(fire ants)

Fireant Sting 

Household Pests

Maxforce Baits 

Acrobat Ant

Advance Carpenter Ant Bait

Advance Dual Choice

Ant Baits

Ant Beds 

Animal Traps

Argentine Ant

Ascend Fireant Bait 

Bird Control


Bites and Stings 

Biting Flies 

Black Widow Spider


Boxelder Bugs

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown Recluse Bite 

Carpenter Ant Bait

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Bee


Cluster Fly 

Crazy Ant


Cypermethrin Insecticides 

Deltamethrin Dust 

Deltamethrin Spray 

Demon WP

Demon EC 


Drugstore Beetle 


Flea Control 

Fly Trap


Fruit Fly


Gourmet Ant Baits

Grits and Ants 

Hand Duster 

Home Pest Control

Image DG 

Image Herbicide

Indoor Ant Bait 

Insect Growth Regulators 

Insect Bites 

Lady Beetles

Manage Herbicide

Maxforce Professional Baits 

Maxforce Fireant Bait

Maxforce Roach Bait 

Mice, Mouse Control 

Mole Cricket

Mosquito Control 

Oleander Caterpillar 

Pest Control Equipment

Pesticides, Insecticides

Pharaoh Ant

Powder Post Beetle

Rat Zapper 2000 

Rat Traps 

Rats, Norway 

Rats, Roof 

Restaurant IPM 

Roach Bait






Snake Repellent 

Stainless Steel Sprayer 


Talstar Concentrate

Talstar Granules

Tempo Liquid Concentrate 

Tempo Wettable Powder 


Ultraviolet, Lighted Fly Traps 

Weed Control

White Footed Ants



Cockroach Index

German RoachThe first step in eliminating roaches is to determine whether you have a problem with German Roaches or Large Roaches.   German Roaches are what many people would identify as "water bugs" (because of their fondness for moist areas) or "kitchen roaches" (because that is where most infestations begin.)  They prefer a warm, moist environment (your kitchen and bathrooms) and love to hitch a ride from your grocery store, flea markets, day care center, even your friend's home!  Large Roaches, or what some people refer to as Palmetto bugs and "flying roaches", prefer a cool damp area (sewers, septic tanks, cellars and basements, mulch, etc...) and usually wander in from outdoors.  Once you identify your problem, we'll show you the solution!

To exterminate German Roaches we recommend you use either the clean-out method  or baiting method.   When we deliver the product of your choice, we will include written "how to" instructions to walk you through preparation, application and follow-up.

Clean-out Method:  The pesticides used in a clean-out will also exterminate many other pests in homes, restaurants or other businesses.

Basically, the clean-out procedure involves:
1) Residual pesticides:  Spraying baseboards, underneath and behind appliances and in other areas where roaches frequent gives you the long term control that you need.  Suggested products include Cynoff EC, Demon EC, Cypermethrin 4 ounce or Acephate Pro PCO.   If you are spraying a restaurant or other commercial food handling establishment, you must use  Acephate Pro PCO, Tempo SC or Tempo WP.

2) Crack & crevice work:  When dealing with a severe infestation, a residual pesticide alone will not exterminate the entire roach population.   Using professional aerosols and/or dusts enables you to inject pesticides into the tiny areas where your target pests are hiding.  This also helps to "flush out" pests, forcing them to enter areas you have treated with residual products.   The best crack & crevice (C&C) residual aerosol for roaches on the market today is CB-Invader.  For flushing action without a residual (for more sensitive areas, food handling appliances, etc.,) Pyrethrin Aerosols are the best.

Baiting Method:  The best professional roach bait on the market today is Maxforce Gel.  This product is available in a large syringe, making application simple and effective.  The gel formulation enables you to place the material into cracks and crevices, appliances, pictures or clocks, in the corners of cabinets or any place where you suspect roaches are hiding. Each roach feeding on Maxforce will kill up to 40 other roaches via droppings and dead bodies.  This "secondary kill" has a domino effect, eliminating up to ten generations of roaches with one simple application!  To make roaches eat Maxforce faster, spray the area with Flea Fix IGR.  Field studies have proven that roaches are driven to consume more bait in a shorter time period when exposed to growth inhibitors such as Flea Fix, Gentrol and Gentrol Point Source.


There are several species of large roaches (including American Cockroach, Brownbanded Cockroach, Smoky Brown Roach, Oriental Roach) that are most often found outdoors but invade your home and become a major pest. They breed in any type of mulch (pine straw, bark, leaves), dead trees, wood piles or other organic material. Their harborage can also include sewers, landscape timbers, basements, driveway walls and attics.
Although they are not really a "large" roach, the Asian Cockroach is exterminated using the same basic roach control methods and products.  For more about Asian roaches (or small flying roaches,) go to our Asian Cockroach article.
To exterminate other large roaches, use the following control methods:

Outside Spraying: Using a good residual spray such as Cynoff or Demon WP, spray a six foot swath all the way around the house and one foot up the foundation wall. You should also apply the pesticide to entry points such as windows, doors, plumbing, vents and weep holes. Spraying harborage areas such as rain gutters, hollow trees, mulch, tool sheds and retainer walls will complete your outdoor spraying.

Inside Spraying: Spray the inside where you have seen the roaches, paying special attention to areas where there is water. This includes the refrigerator, air conditioner, dishwasher, freezer, garage, laundry room and all plumbing.

Dusting: Dusts enable you to apply products in areas where insects are most likely to hide but where pets and humans are least likely to come in contact. Using Delta Dust in voids where roaches may hide or travel is an excellent pest management tool, killing many pests in the areas where spraying is difficult or hard to reach. Power dusting attics and/or crawlspaces with Delta Dust provides control for up to three years.

Baiting: In sensitive areas where you prefer to avoid the use of contact pesticides, use a professional bait such as Niban FG to eliminate roaches. Other baits available are Baygon Bait and Maxforce.