American Cockroach Control

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Keith's Pro Tips

"When baiting, it is extremely important that you do not use household cleaners or chemical to clean application areas, only use water and soap. Cleaning supplies and chemicals will often drive away American cockroaches, and to use this product you need them to be attracted and come in to contact with the product. Cleaning chemicals will deter roaches from the bait and the product will be ineffective."

American Cockroaches Control: How To Get Rid of American Cockroaches

This page is a general American Cockroach control guide. Using the products and methods suggested you will get control of American Cockroaches. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee 100% control of American Cockroaches.

German cockroaches may be one of the most annoying and troublesome pests, but it’s the American cockroach that makes homeowners jump up on their couch and reach for their brooms. While not as prolific as the German Cockroach, American Cockroaches can become a problem in households with their rather large size which can be startling for most.

American Cockroaches typically live outdoors and prefer warm, damp areas like gardens and on trees. Outdoors they like to eat leaves, tiny wood particles, algae, and other smaller insects. When they venture indoors, it’s in search of water or food and often travels to bathrooms, kitchens or basements to seek nourishment and shelter.

American Cockroaches carry diseases and pose health hazards to humans. With their foraging habits, they can transmit bacteria and viruses that can result in food poisoning and diarrhea. Their droppings and skin shells can create allergic reactions to some people.

If you have had a problem with American Cockroaches trespassing on your property, Solutions Pest and Lawn has all that you need to eliminate these pests for good and keep them out.


American Cockroach

Before you can proceed with treatment, you need to make sure you're dealing with American Cockroaches. Misidentification can lead to using the wrong treatment methods, which can be a waste of your time and money. Below are some facts and traits about American Cockroaches so you can easily identify what they look like.

  • The American Cockroach is also commonly called the Palmetto bug or Water bug.
  • They are reddish-brown in color and can reach lengths of 1.5 inches and bigger. Both female and male American Cockroaches have wings and have the ability to fly, but they only do so in rare cases.
  • The female American roach lays egg capsules that contain around 16 eggs in warm and humid areas. When the eggs hatch, nymph roaches then come out of the capsule, shed their skins and go looking for food.

Use the image and description above to help you to properly identify an American Cockroach. If you aren't totally sure about the cockroach pest you have, contact us and we will help you in properly identifying the pest.


Clean Residential Kitchen

Once you are certain that you are dealing with American Cockroaches, you need to know the areas that American Cockroaches are infesting. During the inspection, you will focus on finding these problem areas.

American Cockroaches come inside homes when weather conditions outside become harsh, such as after heavy rainfall. They are constantly looking for food, water, and shelter and if the weather outside is inhospitable they will travel indoors.

Where To Inspect

Search in kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and attics. In the kitchens and bathrooms, look inside cabinets, shelves, pantries, drawers, and under sinks (where plumbing penetrates walls).

Search outside in the yard near yard debris like leaf litter, woodpiles, logs, rocks, stones, and any place that might provide harborage.

What To Look For

You're looking for signs of American Cockroaches activity. This includes cockroach droppings (that look like black pepper) which may be left behind in cabinets, drawers, shelves, under and behind appliances, and even under beds and furniture.

You should also search for egg cases (or oothecae) in these places as well. Cockroaches are nocturnal and are typically active at night. So inspect your bathroom and kitchen areas at nighttime to see if a cockroach is scattering around.


Once you have confirmed American cockroach activity, it is time to begin treatment. Remember to read all product labels and follow the application instructions on these labels, and stay safe by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

To get rid of American Cockroaches, start with proper sanitation of your home to eliminate food and water sources that the cockroaches may have access to.

Once that is done, we recommend a combination of bait such as Apex Cockroach Bait and Ficam Insect bait applied indoors. Outdoors, you should apply Supreme IT Insecticide to form a barrier that will keep cockroaches out along with an exterior application of Ficam.

Step 1 - Sanitize Your Home

Deterring Cockroaches by Putting Away Food

American cockroaches are in your home in the first place because they want food, water and shelter. Take away these comforts and they may leave on their own.

Clean your home, in particular, your kitchen. Make sure to wipe and sweep away crumbs, grease and take out the trash. Remove sources of water by keeping areas such as your kitchen sink totally dry, and fixing any plumbing leaks so that there isn't moisture around for cockroaches to enjoy.

Step 2 - Indoor Baiting with Ficam and Apex Bait

Applying Apex Gel Bait in Cabinet

Now you're ready to apply treatment indoors. You will use Apex Roach Gel Bait and Ficam.

Apex Roach Gel Bait is a powerful bait that mimics food and will attract roaches, which will be affected and because it works slow, they will be infected with the insecticide and carry it back to the nest, where the whole population of roaches is affected.

Ficam is a granular bait that you spread using a handheld spreader or by hand and should be used in the attic and basements.

Apex Roach Gel Bait

With Apex Cockroach Gel Bait, it is important that you are thorough in step one as it aids in the bait's effectiveness. 

Apply a pea-sized drop of the gel bait every 12 to 18 inches apart. Place them in cabinets, shelves, drawers, cracks and crevices, and around plumbing entry points. Put them around and behind appliances. You can even use a business card to place a pea-sized drop under appliances. 

Apex is a bait that you want the roaches to feed on and carry back to the nest. Do not disturb or kill the roaches you find feeding on the product and do not use cleaning supplies or cleaning chemicals or other insecticides in the areas where you have placed Apex Gel Bait. The chemicals in household cleaners will actually deter the cockroaches from taking the bait. Wait 5 days for the product to take effect.

Ficam Insect Bait

Applying Ficam Bait in an Attic

Use Ficam in your attics, crawl spaces, and basements. This is a water-resistant, dry bait, so it is better suited for treatment areas that are not necessarily climate and moisture controlled.

Calculate the square footage of the area to be treated to know how much product you need by measuring and multiplying the area length times the width (length x width = square footage.)

Apply at a rate of 4 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Make sure to apply in areas of attics, basements, and crawl spaces where you have noticed feces or droppings or where you have seen American Cockroaches.

Step 3 - Outdoor Treatment With Supreme IT and Ficam

Since most American Cockroaches are found outdoors you need to make a protective insecticide barrier that will keep the pests from trying to sneak their way indoors.

Supreme IT is a powerful insecticide that will both repel and kill American Cockroaches that try to get inside your property. Supreme IT also has a residual (or long-term effect) that will last for up to 90 days.

Control Roaches by Spraying Reclaim IT

Supreme IT

Calculate the square footage of the exterior of your home and yard by measuring and multiplying the area length times the width (length x width = square footage). Supreme IT can be mixed at a rate of 1 oz. per gallons of water to treat 1,000 square feet.

You will do a barrier treatment, to do this spray 3 feet up and 3 feet out from the foundation of your structure making sure to also spray windows, garage door, doors, eaves, soffits, cracks and crevices, and electrical/plumbing penetrations.

Do not let people or pets enter areas treated until dry.

Ficam Insect Bait

Apply by creating a perimeter barrier around your structure about 10 feet away from your application of Supreme IT (this is important since Supreme IT is a repellent, the roaches will be repelled will travel away and out from the structure where Ficam will be waiting).

Apply by creating a band of 2 to 4 feet and apply at the rate of 6 ounces per 100 square feet. You can also apply Ficam around trees, in flower beds, in mulched areas, and near woodpiles.


Dirty Residential Kitchen

After you have eliminated the presence of American Cockroaches, you will want to place preventative measures in place to keep a pest from re-infestation.

  • Start by sealing cracks and crevices found both inside and outside of your property. Use caulk to seal and close off all these openings, slits, cracks, and crevices found both inside and outside your structure.
  • This will prevent roaches from traveling inside and outside your property. Remember to maintain a regular cleaning schedule after the treatment is done.
  • Regularly vacuum, mop, and clean dishes. Take out the garbage daily, and do not leave pet food and water bowls out in the open or overnight. Do your best to eliminate water sources around your property.
  • Make sure to leave the sinks completely dry at night, and fix or repair leaky faucets or faulty plumbing. In the yard, get rid of yard debris, leaf litter, woodpiles, logs, rocks, and general clutter that can create harborage areas for American Cockroaches.
  • Finally, spray Supreme IT every 90 days around the perimeter of your property to maintain a protective barrier that will repel roaches.

Key Takeaways

What Are American Cockroaches?

  • American Cockroaches are large-sized cockroaches that can often infest homes by coming up drains or sneaking into an open which weather conditions are harsh.
  • American Cockroaches are also commonly known as palmetto bugs and love to lurk in unsanitary moist places, they carry pathogens that may cause illness like diarrhea, vomiting, and may also cause allergies, and asthma, etc.

How To Get Rid of Palmetto Bugs or American Cockroaches in Your Home

  • To get rid of American Cockroaches we recommend an application of Apex Cockroach Gel Bait and Ficam Insect Bait indoors and an outdoor treatment of Supreme IT Insecticide and Ficam Bait to kill any American Cockroaches in your yard.

Preventing American Cockroach Reinfestation

  • Prevent future Cockroach Infestations by maintaining cleanliness around the home, sealing up points of entry, and apply Supreme IT preventatively on a quarterly basis.
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