rotate the chemicals you apply according to the label if your infestation requires multiple treatments. Other tools that can be used in conjunction with the liquid chemicals method of treatment for German Cockroaches would be gel baits or bait stations.

These have seemed to work very well over the years long as they are placed correctly and all other food sources are removed. This includes good sanitation of the home and the removal of dead German Cockroach carcasses.

Think about it! If you are offered steak or hot dogs, which would you choose? By doing this you leave roaches with no choice but to eat the baits you’ve applied. Another tool to use in German Cockroach control is sticky boards.

They can be used as a tool to drop the population slightly as the roaches’ crawl onto them and get stuck. From there you can just dispose of the sticky boards. Sticky boards can be used as a tool for IPM (integrated pest management).

By using sticky boards for IPM you are able to find the heavy traffic areas and treat the areas accordingly other than to just guess. There are also dusts than can be used for German Cockroach control as a tool also.

These are a last resort being the drift of the fine powders are hard to keep on target. Dusts are good to use for inaccessible areas such as wall voids or the voids under cabinets.

Dusts have a long residual life but are not effective if they get wet.
There is also IGR’s (Insect growth Regulator) that can also be useful as in to keep the German Cockroach from multiplying faster than you are able to get control of a heavy infestation.

This just keeps them from the continually breeding. As you can see there is a many of tools that can be used for German Cockroach control.

Once you have found the extent of infestation and choose the method of treatment, follow the directions on the label for your “German Cockroach” infestation.

German Cockroach

The American Roach, a home invader!

The Huge American Roach

The American Roach is the huge roach that is one of the outside pests that wonder indoors at times. Some people have been known to call this pest a water bug. They generally don’t infest inside homes, but crawl or fly in at times of dry weather in search of food or water sources.

They are usually just an annoyance for the home owner when they wonder inside. To some people they are a frightening pest. They say 99 percent of pests that invade the home come from outside and the American Roach is one of them pests.

Identifying the American Roach

The American Roach is the largest of the common cockroaches at a length of 1 ½ inches long. They are reddish brown in color with the thorax being lighter in color. The American Roach prefer dark moist areas.

Some of these areas would be under structures, in basements, mulches, wood piles, stumps, attics, behind the brick foundations of brick homes, etc. These are only a few of the living areas you will find the American Roach. They are a noisy pest as they are loud crawlers in areas such as leaves in the yard.

They can produce into great numbers, but unlike the German Cockroach having a great many of eggs per capsule the American Roach ootheca (egg capsule) only has around 15 eggs inside. They are scavengers and will eat almost anything but prefer items such as paper, fruits, starchy foods, leaves, fungi, etc.

These are only a few things the American Roach will eat. The American Roach is also able to fly and can glide long distances.

Control of the American Roach

There are several things that can be done in order to control the American roach and keep the population to a minimum. One thing would be to remove areas in which they live.

Some examples are piles of leaves, mulch areas, and piles of junk where they harbor, wood piles, etc. Access points where they enter the structure can be sealed or caulked to keep them out of the home.

I wouldn’t recommend caulking the gaps in the bricks for brick homes as this acts as ventilation for moisture inside the walls. These gaps in the bricks should not be caulked to keep the American Roach out of your home.

If they are sealed, you can create another problem of potentially having mold in your walls. These gaps were left there for a reason. Residual sprays can be sprayed for American Roaches to areas specified by the label.

Some of these areas would be inside the structure, under a structure, or the perimeter for example. Dusts are a great tool for treating the American Roach in areas such as voids that are untreatable with residual sprays.

If using dusts they must be used in dry areas or they will not benefit you in any way if the dusts are applied to moist areas. Dusts should be used as the label specifies and applied lightly as if applied heavily they will act as a deterrent.

Be sure if using dusts to control the American Roach your placement is in areas where children and pets are not subject to come in contact with them. Baits are also a tool that can be used for control of the pest.

Sticky boards can be used for IPM (integrated pest Management) to find the heavy traffic areas where treatment is needed the most. I have found that wettable powders work very well for the American Roach control.

American Roach