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Don writes,

Is Phantom Insecticide effective against roaches around my home?

We seem to have a seasonal oriental roach problem. Last year I used Cy-Kick with good success, for some reason that escapes me I purchased some Phantom will this be as effective against the roaches when used as a perimeter spray 6 feet out from and 3 feet up the foundation? Our house has a crawl space under it what treatment if any do you recomend under the house? What about treating fences, decks and lawns?


Phantom is a great choice for "social" insects or those insects that congregate together for nesting and feeding. Phantom offers a delayed kill that gives insects time to get back to the nest and infect other insects with the insecticide. Phantom is also a non-repellent insecticide which means that sensitive insects like roaches can not tell that it is there and they readily cross over the treatment area. Phantom is usually used indoors for current infestations. Exterior applications are limited to spot and crack and crevice treatments around door frames, window frames, eaves, attic vents, and holes where utilities enter into the structure.

Cy-Kick CS is micro-encapsulated and offers a faster knockdown of insects and can be used in more places than the Phantom. Cy-Kick is a great choice for outdoor perimeter control of roaches and many other insects. You can use the Cy-Kick-CS to treat around your fence deck and lawn. You may also want to consider what is bringing the roaches to your home. Take a few minutes to read through our article on Integrated Pest Management. This article can help you make a few changes to your yard and home that could stop the roaches from being attracted to the area in the first place. 

Answer last updated on: 04/19/2010

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