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I've always used a vacuum with pest control. For a pest management professional, I feel it's nearly as important as a flash light. Why leave pesticides and hope they come in contact with the target pest when you can physically remove them from the location? Just good IPM if you ask me.

Heat can work as a flushing agent too! Use an everyday hair drier with a bit of PVC tube duct taped on to direct the flow and reduce the heat a bit. One person blows in the cracks / crevices, roaches run out, the other person sucks em up in the vacuum.

i enjoyed reading about using a hoover . i do carry a hoover but as yet dont use it much. but reading this has made me want to give it more of a chance rather than hitting every where with chemicals
thank you

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Hilary, eXtension recently did a webinar on bat management. You can view the recording at:

If you have a suitable vacuum, and are doing your own general cleaning up, plus sucking up roaches, I've found it helps to make sure the bag contains, or gets a dose of bits of dry soil,gritty stuff, coarse dust, even fine gravel, lint and such, and hair, whether from humans or pets.

The sucked up bugs appear to get badly damaged this way, and I haven't had a single one escape the vacuum or a bag.

I tested for weeks for potential escapes. But just in case, I still leave a tightly sealed plastic bag fastened over the intake end of the hose, and if the canister has the hose removed, I cover the intake hole with tape.

The damaged insects don't seem to last long once in the bag. Wing cases & legs get caught up in the detritus, especially lints and fur or hair.

I have opened vac bags with freshly sucked up roaches to see what happened to them. First, they're hard to find, as they're covered in heavy dust and dirt. I think the spiracles get a bit blocked up, so they don't breathe well, and seem to die pretty fast.

They're also physically trapped in the hair and stuff. If you're not up for making a panty hose catcher bag, or wish to use vacuum bags until they're full, this is a way to do that. Though if you're allergic to them or there's asthma in the home, perhaps not a good idea to leave the bag in the vacuum so long.

Only fair to mention the canister vacuum I use is an ancient, but still very functional, high end Kenmore. It has a pair of filters, one HEPA filter at the exhaust output end, another coarser particle filter inside the canister at the start of the exhaust air stream.

I find the inside filters do need changing a bit more often than normal, but it's not a bad trade off given the price of the good quality bags for those with allergies.

I live in a large building, where no pest control was done for nearly a decade, so the roach population is just enormous. German roaches.

Management was using gel/powder, then spraying, and it wasn't working.

Last week they did a flush/vac, worked pretty well. Now planning a flush/vac/spray. The baits have been very disappointing so far, being largely ineffective.

good article on vacuums

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