Oct 18, 2013 - 08:46 AM
American cockroaches are typically sewer roaches, that live in sewers. So with Sandy, when the sewers filled up with water, it could have flushed them out. That makes sense.
Many glue traps have an adhesive on the bottom side to stick them to the floor or cabinet to help prevent insects from crawling underneath. You also use scotch tape to tape the sides down and make "ramp" for the insects to funnel into the trap.
When it gets cold, most insects go into hiding. Its not hibernation, they just hide out and go into a period of "inactivity". Chances are that you will not see more in the winter. We are in Texas, and believe me, we have TONS of American Cockroaches here. We also live by a lake. I never see them in the winter. Only occasionally in the summer.
When cockroaches get hungry or thirsty, they start moving. They don't watch a clock, and they don't care what time it is. They can be active ANYTIME of the day or night. However, for discussion's sake, they are considered a Nocturnal insect, as most insects are more active when there is less light and less activity around them.
If you have been spraying, then that could explain the recent increase in activity. Synthetic pyrethroids such as Conquer are also very repellent to insects. So when it is sprayed around them, they start moving to get away from it. There is usually an INCREASE in activity after you spray until they die. When baiting this is not usually the case.
Hope this helps.
Oct 18, 2013 - 01:40 PM
Thanks for all the help. I will wait at least a few days to ask any new questions. I just need to ask one important thing in response to your answer, please get back to me whenever you can and again I appreciate all the advice/answers to my annoying questions : )
If this American cockroach problem comes back again in the spring/summer would you recommend that I use roach baits, or stick with a regular spraying of a stronger type insecticide (e.g. conquer, demon, etc.)?? Which would be more effective in terms of NOT SEEING THEM inside my house? That is the main thing I'm trying to achieve, if they're around but I don't see them it's not the end of the world but when I see them I'm a mess for hours afterwards. Also is it possible to do both a spray and a bait or will that not work? I also get creepy house centipedes every summer, so would a bait work on them as well? For about 10 yrs I spray every summer and that keeps the house centipedes to a minimum.
Oct 18, 2013 - 02:29 PM
Oct 18, 2013 - 03:04 PM
Ron please advise me on whether should I go ahead with the Maxforce Granular Insect Bait ? You said earlier "Granular baits such as Maxforce Complete are generally used outdoors, in attics and places where insects live. I would not recommend to scatter it indoors"
Can you please elaborate why I shouldn't use it indoors? If the roachs are NOT coming from outside is it still useful to spread the bait around the perimeter of my home? Could the bait possibly lure them outside where they will consume it?
Will placing the bait indoors (or outdoors even) somehow make the problem worse? To re-cap I've seen 1 smaller Am.roach on Oct.1 in my basement. Then since last Friday I've seen 4 small ones crawling around and 3 stuck to traps (so 7 in 1 week) all during the daytime. I also want to mention at this point that there has been very little rain here in NYC the past few weeks. Could something like that cause these smaller nymph or baby Am.roaches to come inside even though I have no food or water lying around?
I am a nervous wreck after seeing another one of these things a few hours ago, Thanks Again For All The Help!!
Oct 18, 2013 - 04:12 PM