How to Kill Wood Roaches

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How to Kill Wood Roaches
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Wood Roaches are very similar in appearance to the American cockroach, although they are slightly smaller then the traditional American roach. One main difference in wood roaches than any other species of cockroach is their biology. Wood roaches are attracted to light, while almost every other species of cockroach mostly avoid light. Another main difference in wood roaches is that they are active during the day and the night. Here are simple and effective measures to eradicate wood roaches for good.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Exterminator
  • Exclusion Techniques

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    How to Kill and Prevent Wood Roaches

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    Contact an exterminator. If your wood roach infestation is limited to one or two wood roaches in the home the best thing to do is to manually kill them and discard them immediately. However, if you have a wood roach infestation the best thing to do is to call an exterminator. While most exterminators will simply recommend using preventive measures, they do have certain sprays and insect traps to finish the job. However exterminators are usually not needed for wood roaches because they usually do not infect homes, and they only last for a few weeks out of the year.

  2. 2

    Use non chemical preventive techniques. Because wood roaches do not normally establish themselves indoors and their presence is only temporary for a few weeks during the early spring months, chemical control measures are rarely needed. One of the best preventive techniques for avoiding wood roaches is to store firewood far enough away from the house. Also, try not to carry over large quantities of firewood from season to season to reduce potential breeding sites. Wood roaches will die on their own after the season is over, so the best thing you can do is to prevent them of coming near your home.

  3. 3

    Avoid the use of unnecessary lights at night. Because wood roaches can fly, and are attracted to light, it is smart not to have excess lighting turned on during the night. Because females will crawl into areas around yard lights and porch lights, this will only attract more male wood roaches looking to breed.

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    Practice exclusion techniques. While wood roaches mostly stay outdoors near areas of rotting wood, they have been known on occasion to venture indoors. The best thing you can do to keep wood roaches at bay is to use preventive measures such as sealing any cracks or opening with caulking compound, putty or plastic wood. Also maintain tight fitting screens as well as sealed doors and windows. Also, remove rotting leaves from window wells, and move garbage cans out of a preferred moist habitat.

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