Joe Barile, BCE, Bayer Environmental Science: Roaches – New Approaches to Dealing with an Old Nemesis

Posted: February 17, 2014 in New York Pest Expo
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Joe Barile PE 2013It was a while since Joe made a presentation at the New York Pest Expo and he received a huge welcome back reception. From all of us, thanks Joe for being a part of the New York Pest Expo once again and sharing your expertise with us!

Roaches are rebounding and it’s time to go over the fundamentals. We’ve been ignoring roaches at the conferences and Joe put them back where they belong: front and center. To really understand how to approach a cockroach infestation you have to think small. Cockroaches like warm, humid and hidden places. They live a very secretive life. They’re also extremely sensitive to touch. If they sense the slightest breeze they’ll run and hide. They live for three things: food, water, and shelter/breeding sites. Remove any one of these elements (especially water) and you will create enormous stress on their environment.

Joe’s recommended approach: “Practice proven methods: Maintain an aggressive monitoring program and address sanitation issues”.  Then communicate with your client. They need to be a part of the solution or the program will fail.

There are three basic stages to roach control:

1)   Clean out.  Use effective and fast techniques so as to get a handle on the population quickly.

2)   Rotation strategy. Use multiple approaches, formulations and techniques.

3)   Maintenance Mode. Monitor and gauge your program’s effectiveness. Also, even though we love the gels, old gel provides a negative feeding condition. Scrape it all out and keep it fresh and targeted and you’ll see the feeding behavior go up. By the way, there’s nothing wrong with going old school and using bait stations. Nymphs go in and feel safe. They eat and then defecate encouraging more roaches to enter the station.

When it comes to roaches, the proven techniques still work best.  No need to reinvent the wheel. We have a large choice of options when selecting chemical methods. Don’t forget the basics and keep up with the new technology and you’ll keep them in their place.


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