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
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
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To exterminate German Roaches use either the
clean-out method or baiting
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 Cyper
WP, Demon EC,
4 oz. or Orthene
PCO Pellets. If you are spraying a
restaurant or other commercial food handling establishment, you must use
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:
Gold Cockroach Bait Gel, Advion
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 NyGuard,
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