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Roach Elimination           

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.  A few of the cockroaches included in this group of "large roaches" are the American Cockroach, Smoky Brown Cockroach and Oriental Cockroach.  To see a listing of the roaches that are considered to be the most common household roach pests, be sure to visit our Cockroach Index.

Once you identify your problem, we'll show you the solution!


To exterminate German Roaches use either the clean-out method  or baiting method.

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 Cyper WP, Demon EC, Cypermethrin 4 oz. or Orthene PCO Pellets.   If you are spraying a restaurant or other commercial food handling establishment, you must use  Orthene PCO Pellets, Temp 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.,) Cessco is the best.

Baiting Method:  The best professional roach baits on the market today:
Invict Gold Cockroach Bait GelAdvion Cockroach Gel, Maxforce Gel.
The gel formulation is placed into cracks and crevices, appliances, pictures or clocks, in the corners of cabinets or any place where you suspect roaches are hiding.
Field studies have proven that roaches are driven to consume more bait in a shorter time period when exposed to growth inhibitors such as NyGuardIG Regulator, 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.

Outside Spraying: Using a good residual spray such as Suspend SC, Cyper WP or Onslaught, 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 two 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.