"tree roaches"

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassmasterswilson, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    I'm having a problem with what I call tree roaches or brown roaches. they are about 1-1.5 inches long and reddish-brown. I see them mostly at night in the house.

    We have a pest company that treats every quarter and they did an inside treatment about 6 weeks ago. We have been in the house about a year so I don't know if treatments were done previously.

    I'm looking for some things I can do myself between treatments. The wife freaks out at the sight of bugs.

    I am licsensed so I can get just about anything. So anyone got any ideas? A bifen spray? traps? inside treatments?
  2. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not sure because the pest is not been identified for sure but my guess is that you would not want to use a repellent like bifen could drive them into your walls? What about something like fipronil? Again assuming they are on your label - that way they not only take it back to others but when they kick the bucket and the others eat him they kick the bucket etc etc?
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Local advice is better. Around here fipronil bait is a good bet. Bait traps are safer for kids and pets. They cannot get to the active ingredient.
    I suspect the American cockroach. They are big. The locals probably have a special name for them. Tie a thread to their back; you can probably get them to pull you on a skateboard. Need about a hundred.
  4. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    phantom it comes in 20 bottles and an aerosol can also. it is a non-repellant. it may be alitle slower tha "driving them into the walls" they will come out eventually. bifenthrin products will do a good job outside the home. heavy sprays(alot of water) especially in heavy mulch or leaf litter.
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    Identify the pest before considering treatment.
  7. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    I guess us Southern boys call them wood roaches.
    The males of one species is about 1.5 -1.75 inches long. Then on the other species about an inch long. They are usually outside and attracted to interior lights. I often find that wood piles, stumps, wooded areas, debris piles,etc. is where they inhabit, so discourage their hiding places. If you have a traditional foundation around your home you will get these pests. The dark cool crawl spaces is perfect for them. check for water leaks around all plumbing. Make sure this is the wood roach before you seek out insecticides.
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Where I'm originally from we called them Palmetto bugs...Ric will know where I was originally from.
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  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nasty little critters...I hate them. In FL they would eat the glue off of cardboard boxes and postage stamps...not a good feeling to lick a stamp and find it won't stick...yuck.
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  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now there is a novel approach that no one else came up with. Why would we want ID the Pest? When we can make the house Glow in the Dark with Chlordane and DDT.


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