Managing cockroaches without pesticides

By Ralph E. Mitchell

I often ask people who want to control pests this question: “Do you prefer to mop up the floor or shut off the faucet?”  This relates to the logic of whether you want to stop the reason certain pests are present, or just continue to kill them as they come.  If the reason a mouse has entered your house is a hole – plug up the hole!  There is often an identifiable reason why pests are present and spontaneous creation is not a reason!  This is particularly evident with cockroaches.  These insects need food, moisture and shelter, which we often provide unknowingly.  Through the prevention methods of exclusion and sanitation, cockroach populations can be significantly reduced and/or prevented.

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