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COCKROACH FAQs

How effective are baits for controlling cockroaches?

Cockroach baits are an effective way to get rid of cockroaches when placed properly. This kind of treatment relies on every cockroach in a population to feed on the bait before the infestation can be eliminated.

Baits should be combined with other control efforts, such as crack and void treatments, to ensure the infestation is eliminated.

Knowing exactly which treatment options to use is where the experience of a Terminix technician is helpful.

Is it possible to get rid of cockroaches and keep them from coming back?

Cockroaches can be eliminated from a home, but reinfestations can occur depending on the particular species involved and where your home is situated.

Outdoor cockroaches, like the large smoky browns in the Southeast or Oriental cockroaches in the Northeast and Midwest, may continually try to enter a home from the outside.

Regular exterior cockroach control, in addition to sealing outside cracks and holes in walls, can help limit such invasions.

A Terminix specialist can look for any conditions that might contribute to cockroach infestations and make recommendations on how to get rid of cockroaches.

How do I get rid of American cockroaches?

American cockroaches thrive in warm, damp environments such as sewers, steam tunnels, basements, crawl spaces and boiler rooms. For this reason, it’s important to find and treat these areas directly.

In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful pest control involves treatments to the attic, crawl space and exterior cracks in your home and finding and treating likely cockroach harborages over the entire property.

In many cases, professional services are necessary. Terminix professionals know how to get rid of cockroaches and can provide guaranteed long-term cockroach control.

How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are a pest control challenge because they’re the most prolific breeders among all cockroaches. They hide in your bathrooms and kitchen to be as close as possible to food and moisture sources.

Successfully killing these cockroaches requires persistence and experience. Off-the-shelf products are often not enough. Contact the professionals at Terminix to get rid of cockroaches and keep them out of your home.

How do I get rid of palmetto bugs/cockroaches?

The best way to deal with large, outdoor cockroach species is to limit the potential places for them to live near your home and to seal as many cracks and holes in your home's exterior as possible.

To control these cockroaches, do the following:

  • Move firewood away from the house, store it off the ground and cover it with plastic to keep it dry.

  • Discard piles of lumber, bricks, etc.

  • Minimize the use of heavy ground cover like ivy near the house.

  • Keep layers of pine needle mulch to about two inches deep and keep mulch at least 12 inches from the foundation.

If the problem persists, consider using a professional pest control company to apply treatments, such as baits, to lower the cockroach population on the property.

How do I get rid of smoky brown cockroaches?

The best cockroach control method for the smoky brown cockroach is to determine the source and treat it directly, usually with a cockroach bait product.

To keep these cockroaches from invading, make sure your attic and/or crawl space has sufficient ventilation and seal as many exterior cracks and holes as possible on the outside of your home. Don’t allow pet food to sit outside overnight and eliminate lumber piles and debris where these cockroaches could harbor.