Insect Growth Regulators & Roaches

If you have roaches in Lancaster PA, or York PA, Dominion Pest Control controls roaches in both counties. Roaches are not beneficial insects. What that means is that they do not help us in anyway. In fact, they actually hurt us. I know, you are probably saying, “What does he mean by that?” Roaches are the number one cause of asthma in children. And the gross thing, it is roach fecal particles in the air that do it. Secondly, roaches contaminate food sources.

Tons, yes hundreds of tons of food gets thrown out every year due to roaches contaminating food that humans eat.

The main problem with roaches is, in some species, the females only have to be impregnated one time, and then can release egg sacks at willful of baby roaches. This means that you can have a roach baby machine in under the refrigerator and not even know it. The way we combat this problem with pest control products is something called an Insect Growth Regulators. An IGR stops roach populations by telling baby roaches that they are already an adult roach, tricking them. So they do not turn into adult roaches, the only roaches that can reproduce.

In essence, when you kill one roach, you are taking out an army, a future roach army if you will. We know that it is impossible to extinct roaches, but it is important to get everyone that you see
running around.

If you think you are going to control roaches with a can of spray in Lancaster PA, think again. You may be in for the battle of your life. There are many species of roaches, but only a handful that actually invade structures. In this article, I would like to cover German roaches, the predominate roaches in apartments, trailers, homes, and warehouses.

Now nobody likes roaches of course, and since they are not a beneficial insect, everybody likes to blame someone else for having them. As an example, the German roach is not the German roach in Germany. No, it is the French Roach (how convenient). But you see, there is good logic behind it. The German roach has to come from someone else if you have them. It does not, can not, live apart from humans. So much for “they were here for millions of years before us”). Nope, the species has not been found apart from us. And the only way you can get a good infestation of these roaches is to have someone bring them in (including yourself).

Now you can get them by being near another residence that has them so bad they are spreading to you. I see this all the time too. But my point here is that no one will lay claim to them. Okay, by now you are asking, “okay, but how do you kill German roaches?”.

IGRs are a great way to help stop them. This stands for Insect Growth Regulator. By stopping the roaches from turning into adults, we can stop them from having more baby roaches. But this will not kill the German roaches that are already adults. So you are going to need one of the insecticide concentrates. Make sure that you mix it well in your sprayer. Note: you can mix an IGR with an insecticide concentrate in your sprayer.

However, you do not want to spray over your food stuffs, or your stove, or in your cabinets (unless the labels allow you after you have removed your items). With this in mind, you are going to want an insect bait. There are insect gel baits, and insect bait stations. Both are a good idea for the roach who wants to come out at night and have a snack. Using insecticide concentrations, Insect Growth Regulators, and insect baits, you can systematically kill roaches easily.  Dominion Pest Control has a very successful program for roach control.  The video below displays a serious roach infestation in Lancaster that was filmed by the Dominators reality show crew.

Also, feel free to download our Roach Preparation Sheet.