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How to Get Rid of CockroachesHow To Control Roaches

Cockroaches are unfortunately a common issue for homeowners and businesses to deal with and they can be a huge source of frustration because they multiply so quickly and are so difficult to get rid of. Roaches are adaptable and can develop resistance to control products to the point that they are totally ineffective. To control roaches you can’t use generic department store brands of roach killers and expect that your roach infestation will be overcome. Proper roach control requires professional grade roach killing products. The roach control products we carry in stock here at Solutions Pest & Lawn are the same professional roach products pest control companies and exterminators rely on when hired by a customer.

Browse our products below and as always you can contact us if you are in need of suggestions of the right roach control products for you. Browse our Knowledgebase, view our how-to videos, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call us at (800) 479-6583 and we will give you all the help you need to confidently control and annihilate cockroaches in your home.

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HOW TO GET RID OF COCKROACHES:

Step 1:  Sanitation- Perform a thorough cleansing of your home, especially in your kitchen. Make sure to wipe up and eliminate food particles, grease and water that roaches will use to feed on. Clean behind and under appliances and declutter your home as much as you can. Seal off cracks and crevices with caulking. Roach killing products are ineffective if this is not done first.

 

Step 2:  Treatment- Use one of our recommended roach killing products to apply to all infested areas in your home as well as areas where you have seen the most roach activity. These are usually where you have moisture (kitchens and bath areas).  Apply bait in small bead size increments (3 to 4 in) in areas where you've seen roaches, droppings or egg casings.  Use a combination of baits and IGRs (Gentrol Point Source) but make sure not to spray insecticides/cleaning products where you have laid out baits.

 

Step 3:  Inspect in 10-14 days and then apply a good residual (Novacide) as a void, crack and crevice spray to the baseboards, under sinks, fridges and plumbing penetrations. Make sure to stay away from area's that have bait when applying the insecticide. You can reapply novacide every 6 months to ensure a roach free environment. Keep food areas clean and crumb free. 

 

Step 4:  Prevention - Regularly inspect your home for roach activity and maintain a regular cleaning routine, daily, weekly and monthly to make sure the place is properly sanitized and unwelcoming to roaches.  Spray the exterior perimeter of the house with Reclaim IT and make sure to inspect anything before bringing it into your home for roaches. You can also use D-Fense Dust to dust in your weep holes and attic. This will provide long term barrier control because the dust formulation lasts much longer than sprays and baits.

 

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All You Need To Know About Cockroaches and DIY Cockroach Control

Cockroaches can make even the toughest male shudder in disgust and jump up onto a chair, but in our lifetimes we will all encounter a cockroach or two and having professional DIY tools to help you tackle them puts us well above the learning curve.

 

When someone discovers they have a roach problem, it's usually assumed that it’s because they are "dirty" people. However, this couldn't be more false. No matter how clean you keep your home or commercial kitchen, you can still very much come down with a cockroach problem.

 

Roaches come from the most successful evolutionary line of animals, they are meant to survive and thrive, and this is true because they are the oldest surviving insect on the planet, having resided on the earth for nearly 300 million years. You’ve probably heard the cliche that if there were a nuclear explosion that wiped out the entire problem, cockroaches may be the only living thing that survives. It’s likely true.

 

Also what makes cockroaches such prolific survivors in a variety of environments is the same reason that cockroaches become so difficult to get rid of if they have set foot in your household. Thankfully out of the near 4500 species of cockroach found worldwide, only a small number of them actually prefer to live in indoor dwellings. Most prefer to live in the outdoors. But the ones that like to be indoors (such as the German cockroach, American cockroach among others) can really make life difficult with the way they leave droppings behind and how quickly they multiply.

 

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we can offer up a complete comprehensive cockroach control program with a 100% satisfaction guarantee that if you apply the recommended products, and follow our simple application guide you can eliminate your cockroach issues quickly and save money by doing it yourself.

 

Cockroach Characteristics


The name cockroach originates from the Spanish language “cucaracha”. The scientific name derives from the Latin name for the insect. Here’s a fact that will make you recoil: there are 4,300 known species of cockroaches worldwide, and more are discovered all the time. These insects are among the most versatile insects around, being able to adapt to virtually every kind of environment and climate.

 

Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and some have wings. The types that have wings, some cockroaches actually fly which can be quite startling to see to most people. It’s bad enough if you have a cockroach problem, but flying cockroaches? That’s a whole new level of creepy. What’s good to note is that out of all the species of cockroach that exists, only about 30 to 35 are considered pests to humans.

 

Regardless of the type of cockroach all cockroaches share a common behavior: they all love to forage and eat at all hours. They also enjoy wandering around discovering new habitats , foods, and water sources. The number one concern of the cockroach is eating and finding water. Roaches also enjoy being touched on all sides of their body which is while they like to hide in tight cracks and crevices. The roaches also like to do most of their foraging in the night hours and use the majority of their daylight hours in hiding or at rest.

 

Cockroaches prefer to live in an environment that has a lot of moisture and warmth. Cockroaches are also not picky eaters as they will scavenge and eat just about anything. They are known to be particularly fond of sugary foods, oily and greasy food, and meat products. Aside from these main favorite, cockroaches like to eat cheese, beer, baking products like flour, glue, hair, dried skin flakes, dead animals and even the carcasses of other dead cockroaches!

 

Biologically, cockroaches go through a life cycle which consists of three phases: the egg phase, the nymph phase and the adult phase. Female cockroaches produce a tablet shaped egg capsule, called an which contains two rows of cockroach eggs. Nymphs eventually hatch from the egg case and look like miniature versions of adult roaches and are often colored differently than adults.

 

Identification

 

Since there are so many different species we will only cover the most common ones that human beings deal with when they have pest issues. The five most common cockroaches that homeowners tend to find infesting their homes are the following:

 

  • ◘ German Cockroach

  • ◘ Oriental  Cockroach

  • ◘ Brown Banded  Cockroach

  • ◘ American  Cockroach

  • ◘ Smoky Brown  Cockroach

  • ◘ Brown  Cockroach

 

These species of cockroach are particularly frustrating because they infest homes and businesses and can multiply to uncontrollable numbers. They are also known to spread disease and cause other health issues. Because of their adaptable nature, they can resist pesticides over time making them particularly difficult to get rid of.

 

German Cockroach

German cockroach 

 

Undoubtedly the most common of all cockroaches when are found indoors, the German cockroach has a worldwide distribution and is found in and around home, apartments, supermarkets, and anywhere that food is available. The German cockroach is small and only about ½ inch in length. Color is pale brown and has two dark longitudinal stripes, both the male and female have wings but do not fly.

 

The German Cockroach is found indoors in warm and humid areas, and will be found in areas where they have food, shelter and water. These areas are usually the kitchen and the bathroom in most structures. They tend to be attracted to warmth and can be found in electrical equipment and hiding in paper and wood materials. Egg Capsule is yellowish brown in color, ¼ inch long and deposited in sheltered areas.

 

German cockroaches will eat practically anything, however, they are particularly fond of food that has been fermented or beverages that have been spilled like soda and beer. Adult cockroaches can live without food for nearly a month if there is water present. If there is no water present, they will die of starvation within 2 weeks.

 

Homeowners with a German cockroach problem may notice sometimes the presence of cockroaches in non-food areas of the home, for instance, cabinets and drawers in the bathroom. When this occurs, it’s usually due to a very large infestation or because of repellent that has been applied.

 

Brownbanded Cockroach

 brown banded roach

 

 

The Brownbanded Cockroach is also small about ½ inch and is brown with two lighter transverse bands across body and wings. These guys require warmth and a little less moisture than say the German Cockroach. They are found only indoors and can take harbor all through a structure even high areas such as the ceilings and behind picture frames and shelves. Egg Capsule is reddish brown in color and they are about 3/16 inch in size. They will be find glued to under surfaces such as shelves, furniture and cracks and crevices.

 

Brownbanded cockroaches like to eat starchy foods. However, like most roaches, they will eat just about anything and have been known to chew on non-food items in the home (likely because they found body oils or skin flakes to consume.)

 

Brownbanded cockroaches are usually more prevalent in homes, apartments, hotels and hospital rooms than in commercial buildings.. They are frequently transported in furniture, and will rapidly spread throughout an entire building. They have long been concentrated in the Southern United States but have been found in northern states all the way up to Canada.

Oriental Cockroach

 oriental cockroach

This roach is 1.25 inches in length color is dark brown or black, the female has wing pads, but neither sex flies. The Oriental Cockroach prefers dark, damp areas that are not overly hot. They can be very cold tolerant and are common outdoors, and in crawl spaces, basements, sewers, drains, around popes and in the wall voids. They feed off of decaying foods. Egg capsule is reddish brown to black and ⅜ inches long. Can be found both dropped or glued in a warm protected areas close to a food source.

 

When the weather is warm, most oriental cockroaches are found outdoors, usually only moving into indoor dwellings when there is a drought or when cold weather arrives in order to find warmth.

Smokey Brown Cockroach

 

The Smokeybrown Cockroach is small with length about 1.25 inches, color is mahogany, dark brown. Both of the sexes if this roach have wings and are strong fliers. They are very common in tree stumps and loose mulch. When found in the indoors they prefer very warm, moist voids, such as the block walls and unventilated attics. These roaches are omnivorous and very strong fliers. Egg capsule is brown to black in color, large about ⅜ of an inch and will be found deposited or firmly glued to surfaces that are well protected.

Brown Cockroach

 

1.5 inches in length and looks similar to the American Roach but they have a much broader body and color is brown to reddish. Both sexes have wings and are capable of glided flight. These roaches are common on the inside and outside, and look for warm protected areas. They will feed typically on plant material and are very common in greenhouses. Egg Capsule is brownish to black in color and about ½ inches long. They are glued to surfaces.

American Cockroach

 American Cockroach

 

 

One of the larger cockroaches with length about 2.1 inches, The American Cockroach is colored brown to reddish brown and they also have wings and can fly by gliding. They prefer fermented foods, and are found indoors and outdoors. These guys are common in the sewer systems and will enter structures from the drains and outside perimeter area. Their egg capsule is blackish brown and dropped or glued to warm, protected areas close to a food source.

 

Adult American cockroaches can survive between 2-3 months without food, but only about a month without the presence of water. The adult American cockroach also have well-developed wings, but seldom fly. However, there are some species of American cockroach which fly regularly but only for short distances or only to glide from place to place when jumping off a high point.



Cockroach Inspection

When inspecting cockroaches, no matter the type, it’s important to be thorough and meticulous in checking every nook and cranny in your home. Roaches are nocturnal creatures so the best time to do an inspection is at night time when they start to wander about. You probably already know this from times you wake up in the middle of the night to turn on the kitchen light and see a bevy of roaches lounging around in search of food and water and then scattering when discovered.

 

Roaches like to reside in areas of moisture and darkness so the bathroom and the kitchen are the main places to check. Other than inspecting roaches themselves, you can look for other evidence of where roaches gather by looking for roach droppings and roach eggs.

 

Roach droppings look like coffee grounds or black pepper while roach eggs look similar to little brown cases or pods.

 

Grab yourself a flashlight and then start checking the following areas:

 

  • ◘ Cracks and Crevices

  • ◘ Behind and under refrigerators

  • ◘ Behind and under stoves

  • ◘ Behind and under microwaves and toasters

  • ◘ Under tops of tables

  • ◘ Behind and under sinks

  • ◘ Cabinets-corners and cracks and crevices

  • ◘ Motors of refrigerators and soft drink dispensing machines

  • ◘ Switchboxes and electrical outlets

  • ◘ Under and behind cafeteria counters and soda fountains

  • ◘ Cash registers

  • ◘ Telephones

  • ◘ Vegetable bins

  • ◘ Recycling bins

  • ◘ Electrical equipment that heat up like Modems, battery chargers etc.

 

Cockroach Control

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So what kills those disgusting roaches? Going about it the old way of just spraying some terrible smelling department store insecticide and laying some bait around isn’t going to cut it. As mentioned earlier, roaches are sophisticated and adaptable, so something that used to work in eliminating them before will not work as they develop a resistance towards chemicals.

 

At Solutions Stores we carry a multitude of options in the roach control section, almost every insecticide spray is labeled for use with roaches. But just because it is on the label does not mean it is the best options. We have created some easy to use and understand Roach Control Kits with proven products, these items work time and time again. You will find all levels of kit options, from small apartment size kits to larger more commercial options.

 

It may seem like a daunting task but don’t not worry, we will be with you every step of the way to assist you in your cockroach elimination quest.

 

Step 1: Preliminary Sanitation and Preparation

 

Before you break out the products, it is crucial to make sure that you thoroughly cleanse and sanitize your home. Your roach treatment program will undoubtedly fail if this step is not carried out properly. Ideal preparation and sanitation includes eliminating all food sources and sealing off places that roaches like to hide.

 

  • ◘ Eliminate all sources of Food and Water

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      ○ Clean Kitchen Appliances. Roaches can survive off of grease and crumbs that have spilled in and around your kitchen appliances. Clean thoroughly under and behind your stove, fridge, microwave, toaster, dishwasher and any other appliance you regularly use.

       

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      ○ Empty and Clean Cabinets. Clean out your kitchen cabinets and toss whatever clutter you do not need. Vacuum up crumbs and spills.

       

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      ○ Keep Food in Sealed Containers. Roaches can easily get into the original cardboard packing of store bought foods. It is best to store food items like cereal, chips etc. in metal, glass, or hard plastic sealable containers.

       

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      ○ Clean the kitchen thoroughly each night before bed. Roaches come out at night to search for food so it’s very important to thoroughly clean your kitchen nightly to leave roaches with nothing to look forward to when they are out foraging. Wipe down kitchen countertops, wash all dishes and put them away, clean floors well, and put away all food.

       

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      ○ Vacuum or sweep all other non-food areas of the home regularly. This is important because roaches will travel outside of the kitchen when food isn’t found there. Vacuuming picks up stray crumbs and roach feces, skins, body parts, and egg sacs, which contain pheromones that attract other roaches to the same areas.

       

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      ○ Keep garbage cans clean and covered.

       

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      ○ Dry off any wet areas like your sinks and counters

       

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      ○ Fix leaky faucets and plumbing

       

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      ○ Dry off your bathroom tubs and faucets and flooring before bed.

       

 

  • ◘ Eliminate Potential Hiding Spots

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      ○ Use a caulking gun to seal all cracks and crevices

       

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      ○ Close holes around pipes or other light and wall fixtures with materials such as Copper Mesh.

       

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      ○ Ensure that your windows and doorframes are tight and gap free to outside entry.

       

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      ○ Place tape over holes and crevices in appliances and other household items in areas that have heavy roach traffic. Computers, small appliances, etc., can all serve as hiding spots for roaches.

       

 

Step 2: Using Control Products

 

Once your home is totally sanitized, you are now ready to start utilizing control products to eliminate your infestation. There are several options to choose from when it comes to insecticide and baits and we here at Solutions can suggest the best one for you to use. Let’s breakdown some of the best products to use for roaches.

 

Cockroach Baits work great and should always be the first step in your roach control protocol. Bait offers roaches a food source, something they are already looking for and require to survive. Since you eliminated all their other options through sanitation, they won't be able to resist trying out bait. Roach gel baits will work best when other food sources have been reduced and eliminated as much as possible. These are placed in areas where you see the most roach activity which is indicated by droppings and the egg capsules. Bait is available in both syringe type application and bait stations which contain the bait inside ready to be put out in sensitive areas.

 

Insect Growth Regulators, are another added layer of protection and act as a type of birth control method, stopping the life cycle. This method takes times and will not cause elimination quicker than a couple of weeks. IGRs are best to use alongside roach bait.

 

Insecticidal Aerosols can make easy application of insecticides in hard to reach places, such as under cabinets, plumbing penetrations, and any crack and crevices.

 

Flushing Insecticides, are perfect when you have a large population, such as in restaurants, apartment complexes and storage facilities. Most flushing agents are made of Pyrethrin which act as a natural irritant to insects and will kill them on contact. The con about Flushing agents is that there is no residual killing insecticide, once the spray is dried then there is no chemical left. These concentrated insecticides should be mixed and applied at the same time you spray an insecticide, and Insect Growth Regulator. Flushing Agents are also available in an aerosol spray.

 

Step 3: Patience. Patience. Patience

As much as we all wish we could get instant results after using all these kinds of products, the reality is that it’s going to take some time to eliminate the infestation. Depending on how severe of a roach problem you have it can take anywhere from couple weeks to as long as six months to eliminate a roach infestation. Also, you can’t expect a one-and-done treatment. It is recommended to re-apply baits and insecticide in the troubling areas consistently until you no longer see a problem.

 

Cockroach Prevention

 

Whew, so the roach problem is finally gone! Before you start jumping for joy, you’re not quite done yet. Here’s some bad news, roaches can come back if you don’t take the proper preventative measures. The good news is: roaches are much easier to prevent than to get rid of. As long as you keep your home properly sanitized and clean, roaches won’t be a problem for you anymore. Roach prevention almost always boils down to cleanliness. Roaches won’t have anything to be attracted to if you maintain a clean home free from food and water sources.

 

Steps to prevention are basically identical to the steps laid out prior to treatment:

  • ◘ Eliminate all food sources by keeping your kitchen and appliances crumb and grease free.

  • ◘ Sweep up/vacuum and wipe down all surfaces, countertops and floors.

  • ◘ Keep your bathrooms and kitchen faucets and sinks dry.

  • ◘ Fix all leaks and plumbing issues.

  • ◘ Seal all cracks and crevices with caulking and plug drains



Equip Yourself with the Best Cockroach Control Products

 

Unfortunately, even with the right products being applied and the correct treatment approach, cockroach control is not a one and done deal. Getting rid of cockroaches and keeping them gone requires consistency and an ongoing treatment and maintenance program. Many professional pest control services tell their clientele that a quarterly treatment is necessary for year long control, however that could be expensive for the majority of people to maintain.

 

Solutions Pest & Lawn can help save you a ton of cash by helping you setup your own cockroach treatment program! Simply give us a call or email us and we can help you with our top product recommendations and give you expert advice regarding the correct treatment approach for your specific cockroach problem. We can even help identify what specific cockroach problem you have, in terms of cockroach species.

 

Solutions Pest & Lawn has all the resources necessary to help you figure out how to get rid of cockroaches from your home. Browse our array of cockroach control products, check out our how-to guides and video tutorials or contact us and speak to a live DIY pest control expert who can help you with whatever issue you have.



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