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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by luv2fly, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. luv2fly

    luv2fly LawnSite Member
    from ATL
    Messages: 46

    What is the best thing to get rid of roaches that I can buy over the counter?

    I've been in my house for 11 years all of a sudden I have Roaches.


  2. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,575

    MaxForce Baits by bayer are probably the best bet. They come in tube form or in bait stations. The stations are probably the easiest to use.

    Have you bought anything used or from overseas lately? Any new TV's or other appliances? Lots of times they will hide in boxes or shipping/packing material.

    Just to really creep you out:

    If all of the eggs one female cockroach hatch, and all reach sexual maturity, and all of their young do the same, and so on down the line. If there were no natural predators for cockroaches, those young would reproduce and reproduce, until the entire surface of the earth would be a foot deep in roaches in a year.
  3. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Do you have a dirty neighbor? If so maybe they are migrating. There are some good threads on here of what to do. Baits work well but you may want to consult a exterminator at least at first. They can get out of hand over night, one hatched egg sac will amaze you.
  4. coiclawn

    coiclawn LawnSite Member
    from Orlando
    Messages: 60

    The first step with any pest problem is to id. the pest. Once you know what you're dealing with it will be much easier to take care of it. Baits are the best way to go inside and outside but find out what you're problem is first and you'll save yourself alot of time and money. No sense in paying a pest control company for something you can take care of.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,721

    Fipronil. As a bait.
  6. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    U need to know if it's German roaches or any other kind .
    If they are German , call a pro.
    Any other kind , for get baits , use Bifen or any insecticide that has a active ingredient tht ends in " thrin ".
    Spray the crap out of the place
  7. ertb

    ertb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    I am a homeowner and I purchased Suspend SC through the internet. I have never had a problem with roaches but I have seen some dead one on my concrete patio after spraying.
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    Pre-Cor 2000 Plus Premise Spray treats 2,000 sq feet and comes in a Aerosol can ready to use. It contains quick Knock and slow release insecticides as well as Growth Regulators. It is labelled for Flea & Tick control but does a wonderful job on Cockroaches of all kinds. Because it is labelled for inside use, It can be legally applied to target Cockroaches. It claims to have a 210 day residual and I believe it has close to that. I have used it in my own home and have had quick knock down with long term control.
  9. A.T.A.K

    A.T.A.K LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    Baits work well when used incojuction with IGRs gentrol is my drug of choice with roaches. Using a adulticide like phantom will help clear the problem up a little faster. One thing to keep in mind when using baits is cross contamination. If you smoke or handle any pesticide before touching the baits wash your hands well. I would even go as far to say use latex gloves while handling the baits. This is where most people fail in a baiting program.
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  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I can only tell you what I use as a non-licensed practitioner, I use this stuff
    for my own house and besides roaches we see very few bugs, probably the one
    bug we do see is the daddy long legs, it doesn't appear to control this?

    You need either a hand held or a backpack sprayer, to apply it one first mixes it according to instructions
    and then sprays a perimeter around the entire house, after which it acts as a barrier, in addition to ants and
    roaches this product also controls things such as termites and clover mites.

    This application does not replace regular termite inspections, I can not, would not guarantee that your house
    can not suffer termite or any other form of damage, you still have to have the house inspected but spraying
    this myself has saved me considerable money over the years, the perimeter has to be sprayed once a year.

    The product is not cheap but between what I've paid for a professional termite / bug control company when
    compared to this product made it pay for itself in one application, a small bottle lasts 5, 10, maybe 20 years,
    store it in a cool place and I am not sure on the shelf life.
    It's called Talstar.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2009

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