The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up...A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
– Albert Schweitzer
Only treating the foundation won't always rid you of a pest that is infesting your home. Here, a sewer roach infestation has taken hold in a basement underneath a utility room, feeding a spider population and causing problems for the home owners above.Transcription:
So here we are in the basement next to an exterior wall underneath the utility room. Now the utility room has a lot of, well, it's got a lot of water pipes coming in and out of the room. Its got hot water as well, which is what we see along here. Now the hot water pipe can often times have condensation small amounts, but condensation around the pipe which allows for different organisms to thrive in the basement with the added water. That's what this home owner has been experiencing, he's been seeing some larger black roaches up in his upstairs locations, particularly in the area of the utility room and so we came in to investigate and what we found is that there really is an infestation in the basement. It's really emanating from the basement, so if your pest control company is not inspecting and seeing where the real problems are, and just spraying around the foundation on a monthly basis or something, they're not gonna get to the source the problem.
It's a sewer roach issue because of the droppings. Now this is a spider web. Some enterprising spider thought he would catch some roaches. Well, what he mostly caught was the roach droppings. This is actually fecal matter from the roach population that is living somewhere in this area. It drops down and its found all over on the ground throughout this area and I know its not rodent droppings because the it-it's a little smaller than what you find in a rodent dropping and the ends are blunt, they're not pointy, so I'm fairly confident that we have a oriental roach or sewer roach population in this basement, which can happen in the nicest of homes. It doesn't matter whether your dirty or not, these organisms lived in the forest for thousands of years before this house was built.
So, you know, you can come to see how these spiders have kind of in thriving off this population and both the spiders and the roaches have been pressuring the upstairs. What's interesting is, just to confirm my speculation, I look in the webs. Now this is a roach season, we're in the middle of winter, so most of the spiders are dead but there is a part of an oriental cockroach. So, I know for a fact that that's really what we've got dealing with and what we do is lay down some baits in this area that the cockroaches would prefer to what they're currently eating which is probably paper or something that bathroom upstairs or that utility closet.