5 Questions with Janis Reed, PH.D., B.C.E.

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July 15, 2020

Dr. Janis Reed, Technical Service Manager

Cockroaches have been a major part of our industry since the beginning and they continue to provide not only a source of revenue and reoccurring services but also a challenge to PMPs.

1. What do you think is the most underutilized method for controlling cockroaches?

There really is no replacement for physical removal of cockroaches infesting a structure. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can remove hundreds if not thousands of insects in a matter of minutes. Once these cockroaches are removed from the environment, there is no need to manage them anymore...they are gone. I’ve yet to encounter a cockroach that was resistant to being removed via vacuuming. The PMP and the tools he chooses to use subsequent to vacuuming have a better opportunity to succeed if fewer cockroaches need to be managed overall.

2. What product(s) do you think are the most underutilized for controlling cockroaches?

Insect growth regulators (IGRs) are an often-overlooked solution to nagging cockroach problems. The addition of these tools to the accounts with constant cockroach problems can be the difference between “OK” control and elimination of a population. IGRs such as Tekko Pro affect the next generation of insects and stop adults from reproducing. If you can stop these things you can stop an infestation in its tracks.

3. What is Doxem® Precise featuring the Precision Delivery System (PDS) and why should PMPs consider it for cockroach control?

Doxem® Precise is a brand new dry flowable bait formulation, specifically designed to be attractive to all species of cockroaches. The Precision Delivery System is an application device that helps PMPs deliver precise doses of bait deep into cockroach harborage. The precise applications of Doxem® Precise allow the PMP to utilize the product efficiently and waste less bait. Targeted applications of bait help PMPs to place product directly where cockroaches are living and breeding. The combination of these two revolutionary products means PMPs can have a more professional appearance and provide improved control of cockroaches.

4. What does Doxem® Precise provide a pest management professional that other products do not?

Doxem® Precise, once applied into cockroach harborage, can provide cockroach control for up to 2 years. No other product can provide control this long! If there is bait present, the application is still working and managing cockroach populations for a full 24 months.

5. Can Doxem® Precise be used to manage pests other than cockroaches?

Yes! The Doxem® Precise label specifically lists pests other than cockroaches. Many indoor and outdoor pests such as silverfish, ants (excluding fire, Pharaoh, harvester, and carpenter ants), crickets, pillbugs, stored product pests and earwigs are listed pests and may be controlled using Doxem® Precise. Please see the product label for more information and directions for use.