Insect Growth Regulators for Roaches
Insect growth regulators, or IGR, are chemicals which can basically act as birth control, and are common in many pest control treatment programs. Due to their reproduction rates, it is imperative to include IGR treatments to prevent population growth in cockroach infestations. A single pair can lead to hundreds or thousands of offspring over their lifecycles, which is why cockroach populations can take hold and spread as quickly and problematically as they do.
IGR chemicals have many advantages when used correctly in a cockroach treatment plan. For one, roaches tend to build up tolerance and resistance to many insecticides, lessening their effectiveness in population control. IGRs work differently than insecticides by targeting growth cycles instead of their central nervous system. If a cockroach cannot reach adulthood, it won’t be able to reproduce. (more…)