Cockroaches have been present on earth for over 350 million years. Cockroaches are responsible for many health problems and diseases. They are known carriers of pathogens known to cause tuberculosis, dysentery, typhoid, salmonella, asthma, allergies and over 40 other types of viruses and bacteria.
Cockroach problems can grow fast and can become very difficult to control. The most commonly found cockroach in Minnesota is the German cockroach. Cockroaches feed on a wide variety of items. They are particularly fond of sweets, beer, starches, and meat products. They are most active at night and hide in cracks and crevices.
Inspect common cockroach hiding places including under sinks, behind fridges, and freezers, cracks and crevices in cabinets, closets and bathrooms. Glue board traps can be placed in these areas to monitor for activity and determine the severity of the infestation.
Cockroach control is difficult and sanitation is key. Wash dishes regularly, empty garages and clean garbage and recycle bins often. Reduce clutter especially in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility rooms. Fix leaky pipes and other areas with moisture issues. Combinations of cock roach baits, residual insecticides, growth regulators, dusts, and traps can be used to control and monitor cockroach activity.
Cockroaches love warmth and moisture and can feed on nearly anything. Reduce clutter and keep clean kitchens and restrooms. Fix all moisture issues inside of the home. Glue board traps can aid in treatments and the early detection of cockroach infestations.