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Small Roaches (German, Brown Banded)

 

Exterminator Recommendations for Killing Small Cockroaches

 

These roaches are brought in from an outside source and inhabit places like cracks and crevices, behind appliances, behind cabinets, under tables, in hollow furniture legs, and more places. They like dark and warm areas. They are often discovered when you turn on the light in the kitchen and see them scampering along the kitchen counters. They may also be found in bathrooms.

  • Sanitation: Keep trash removed and dishes kept clean. Remove any grease or food from counters and appliances.
  • Product Choices: We recommend roach bait and insect growth regulators. Because German roaches are very resistant to insecticide sprays, we recommend high-quality roach baits and insect growth regulators (IGRs). An effective roach bait contains a mix of food attractants that attract cockroaches with an insecticide to kill them when they eat it. Not only to these high-quality baits kill the cockroaches as they consume them, but they are spread throughout the population. An insect growth regulator slows the breeding, in effect a birth control for roaches.
    • German Roach Kits-  We highly recommend using our kits.  We have everything you need to help eliminate your cockroach population.  Each kit comes with detailed instructions on how to properly use them.

Insect Growth Regulator Procedures:

Our top recommendation is Tekko Pro IGR with dual action. Mix 2 oz per gallon of water, 1 oz per half a gallon or 1/2 oz per quart of water. This IGR can be sprayed near any bait placements without interference. It will stop the roaches from maturing and developing. Males will not be able to reproduce, and it targets the larval stages of insects making it less likely to survive.

  • Spray in such places as hiding places such as beneath sinks, behind and beneath stoves, refrigerators, cracks, crevices, around garbage cans, cabinets, along baseboards, doors, window sills, door frames, window frames, pipes, drains, plumbing, etc.

Baiting Procedures:

  • Use small pea-sized dabs of roach bait gels such as Invict, Vendetta, or Advion. Place out a lot of these dabs of roach bait. Put them on the counter tops and under and behind appliances. Keep in mind that roaches like to feed in the dark, so put the bait in areas where they can feed on it without coming out into the open.
  • Start by pulling the drawers out from under the counter top to expose the under surface of the counter top. Zig zag from front to back with bait placements about 12 to 18 inches apart. Then apply a few dabs to the back and bottom of the drawers before putting them back in.
  • Next, pull out the refrigerator. The roaches love the warmth created by the motor so put a good number of placements on the back of the fridge as well as any cracks and crevices around it.
  • Cabinets above the refrigerator are typical hiding spots so look for crevices and seams where they meet the wall and ceiling.
  • The stove can be another hot spot of activity, but it is harder to move so "cheat" a little by dabbing some bait onto a piece of aluminum foil and sliding it under the stove.
  • The dishwasher is done the same way but be sure to look for cracks and crevices around the appliances that the roaches can hide in and bait those too. Then treat the small appliances like microwaves, toasters, coffee makers, etc. A few dabs on the back and bottom of the appliances will take care of the roaches that have set up shop in there.
  • Then the upper cabinets can be treated. Look for crevices where the cabinet meets the walls and ceiling and place dabs of bait in there. If there are a lot of droppings in the cabinets, put a few drops of bait in the corners on the underside of the shelves.
  • The overall theme of baiting is to put the bait in places where the roaches can feed on it without coming out into the light. If you look around the kitchen, and you can see any of the bait, it's in the wrong place.
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