Category Archives: Roaches


Winter Bugs and Other Pests: Where Do They Go and How Do They Survive?

As we enter the winter months and anticipate the holiday season, there are many things to look forward to: cozy nights by the fire, holiday decorations, warm sweaters…but pests aren’t on the list. For residents of Lancaster and York counties, winter bugs like ground beetles, stink bugs, ladybugs, boxelder beetles, and grain beetles can become a major nuisance in the winter. Other common winter pests in Central PA include mice, centipedes, silverfish, cockroaches, and spiders.

But how do these bugs and other pests survive the cold — and where do they go? Let’s take a look at some of the most common winter pests in Central PA and how they manage to make it through the season.

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How to Get Rid of Roaches – A Comprehensive Guide

Cockroaches — or as they’re more commonly called, roaches — are a nuisance in homes everywhere. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also spread disease. In fact, roach fecal particles in the home are the number one cause of asthma in children. Plus, roaches can spread salmonella and gastroenteritis. So how do you get rid of roaches thoroughly and effectively?

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Drain Bioremediation, Grease Trap Cleaning Help Keep Pests Out of Lancaster and York Restaurants

The commercial grease traps and grease inceptors used by restaurants are necessary for keeping grease and other waste solids from entering wastewater disposal systems. But the trapped organic waste is an attractive food source for small flies and other pests.

Professional pest suppression services through drain bioremediation combined with professional grease trap cleaning are a food service manager’s best friend. The disinfecting team at Dominion Pest Control is equipped and ready to help Pennsylvania restaurants clean organic debris buildup in food service areas as well as bar and tap system areas.

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Facing A Roach Problem In PA?

bigstockphoto_Cockroach_20369681If you are seeing roaches in Lancaster or York PA, it’s time to call Dominion Pest Control! We treat German, Brown Banded, Oriental, American, and Pennsylvania Wood Roaches, or any other roach you will find in PA! Simply click on the Roach Preparation Sheet and give us a call to set up your roach treatment: 717-393-7879. Roach Preparation Sheet English & Spanish.

How Do I Kill Roaches?

Q. How do I kill Roaches?

A. If you live in Lancaster or York PA, you will usually see one of about four species of roaches.  We normally deal with American cockroaches, German Roaches, Brown Banded Roaches, and Oriental Roaches.  Sometimes, we will even see a Wood Roach (Pennsylvania Wood Roach).  To control them, it is important to use IGR’s.  This stands for Insect Growth Regulator.  By prohibitting roaches from multiplying, we use IGR’s, and stop the next generation.  It is very difficult to stop them without using growth regulators.  If you live in York or Lancaster PA, and need roach control, give us a call.

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.

Roaches in PA

There are only three or four species of Roaches that you will find in your home here in Lancaster and York, PA. The most popular by far, is the German Roach. Sometimes confused with Brown Banded Roaches, German Roaches are light brown and small. These guys multiply faster than rabbits. They always come from people bringing them in, or by an attached building that has an infestation. They do not live outside, and need to dwell with people to survive. Once impregnated, the female German Roach can release eggs at will. It’s kind of scary isn’t it? Well don’t fear, Dominion is here! We can get control of these roaches rather quickly. Maintaining control is recommended monthly.

Another roach commonly seen here is the Oriental Cockroach. Black and larger, they are found mostly in basements, but can be seen wondering around even on the 2nd floor. In Lancaster and York, PA, one can find oriental roaches living in the sewers and coming up dried out drains. Older structures seem to be more susceptible to oriental roaches. Spraying is not as effective as commercial granule baits for this roach which loves the cover of darkness. There will be a significant decrease of activity after our 1st service for oriental roaches. Maintaining control is recommended monthly.

The American Cockroach is the biggest that you will find in your home here in Lancaster and York, PA. These are the ones exterminators tell their “War Stories” about. They are a formidable foe, but with proper professional products mixed with experience, they don’t stand a chance against Dominion Pest Control. Although they are frightening to the home occupier, we can get and maintain control of these guys easily.