The 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!
GERMAN ROACH ELIMINATION
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
Clean-out Method: The pesticides used in a
clean-out will also exterminate many other pests in homes, restaurants or other
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
To exterminate other large roaches, use the following
Outside Spraying: Using a good residual spray such as
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.