German Roach Cleanout Preparation

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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!
  • German RoachUnload 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.

After Treatment 

  • 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!

 

  • VacuGerman_Cockroach_Uthecaum 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 uGerman Roachesp 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.

Ant Control Miami – 786-462-5912

Ant or termite?

Is this an ant or a termite?

 Ant Control Miami

Ant control in Miami vs. Termite Control in Miami can be very confusing as these insects look very similar. However, the difference is night and day once you know what to look for. New Era Pest Control receives many phone calls with customers experiencing what they presume to be “Termites” and the end result winds being Flying ants.  Flying winged ants resemble the winged-swarming termite, however, ants swarm in early summer and termites tend to swarm in the spring. Typically, termites and carpenter ants are easily mistaken in South Florida

A very easy way to tell the difference between a carpenter ant and termite is the ant will have the typical pinched waist line, where the termite will have a more one piece body. The antennae of the carpenter ant will be elbowed rather that straight.  The wings of the termite are almost twice the length of the body and are uniform in size. Where the wings of the ant are more proportionate to their body size and the second set of wings are shorter.

Determining whether you have flying ants or winged termites is important in how the problem is treated. 

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Our experiences with carpenter ant Control is one that requires the use of a good detective. Our technicians are trained with those skills in mind. Finding the nests is critical to success and sometimes is rather  difficult one to remedy, unless a complete set of variables are considered. The typical call comes in and we are told that ants are swarming around a light source, let’s say in the bathroom, in a frenzy around  the bathroom light. A number of dead ants are found the next day in the same vicinity. When this call comes in, in the summer we assume it’s an ant issue, and normally are correct.

 Carpenter Ant Inspection

 The most important factor in controlling Carpenter Ants is inspection. Determining if the nest is located outside and foraging inside, or if a colony or satellite colony exists inside the home. Is many cases we  will find that ants are searching for food and water inside the home. Their main colony may exist outside, however the short journey into your home may provide adequate food and water sources to sustain the  colony.  In our findings, most of the time, we find that carpenter ants love moist, shady areas. Very rarely will you find a colony out in the sunlight. So lets say you are having an ant problem on the west side of  the house. My vision of that side of the house may look something like this or close by (Maybe a neighbors home?) 1. Shady 2. Moist 3. The presence of wet, possibly rotted wood, ex. wood chips, rotting trees  touching the structure, rotted wooden fence, old wood stacked on the side of the house, or something similar. These are the areas to begin your search for colonies. The key to this search is you have to search just before sunset. This is when they start their foraging. If you do find roaming ants, DO NOT KILL THEM just yet! Use them to locate where they are going and where they are coming from. Once the nest is located then treatment measures can begin.

Many times the ant colony is located outside and foraging into your home. However, this is not always the case. I have seen where a roof had a water leak and the wood became rotted. Remember carpenter ants like wet, rotted or decaying wood to rear their young. It is possible that the ants may have trickled up a tree touching the structure and started a satellite colony in that area. I have seen many times a nest started in the typical window frame or door frame. I have also seen where water damage has gathered in the corners of a room under the wooden floor or under the carpet tack stripping and moisture just helped out the situation. If those areas are not the culprit, searching wall voids around electrical outlets, cable or phone outlets are a great place to dust to see if you can stir up a colony. Another great place is the attic. Simply dusting the attic may resolve the issue, or a combination of all may be required.

Carpenter Ant Treatment

There are a number of ways to treat carpenter ants. The situation really dictates what treatment method is used. In the attic and wall treatment, using a diatomaceous earth based product with natural pyrethrin would work well. However, spreading a light coat consistently in the attic is clearly the way to go. Clumping the ingredients in certain areas simply, will not work. Wall voids must be treated correctly or killing workers occurs.  Using a series of ant baits can be effective if using the appropriate ant bait and in the right doses, in the right areas. Remember these ants go through a sugar feeding phase, and a protein feeding phase. Knowing the difference will make all the difference in the world.

If your looking for a pest control company that can do the work professionally, and without harmful, smelly pesticides, give us a call! 786-462-5912