Cockroach control by Toxic Respond can carry bacteria that can cause infections in humans and animals, as well as trigger asthma symptoms. Their droppings can also aggravate respiratory problems. In addition, their saliva can irritate the skin and eyes. The good news is that integrated pest management techniques and sanitation practices can control cockroaches without the need for sprays, foggers or other toxic chemicals.
The most significant advances in cockroach control have been made with bait products, which are available in gels, pastes, or granules. Look for cockroach baits with abamectin, boric acid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, fipronil, hydramethylnon, imidacloprid, or pyrethrins as the active ingredient (see Table 3).
Pheromones and non-toxic pesticides are other options for cockroach control. These chemicals are less toxic to people and animals than most pesticides and act on multiple sites in a roach’s body, making it more difficult for cockroaches to develop resistance. However, these products are not as effective as traps and baits.
Indoor chemical control is generally warranted only when a substantial cockroach population is established. If you think you have a problem, set traps and monitor them regularly to check for re-infestation. Seal cracks and crevices around doors, windows, and vents, and repair door sweeps and weather stripping. Keep garbage, newspapers, boxes, and stacks of lumber or firewood away from buildings.
Inspect food deliveries before putting them in kitchens and store foods in tightly closed containers, especially those containing meat, grains, beans, and sweets. Clean drains regularly and remove cockroach egg capsules from hidden surfaces such as the undersides of tables and dressers.