Military, Not The Internet, Blamed For Invasive Cockroach

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Choe / UC Riverside) Also By Geoffrey Mohan December 9, 2013, 2:34 p.m. Dont be quick to blame Internet commerce for the invasion of the Turkestan cockroaches in the Southwest. The insects are more likely the result of U.S. military entanglements in the Middle East and Central Asia, according to UC Riverside entomologists. The Turkestan cockroach (Blatta lateralis) first appeared well before the public Internet existed -- in 1978, around the former Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop, in Californias San Joaquin Valley. It soon showed up at Fort Bliss in El Paso, and several other bases, according to the UC researchers. Please visit,0,4247320.story for the original version of the article.

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More natural pest solutions: Oregonian reader shares cockroach control secret

Then, smear petroleum jelly around the inside of the jar's neck. Place the jar in a discreet location where roaches have been found. They'll climb into the jar to get the food, but the slippery petroleum jelly barrier will prevent them from climbing out. Eventually, the roaches will dehydrate and die in the jar, leaving you with the simple (if a bit unnerving) task of dumping them in the trash. I haven't tried this approach -- thankfully, my home is cockroach-free -- but a little online snooping turned up many similar approaches, using everything from the feed pellets, to honey, to coffee grounds. Do you have any tried and true natural solutions for pests I didn't mention in my article? Please visit for the original version of the article.


Simply using gels and chemical sprays wont help in the long-term for cockroach control, said Ramachandran. Moreover, a number of problems arise when gel and sprays are used together. They render each other ineffective (tainted gels lose their appeal) while roaches have also developed resistance to gels, researchers show. He said it is wrong to assume the pest-control people alone can control pests. People must cooperate through cleanliness, housekeeping, storage and waste management. While chemicals are the usual way to fighting the menace, high-pressure steam (heated at above 60 degrees C) is also used. While this treatment uses no chemicals and is fairly quick, it is expensive and involves having to turn your house upside down. Please visit for the original version of the article.

Clean up to keep roaches at bay

Whatever you throw at them, they have an amazing ability to quickly adapt and overcome adversity, said Phil Koehler, an entomology professor with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. We know that they have developed resistance to many of the most widely used insecticides, and now they are turning up their noses at baits, including some that were very effective just a few years ago. He said the bait-avoidance problem was first noticed about five years ago in Florida, where the states warm climate is ideal for roaches, and in recent months has spread to other states as far north as Michigan. In Florida, pest control operators say that 60 percent of their customers have German cockroaches (Blattella germanica) that are refusing to eat most commercial baits, indicating there is something in the baits that roaches do not like, he said. Koehler and Barbara Bayer, a graduate research assistant, are working with pest control operators and product manufacturers to develop and test more effective baits for the German cockroach. Its the roach that gives all other cockroaches a bad name, Koehler said. Its also the most common cockroach species in homes, apartments, restaurants, hotels and other institutions in the United States and in most parts of the civilized world. As a result of their research, two new bait products designed for use by pest control operators have been shown to kill cockroaches that are refusing to eat existing baits, and the UF researchers are monitoring their effectiveness. Please visit for the original version of the article.