Prior To Treatment
- We graciously ask that all children and pets remain out of treatment area. It is recommended that Children & Pets stay in another room while service is being performed.
- Remove ALL items stored under kitchen sink, including pots, pans, cleaning chemicals, etc. leaving that cabinet empty.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Before service is provided, we must remove any food crumbs, food items, etc. so that our baiting program is effective. Clean under refrigerator and stove completely, as food scraps tend to work their way under these devices and provide a great source of nutrition for German Roaches. Also, clean the sides of the stove and Refrigerator, as grease collects on the sides and is an excellent source of protein for these pests. Please remember if you are providing food for these roaches, our baits will not be attractive to them. The idea is to get rid of any food they may come in contact with, so the only thing to eat are our baits.
- Vacuum all areas of the kitchen including shelves, counters, floors, etc.. This will eliminate roach feces, dead carcasses, and roach eggs.
- You can even vacuum up live roaches. BE SURE TO EMPTY BAG OR TRAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING VACUUMING!
- Unload the dishwasher.
- Remove all food from stovetop, countertops, top of the refrigerator.
- Pick up and remove pet food dishes and food from floor. Do not leave food out overnight. This is a source of food for roaches
- Take all garbage outside and place in sealed containers on the exterior of the home, preferably in the heat
- Clean all counter spaces. Remove any food crumbs from microwave ovens, blenders, and other electric utensils. Knife blocks are a great hiding place for roaches. Take a look down the slots some time. Roaches love to hide in those cracks.
- Clean behind and under refrigerator, stove, or anything else that can be moved in the kitchen.
- Clean Floors prior to pest control service.
- You may notice very small dots of our bait throughout the kitchen. PLEASE, DO NOT CLEAN UP THE BAIT! This bait will ultimately be what kills the problem. We will not place baits in obvious places, and will do everything we can to keep them hidden, however there may be some placements that can be seen. Please, dont clean up these baits and let them do their magic, feed the roaches.
- Remember, you did not get German roaches overnight and you will not get rid of them overnight. German Roach removal takes time and patience. You will notice after the first 7 to 10 days, that dead roaches will begin to appear. As these roaches begin to die off, they will drop their ootheca (egg), which has up to 45 babies inside. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMOVE THE EGGS IMMEDIATELY! THIS WILL STUNT THE GROWTH OF THE POPULATION!
- Physically go through all boxes, containers, that may hold roaches. Roaches love cardboard boxes, so go through any open containers that may hide these roaches and their eggs. Discard immediately!
- Vacuum or sweep up all EGGS! Roach Eggs Are your worst enemy. Thoroughly look through kitchen and remove all egg sacks. You will be glad you did
- Wipe down, vacuum all counters and floors, including cracks and gaps. Keeping all food residue away from foraging roaches.
- Wipe down all appliances.
- Vacuum again before putting items back into cabinets and storage bins.
- Be sure to check drawers, cabinets, floors, etc. for dead roaches and their eggs. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum. Sweep, Vacuum. Remember to empty bag after vacuuming. Any roaches left alive inside the vacuum bag, will re-infest if left in the bag.
Keys to keeping your home German Roach Free:
German Roaches require 3 things, Food, Water, and Harborage. Take these away and get rid of your roach problems.
- FOOD: Be sure that countertops, stovetops, and floors are free from food scraps. These scraps provide food for these pests. Want to get rid of the roaches? Get rid of the food!
- WATER: Do not leave any water for these guys! At night, wipe up any excess water. Keep sink area, counters, stovetop, and floors free from water. Keep sink area and counters completely dry. Remember even the smallest drops provide water German Roaches. Want to get rid of the roaches? Get rid of the water!
HARBORAGE: Roaches love cracks & Crevices to hide and lay eggs. Seal all cracks around the kitchen counter. German Roaches will try to stay close to the sink (Water Supply). Seal all cracks with standard caulking. Want to get rid of the roaches? Seal the cracks & Crevices and take away their hiding places.
- Clean up all spilled foods from floors and countertops. We place baits in certain areas for the roaches to eat. If you leave even small crumbs they will not eat the bait.
- Keep food in tightly sealed containers or ziplock bags.
- Keep counter space clean of food and water at all times. Make sure floors are free from food remains.
- Take garbage out every day and keep outside garbage can away from the house.
- Do not leave pet food or water in a feeding dish overnight. Transfer pet food to a tightly sealed container once it is opened.
- Run dishwasher regularly.
- Roaches look for hiding places to lay their eggs. Be sure to clear clutter from countertops, cabinets, pantries. Clutter provides hiding places for roaches. Remove clutter and greatly reduce your roach population.
- Get rid of all boxes that store food. Your better off with the cereal bag than the box. Roaches love boxes, even ones that appear sealed. They love to get under the flaps. Ideal for laying eggs.
- Inspect all grocery bags for roaches before storing product. Yes believe it or not. Many times German Roaches come into your home via sources like grocery stores, restaurants and work.
- Discard any cardboard boxes immediately.