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Porshia from Louisville, Ky writes,

How to get rid of an infestation of German Cockroaches?

We live next door to a abandoned house, our driveways are connected by a strip of grass. The previous tenants left the house full of trash, and roach infested. This has been like this since May 2014. We have a exterminator to keep them from our house but we need some more help. We don't park our cars in the driveway, they are in the grass sidewalk. Well just about any place you can see. Our exterminator has sprayed and put out bait, and he has bombed under our house. But if it rains, we see an influx of roaches and we cant call him out every week. So, we need to know the best spray and bait to get rid of these guys quickly. Just a little note, the landlord did come today and cleaned a lot of it up. Thank God, but we are scared they are all going to come this way now. We are seeing some in the house, but we are scared it will be the infestation heading our way. Please help!!! What are the best products, spray and bait? Thanks


We would recommend a bait gel for indoors. Advion Roach Bait gel is a very good bait. They will eat the bait even if they have another food source. Phantom Termiticide/Insecticide is a very good spray. You will mix with water and spray along the baseboards and cracks and crevices in places that you cannot put bait gel. It dries clear as well. You do not want to spray the insecticide on the roach bait gel but the roaches will be less likely to eat it since it will be contaminated with the insectide. Phantom can also be sprayed outdoors. The residual outdoors is 30 days and 90 days indoors. We would also recommend using Gentrol IGR (insect growth regulator). It is a birth control for roaches and will keep them from reproducing. With a combination of these products and the landlord cleaning the house next door, this should keep the roaches away. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Answer last updated on: 08/10/2014

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