Wood cockroaches live primarily outdoors. They do not breed indoors. If these insects are found wandering in the house, one must determine the cause of their presence. To reduce the likelihood of infestation, move woodpiles away from the house, replace window screenings, and redirect exterior lighting.
Once these preventive actions are taken, local intervention can be performed to eliminate the insects in the house. Residual action insecticides, such as Maheu&Maheu Crawling Insect Killer
aerosol spray and Maheu&Maheu Insecticide Dust
, are most efficient against cockroaches because their effect lasts several weeks. Spray the insecticide in cracks and crevices and apply the dust in structural openings behind outlet plates. Baited glue traps
can be used to attract and capture the insects, as well as detect the level of infestation.
If the outdoor population of cockroaches is large, we recommend using liquid insecticide to perform a complete treatment. Apply the product to all areas where cockroaches may hide: along foundations, in crack walls, fences, stacked wood, tree trunks and forks, and along a three-meter perimeter around the building.
- Use glue traps
- Spray indoor cracks and crevices with an insecticide in rooms where insects have been seen
- Spray or treat the outside perimeter of the house with an insecticide if a lot of insects are getting in
- Avoid storing materials by the house
- Seal the outsides of windows, doors, eaves, chimneys, etc. as completely as possible.
- Use yellow incandescent bulbs outdoors (such as Philips Bug-A-Way) instead of soft white ones.