The key identification features to look for are:
- dark chestnut color roaches,
- two dark stripes on the insects head or pronotum and
- light banding at the base of the wings.
- These features will help identify the Pennsylvania wood roach, German cockroach and the Brown banded roach respectively.
The process for treating German and Brown banded roaches are very similar with the use of either a baiting or a residual insecticide program. The treatment of Pensilvania wood roaches will also require an exterior treatment. All treatments target key areas where roaches can be found.
Preparation depends on the program selected. Baiting programs have no required preparation. A residual treatment program requires the customer to remove all items from cupboards, pantries and closets.
Note: The more thorough a customer prepares for this treatment the more effective the treatment.
For customers that receive a residual treatment, everyone is out of the home for 4 hours after the treatment is completed, this includes pets. I recommend that children under the age of two, women that are expecting or people with severe medical conditions stay out for 24 hours.
What to expect
In baiting programs, populations drop off slowly at first with a dramatic drop in numbers within the first two weeks. No sightings are to be expected one month after the treatment. Insecticidal treatments have a quick knock down effect on the roach population. Sickly or slow moving roaches may be spotted for up to four weeks.
Warranties can vary from 90 days to one year depending on the type of treatment selected.
Prices can range from $200 - $900 depending on several factors including treatment type.