What does insecticide do to cockroaches?

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AvatarLogan asked 2 years ago
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AvatarLiza Smith Staff answered 2 years ago

Most insecticides have synthetic Pyrethroid as their main ingredient. Pyrethroids are known as a tool for preventing the closure of voltage-gating sodium channels, thus not letting the nerves repolarize and leaving the cockroach paralyzed. Eventually, insecticides do not kill the cockroaches, they just let them die of starvation. After getting the dose of this knockdown substance, the roach manages to run to its nest or someplace near, but the effect hits it very soon.
The other interesting aspect of insecticide use is that Pyrethroids can enter the smallest pores in otherways non-penetrable cockroach armour and get to their nervous system.
You can read more about insecticides and other ways of dealing with cockroaches in our article on cockroach prevention and extermination.