How do I know I have a problem?
If you have a cockroach problem you will see dead & alive cockroaches. Cockroaches are mainly
nocturnal so they are more likely to be seen at night. They require high temperatures, although
will survive and tolerate low temperatures (but will not thrive). Due to this they are most commonly
found in kitchens, laundry rooms, boiler rooms & anywhere? where high temperatures occur. In a
kitchen the favourite places for them to live will be inside fridges (fridge motors constantly give off heat),
cookers, boilers & washing machines.
Why should cockroaches be treated?
Cockroaches are a health hazard. If you are a commercial premises and you have cockroaches, the Environmental Health Dept. may close you down, fine you or both. If left the numbers will increase.
Preparation prior to Treatment
The cleaner the infested areas the better chance of success any treatment will have. Clean under and in cookers, fridges etc. All areas up and down (cockroaches can climb) need to be cleaned and de greased thoroughly. Contact you neighbours or any building connected to yours to see if they have a problem.Treatments of large communal type buildings will only work if the whole building is treated at the same time.
The cockroach infestation will have been baited using a bait called ?Maxforce? or treated with one of the following insecticide sprays: Demand CS or Ficam W. If our technician has used a dust formulation, the insecticide is Ficam D powder. We use modern biodegradable insecticides that are odourless, non-tainting, non-corrosive and non-staining. In some instances, such as heavy infestations, infestations spreading from neighbouring properties, or unclean surfaces, more than one spray or bait treatment will be needed for complete control. In some cases it may be necessary to spray or bait on a monthly basis until the infestation is eradicated, especially in shared, communal or multi-occupancy buildings.
What do I do afterwards?
You will see dead cockroaches around for a few weeks after each spraying or baiting. Remove these to the outside bin for disposal.? Try to refrain from washing down treated surfaces (for 2 months after last spraying), as this will wash away some or all of the insecticide or bait. The cleaner the premises are kept the more successful any treatments will be, and any infestations will be kept to a minimum. Insecticides work better on clean surfaces and cockroaches will feed on any sort of food debris, but this means keeping areas clean that are not usually seen (i.e. under ovens, wall floor junctions). Cockroach monitoring traps will be supplied to you to see if there are any cockroaches left or a new infestation has occurred. These are harmless sticky traps with a pheromone bait. They are a monitor only and will not act as a control.