In Alameda County, Oriental cockroaches may be found in suburban neighborhoods. Our mild climate allows them to live outdoors in utility boxes and under concrete slabs. They may be found in yard mulch or between stacks of stored wood. They are nocturnal and roam properties looking for food. They are mostly seen outside on driveways or sidewalks. They enter garages and homes if they can get under doors. Their climbing abilities are limited because they do not possess sticky pads on their feet like American or German cockroaches.
Outdoor treatments with poison baits or insecticides should be used in areas such as water meter boxes, along concrete edges, and as a barrier treatment around buildings. The key to success is to be sure to follow up over the next two months as the young emerge from the egg cases.
Cockroach bait stations, gel baits, insect growth regulators, dusts and sprays are available. Insecticides will suppress the population of Oriental cockroaches. It is best to consult a professional before applying, as incorrect use can exacerbate an infestation. Please contact us for consultations, inspections, identifications, and recommendations.
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