Peggy was disgusted when she found cockroaches scuttling under her kitchen cabinets late one night. She could not understand how this happened! She thought cockroaches only infest dirty houses, and she had always kept her apartment so tidy.
Peggy was worried her friends or neighbors would find out about the cockroaches so she grabbed the first can of insecticide she found and heavily sprayed the areas where they were spotted. In fact, Peggy was so desperate to get rid of these uninvited guests she did this repeatedly over the next several weeks. However, the cockroaches always came back.
Peggy was concerned about continuing to use these sprays, and she knew she needed a long-term solution to her cockroach problems. She decided to call the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) for more information.
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The NPIC specialist explained that cockroaches can survive anywhere they are able to find food, water, and shelter.
Cockroaches get into homes by:
Once inside homes, cockroaches remain hidden by:
Peggy learned that some pesticide sprays repel cockroaches rather than killing them. That's why many experts recommend using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach. IPM uses a combination of methods to prevent and eliminate pests in the most effective and least hazardous manner.
Prevention is the key to avoiding a cockroach infestation:
If a cockroach makes its way into your home, maintenance and good housekeeping are essential:
Pesticide products may also be used in an IPM plan if necessary, However, remember to always read the label first! Consider starting with the least-toxic options available. Peggy was given the telephone number for her cooperative extension service and the NPIC web site "Understanding and Controlling Cockroaches" to learn more handy tips about cockroach control in her home.