Survey reports cockroaches still a formidable foe
by Tommy Underhill
November 20, 2019
The 2019 pest control operator survey, State of the Cockroach Control Market commissioned by PCT Magazine, found that the German cockroach is the most-commonly found pest in commercial kitchens, rental homes, and multi-family housing.
Numerous pest control professionals provided insight into significant mistakes that occur during cockroach treatments. According to the study, three significant mistakes often cloud the reputation of cockroach control:
- Assuming the client knows cockroaches: If your client tells you the bugs are only under the stove in the kitchen, don’t take their word for it! When you find one cockroach rest assured more are thriving throughout the building.
- Underestimating the lowly cockroach: Whoever says that some critter multiplies like rabbits never met a cockroach! If cockroaches dropped like flies everyone would be happy (and we’d be out of business)!
- Misreading the scope of the infestation: Think like a cockroach and inspect all the places they are likely to infest. Pesticidal treatments are effective when you to get the chemicals either on, into, under, or around the insects.
And equally problematic— and just like with bed bugs!— commercially-available bug bombs can actually make controlling cockroaches more difficult... while increasing their baseline exposure to pesticides.
The End of Cockroaches at Fat Freddy’s
Almost exactly a year ago I related the story of a happy ending to a long-running nightmare. Our story takes place in the winter of 1990...
The Health Department advised Fat Freddy’s restaurant in Irvine California that they were going to be closed down due to an excessive roach infestation. The restaurants’ management frantically called Dr. Linford’s offices on their third warning. The health inspector warned that she would return in two days for a final inspection and a subsequent closure of the 90,000 cubic foot, freestanding restaurant.
Treatment commenced at about midnight and ended at about 5:00 a.m. Most of the voids in the building were dusted with boric acid powder, an effective but slow-reacting desiccant. Heaters were turned on and temperatures reached as high as 115°F in the wall voids. At first the treatment was considered a failure because technicians did not achieve lethal 120°F temperatures for 30 to 60 minutes.
A week later the health inspector called Linford’s offices and asked to know what kind of treatment had been conducted. The health inspector then said that she could not flush out one live roach. She commented that roaches had been dying for the first three or four days and then she found nothing alive after that time.
One treatment. 100% mortality. Get the same results with your own GreenTech Heat Solutions equipment.
Thermal kill point for cockroaches
Achieve a proven thermal kill for cockroaches with GreenTech Heat Solution’s state-of-the-art technology. Our state-tested technology creates heat convection currents which transfer air throughout the room, forcing heated air molecules to transfer their energy into every surface of the room. Developed and perfected by Michael R. Linford PhD, our equipment is designed to be a complete cockroach heat treatment system without sacrificing quality or capability.
Effectively reduce or eliminate pesticides
Heat is the only truly organic cockroach control treatment method. Other companies would have you believe that their pesticides are organic or come from natural sources, but every applied pesticide carries with it some level of toxicity. Heat treatments are completely non-toxic and leave no chemical residue, eliminating your exposure over potential client health concerns.
Heat synergizes with chemicals to accelerate and enhance the effectiveness of pesticides and desiccant dusts. Create and establish a perimeter barrier with a desiccant dust to minimize the ability of cockroaches to migrate and travel throughout the treatment area.
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Consider heat as a comprehensive tool in the battle against cockroaches. Give us a call at 888-699-3944 or visit our online store to get started with heat today. Heat can significantly reduce treatment times when dealing with cockroaches. Heat synergizes desiccants and gels. Your life will be less stressful and your home will be bed-bug free. Your home or business will smell better and be healthier for everyone inside.