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Cockroaches Galore: Housing Units Infested

May 29th, 2015

Cockroaches Galore: Housing Units Infested

Richmond, Virginia is a mid-sized citiy that, like many American cities, relies on public housing.  To keep apartments clean and livable, the Richmond Regional Housing Authority (RRHA) supervises maintenance and repair, but apparently they are skimping on basic pest control.  Roaches are living in huge numbers in their public housing complexes, according to one Virginia Tech entomologist.

Controlling populations of roaches is not difficult when proper extermination treatments are used, but the RRHA has hired the lowest bidder and the result:  464 cockroaches per unit.

“We found the largest, most spectacular infestations I have seen in my career. There are sanitation problems, water issues, clutter and the cockroaches have a lot of access to food,” said Dr. Dini Miller, a professor of urban entomology.

The RRHA is not unusual in hiring the lowest bidder it can contract, but in this case the problem is long-standing.  Dr. Miller speculated that the large roach infestation is not due to a complete lack of pest control, but shoddy and superficial work practices.

Miller’s research shows that cockroach populations can be reduced by 90% or more if consistent and sustained chemical treatments are employed.  By using cockroach bait throughout the units, and spending at least 15 minutes per application of the chemicals, a professionally run pest-control company could be successful at wiping out most of the bugs.

 

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