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Pest Identification is the Key To Elimination

Any effective ant and roach control strategy must first begin by accurately identifying the pest or pests you’re dealing with. Without the pest identifying part of the strategy, you could be targeting the wrong bug.

Are you after a cockroach, a June bug, or a cricket? It’s good to know because beetles, crickets, and water bugs look like roaches but are actually beneficial insects. The cockroach, on the other hand, is a disease-spreading, garbage-eating, sewer-dweller. So your first step in the pest identification process is obtaining a sample.

With your bug sample in hand, head over to the Combat Pest Identification Page, which can you help identify and create a plan for eliminating whichever particular pest species that is, well, bugging you. Because there are only a few varieties of both cockroaches and ants that are proven home-invading nuisances, this step is crucial.

Cockroaches are nocturnal and prefer to breed in dark, moist places; behind kitchen appliances, around basement drains, under floorboards and inside walls. If you have an infestation, you will find piles of roach feces around their nests. This looks like coffee grounds or black pepper. Sometimes a disgusting oily or musty smell will emanate from an infestation and you’ll probably find dead roaches here and there.

Ants, on the other hand, generally live outdoors in underground colonies or anthills. When the weather is warm, countless scouts emerge from their nests with a single-minded purpose—to find food and water for the queen and her brood. Items on the scout’s scavenger hunt are readily available in your home including sweet and greasy foods as well as leaky drainpipes. When ants find what they’re looking for, they take some back to the nest. And like a good scout, they leave pheromone trails so worker ants back in the colony can find their way to the newly discovered source--which may very well be your kitchen.

The best strategy to get rid of an ant and cockroach infestation, and to make sure it doesn’t come back, is to have the right pest control products on hand to do the job thoroughly and efficiently. You may think that plan includes spray insecticides. But spray insecticides are messy and not very effective for total elimination and control. Plus, you really don’t want to apply toxic vapors in the kitchen air where food may be contaminated.

Instead, you want a pest control product that kills roaches and ants at their source. Combat products are formulated with irresistible attractants that are specially formulated for ants and cockroaches. Bugs readily ingest Combat and bring it back to the nest where the poison spreads like wildfire throughout the colony, destroying the entire ant and cockroach infestation in a powerful, exponential domino-like effect.

Use Combat® Baits in areas where you’ve seen cockroach and ant activity. For example, place them on known trails and paths, along baseboards and in bathroom corners. Combat Gel is a great pest control choice for hard-to-reach areas. Gel is form fitting, so you can squeeze it into small, narrow openings that ants and cockroaches use to enter your home. And new Combat Bait Killing Strips have an unobtrusive design that lets you easily apply Combat in areas where neither baits or gels are suitable, such as underneath garbage can lids.

For more information on how Combat Baits and Gels work and how best to prevent bugs from invading your home and bathroom, view our helpful prevention video. You should also explore the Combat website for more great tips, advice and helpful information on identifying pests.