Least toxic strategies for managing German cockroaches

Changlu Wang, Gary W. Bennett

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German cockroach resistance development, chronic infestations, and the health impact of insecticide applications have prompted increased interest in least toxic technologies and integrated pest management strategies (IPM) for managing German cockroaches to minimize insecticide use, increase long-term efficacy, and slow down insecticide resistance development. New research data on the relative efficacy of attractants, cockroach pheromones, sticky traps, inorganic insecticides, insect growth regulators, and IPM programs have assisted in the adoption of alternative cockroach management methods. Yet, challenges remain in voluntary adoption of IPM programs and least toxic technologies. Education and coordinated efforts among residents, management staff, pest management professionals, and policy makers will be needed for greater acceptance of least toxic strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPesticides in Household, Structural and Residential Pest Management
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780841269675
StatePublished - Dec 19 2009

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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