Roach Extermination Process

Roach Extermination Process | Complete DIY Roach Extermination Guide

Are you tired of the roaches coming out as soon as you turn out your lights?  Cockroach extermination cost on average runs about $300 per year if you have a contract, but you don’t have to pay that much. Did you know the roach extermination process is easy?

I’m going to show you the step by step roach extermination process using the same proven pest control products and methods the professionals use.

But first, let’s join Keith at Solution Stores to learn how easy it is to use the roach extermination method.

If you want to skip the rest of this article and go for the Cockroach Kit Keith described in the video above you can get it here… Cockroach Control Kit.  If you want to see my recommendations of what has worked for me feel free to continue on down.

Contrary to what many people believe, you don’t have to be a licensed exterminator to do your own pest control. As long as you follow the instructions on the label you will be able to safely apply professional pest control products.

There are many reasons why people choose to do their own pest control. The most common reason is that they are looking for affordable pest control. But did you know that doing your own is the most reliable pest control there is? Why, because you are the one who mixes and applies the product. Not all, but some exterminators water down their pest control products to save on cost. I know because it happened to me.

So, you are your own ideal pest control solution. Maybe you’re doing this for your own home or maybe like me, you have several properties that need to be kept under control and like me you’re looking for cheap pest control products. I will show you which products I use and where you can buy them for yourself.

Roach Extermination Process

Following the extermination process bellow will insure that when you are done, you will be rid of your cockroach problem. And, because you’ve learned this method, you can apply it over and over again to make sure you never have to sleep while the roaches are awake and running  around your house.

Remove food and water sources

Like all living things, roaches need food and water to survive. So,it only makes sense to eliminate as much food and water as you can. I know it’s not possible to eradicate everything a roach can survive on but at least we can make it more difficult.

As you can imagine, surfaces like counter tops and cabinets are places that food and moisture gather. So cleaning these areas with a good disinfectant will help starve the roaches. And, making sure that your sink is dry and your stopper is in place will help eliminate a potential water source. Do you know that your sinks drain has a constant water reservoir in it’s trap? This is why keeping your stopper in place will help shut off that supply to the roach.

The way you store food is often overlooked as a good way to keep food sources away from opportunistic roaches. Get rid of cereal boxes by using a plastic cereal container that can be purchased at your local store.  You can do the same for your bread or anything that’s sold in a cardboard box.

Seal cracks and crevices

Next, seal up any place that a roach can hide in. Roaches love tight spaces, so sealing up cracks and crevices makes it harder for them to find a safe harbor to live and nest in.

Sealing can be accomplished by using either painters caulk or silicone. Use painters caulk when the crack is between two painted surfaces like a wall and cabinet or wall and baseboard. Use 100% silicone when crack or crevice is between two non painted surfaces, like sinks and counter tops.

Identify the roach type

It is important to properly identify the type of roach you are having a problem with. Different types products may be more effective on one type roach than another type.

Some of the most common roach types are German Cockroach, Asian Cockroach, American Cockroach, Smokey Brown Cockroach, Brown Banded Cockroach, and the Oriental Cockroaches. Use the picture below to identify which roach you’re having a problem with.

German Cockroach

The scientific name for the German Cockroach is Blattella Germanica and it’s origin was originally thought to come from Ethiopia, a region in Northeast Africa. Now scientist believe it may have originated from Southeast Asia. Wherever they originated from, they are now found on every continent. Since they are a domiciliary pest, they have hitched a ride to every corner of the earth except the coldest regions like Antarctica. An interesting factoid is that they are known as German cockroaches everywhere except in Germany, the Germans call them Russian Cockroaches.Roach Extermination Process

The German Cockroach has found a domicile in every human space and especially in restaurants, food processing facilities, nursing homes and hotels. German roaches cannot survive harsh cold weather, thus they have to find shelter in all of these places, including residential homes and apartments.

German roaches are night creatures (nocturnal) but do still come out in the day. Now, when you do see them in the daylight, it is an indicator that you may have a serious infestation due to over crowding in their nesting areas.

What do they eat? German roaches love meats, fatty foods, starches and sugars. When there is a shortage of these food products, they may turn to household items like toothpaste, soap or even each other if conditions are bad enough.

Reproduction in German cockroaches is the fastest among all residential cockroaches. From egg to reproductive maturity is approximately 50 days. You may have noticed a fertilized female with a rectangular object protruding from her abdomen, this is called the Oothecae and carry between 18 to 50 eggs.

Because the German roach reproduces so fast, it is essential to get control over the population as soon as you can.

Asian Cockroach

Asian CockroachThe scientific name for the Asian Cockroach is Blattella Asahinai and was found and named in 1981 from collections in Okinawa Japan. The Asian cockroach is nearly identical to the German roach. But, the one major difference is that the Asian roach is a strong flyer, almost moth like in it’s appearance. Unlike the German roach, the Asian roach likes light and living outdoors.

As far as where they live, they are found in more tropical areas and warm climate zones. They do not survive well in colder temperatures. In the United States they can be found in places like Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Texas.

American Cockroach

The scientific name for the American Cockroach is Periplaneta amercana and is sometimes call a waterbug although they are not a waterbug because they are not aquatic. The American cockroach is the largest among the roach species. They are also a global pest that first migrated American Cockroachto American from Africa circa 1625.

The American cockroach is approximately 1.6 inches long and are a reddish brown with a yellow margin on its body behind it’s head.

If populations of the American roach is high enough a strong odor may be present in your home. Roaches are carriers of bacteria like salmonella which they pick up on their legs and distribute wherever they roam like on foods and other surfaces. You can become ill as a result of bacteria or may have allergic reactions if the roaches body parts and dried feces get stirred up in the dust of your home.

American Roaches are fond of eating a wide variety of things including leather, book bindings, dried skin, starches, fermenting foods or even their own dead or wounded.

As with the German cockroach, the American roach seek warmer areas in seasons of colder weather causing an infestation. They can be controlled with the use of insecticides, sealing cracks and crevices, and keeping your environment clean and free of food and water sources.

Smokey Brown Cockroach

Smokey Brown CockroachThe scientific name for the Smokey Brown Cockroach is the Periplaneta Fulginosa. The Smokey Brown roach grows to a length up to 1 3/8 of an inch and are closely related to the American cockroach. The distinguishing characteristics from the American roach are it’s dark brown coloration and it’s dark and shiny thorax.

Although the Smokey Brown roach might migrate indoor during cold weather, they prefer the outdoors and will usually migrate back outside during warm weather.

The Smokey Brown cockroach likes to eat organic or decaying matter and has to have water every 2-3 days.

They can be found in the southern part of the U.S. , tropical areas, Australia and are very common in Japan.

Brown Banded Cockroach

Supella Longipalpa known as the Brown Banded Cockroach is a smaller roach. It’s color is a light brown and has two light colored bands Brown Banded Cockroachacross the wings and abdomen. The males wings that cover the abdomen entirely while the female’s does not.

The Brown Banded roach is commonly found in the southern, northeastern and midwest regions of the U.S.A. They are not commonly found in restaurants but mainly in homes and apartments and don’t normally come out during daylight hours.

When it comes to diet, the Brown Banded cockroach eats a wide variety of things. Additionally, they don’t have to have as much water as their cousins do to survive.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental CockroachBlatta Orientalis otherwise known as the Oriental cockroach can reach up to 1.14 inches long and is dark brown or black in color with a glossy body. The female has a wider body than the male but does not grow to the length of a male. Although both have wings, neither the male nor the female can fly. The Oriental cockroach was originally from the Crimean Peninsula, Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, it is now found nearly worldwide.

They can migrate into homes but are found mostly outdoors around decaying organic matter, sewers, drains, basements, under mulch and leafy ground cover. Basically they thrive in moist, warm and dark places that provide cover.

The Oriental roach needs a place to hide and are nocturnal. Because they rarely are seen during the daytime, it can be very difficult to know that you have an infestation problem. Additionally, exterminating the Oriental cockroach can be difficult as well. Even though insecticides can kill them, it can become washed away with rain giving the female a chance to hatch new nymphs up to two month’s later.

Chose your equipment

Now that you’ve identified your pesky little pest, it’s time to choose the equipment you will need to apply your insecticide.  After we choose the equipment, we will cover which insecticides to buy and where to buy them.

Protective Safety Gearhomeowner-chemical-safety-kit

It’s a good idea to use safety googles, gloves and a chemical mask. You can pick these items up at your local hardware store, farmers coop or conveniently order them at the same time you order your insecticides. Here is a kit from Solutions Pest & Garden.

Pump Sprayers

I have used several pump sprayers and find that a lot of the cheap ones don’t last long. I know I can replace one for about $10 to 15 dollars but just hate starting a job then find out I’m going to have to replace my sprayer because the cheap one stopped working. So I go with a sprayer that last’s longer and easy to repair. But, you can use a cheap pump sprayer of you choose to, it will work.

I will be listing 3 different sprayers with different qualities and price points but I don’t recommend the cheapest ones and won’t be covering them.

Smith Professional 190230 2 Gallon pump sprayerSmith Professional 190230 2 gallon pump sprayer

At the lower end of the pump sprayers that I recommend is the Smith Professional 190230.

  • 21-inch poly wand and shut-off with Viton seals, comfort grip, removable in-line fiter, and lock-on feature for continuous spraying
  • Highly efficient pump pressurizes with 25% fewer strokes per gallon
  • Viton seals throughout pump and shut-off for long-lasting, leak free performance
  • Safe, pressure release cap sends vapors and liquids down and away when top is opened
  • Includes 5 nozzles for ultimate versatility: poly adjustable, brass adjustable, 2 flat fans, and a high performance foaming nozzle

You can find this pump sprayer on Amazon… Buy Now

Smith Performance R200 2 Gallon compression sprayerSmith Performance R200 2 Gallon Compression Sprayer

This one is my personal favorite because of quality vs price. It has a 21″ quality stainless steel wand to reach hard to get to places and it has easy to change seals when needed.  Additionally, the way the tank is shaped makes it easier to carry.

I was very tempted to go with the more expensive professional sprayers but this one is perfectly capable of handling all my properties for a reasonable price.

  • Professional grade sprayer and components built to withstand harsh agricultural chemicals along with rugged transport and use
  • Durable, 21 inch stainless steel wand with exclusive poly lining and the highest quality Viton seals for maximum chemical resistance
  • Highly efficient pump requires 25% fewer pumps per gallon than leading competitor
  • In-line, easy-to-access filter has more surface area than leading competitors which reduces clogging and minimizes cleaning
  • Faster, easier repair – pump seals can be changed within minutes without tools, which equals less downtime

N124-CC-18 B&G Sprayer just like pest control professionals use

The B&G N124-CC-18 handheld pump sprayer is a top of the line professional sprayer. These pump sprayers are over $200 but if you have a large commercial property, farm, apartments, or any business that has a large complex, this sprayer might be just what you’re looking for. When you need a durable, long lasting sprayer for heavy use, this is what I recommend.

Sprayer Type: Hand-held pump sprayeN124-CC-18 B&G handheld pump sprayer

Material/Construction: Stainless steel tank, brass/metal parts

Pressure (PSI): 50 PSI

Spray Pattern: Fine pin stream, fan spray, fine mist, or crack & crevice

Tank Size: 1 gallon

Hose Length (inches): 48 in.

Wand Length (inches): 18 in.

Features: Removable carpet protector ring with spare parts storage inside ring

You can find this professional handheld pump sprayer and all of you professional insecticides at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

Pick your professional insecticide product

When considering which insecticide to use, I am going to give you my recommendation based on what I have used, because I know it works for me. Please keep in mind that you do have to change your insecticide occasionally to insure the cockroach population does not become immune to your treatments.


It is important to understand that the first treatment is what I call a knockdown. A knockdown is just what it sounds like, first you knockdown the living population. In this phase of treatment, you will use your insecticide along with an Insect Growth Regualtor (IGR). An IGR decreases the cockroaches ability to reproduce it’s young. The IGR is most effective in nymphs (young roaches), because it sterilizes them before they reach their reproductive age.

2 week follow up

Two weeks after your initial knockdown, you’re going to treat again using the same insecticide mixed with the IGR and add a long acting Gel Bait. The long acting Gel bait once consumed by the cockroach will eventually kill that roach, but not before it carries the poison back to the colony.  When that roach excretes feces, the other roaches eat it (I know, gross) and they will also be poisoned thereby killing the colony.

My recommended insecticide combination.

As I said earlier, this is what works for me. I think it will work for any cockroach type also.

Orthene PCO Pellets

Orthene PCO Acephate Pellets1 package of Orthene PCO Pellets mixed in a gallon of water is enough to treat 1500 square feet inside your home. A couple of reasons that I like this product is first, roaches have not built an immunity to it and secondly, this is a product of choice for commercial kitchens and Restaurants. It was also the first product my friend who owns a pest control service used to knockout a roach population for me. IT WORKS!

Get your Orthene PCO Pellets through Solutions Pest & Lawn

Tekko Pro IGRTekko Pro IGR

Mix 1 once of Tekko Pro IGR along with 1 package of Orthene PCO pellets in one gallon of water, screw on pump handle tight and shake the solution up to mix. Then treat in areas as recommended in the video above (or follow the printable pdf application guide below).

Get your Tekko Pro IGR here at Solutions Pest & Lawn

MaxForce FC Magnum

MaxForce FC MagnumI purchased a house back in the 90’s that had an infestation so bad I didn’t know if anything would work. A friend from Terminex introduced me to MaxForce Gel baits and I was shocked at how well it worked. It totally wiped out the colony in a matter of weeks.

Now, MaxForce FC Magnum by Bayer is the newer, more powerful replacement to the one I used on my rental properties in the 90’s. This used along with the treatment above is going to be the 1 2 3 knockout punch to get rid of your cockroach problem.

Watch this short video to see how Keith at Solutions Pest & Lawn applies MaxForce FC Magnum.

Get your MaxForce FC Magnum here… Solutions Pest & Lawn

Targeting Specific Cockroaches

All though I believe the treatment I discussed above will handle any roach problem, you might would rather target a specific type of roach, I have provided information below that will show you which insecticides to use for a specific roach type.

This link will take you to a page which lists all the roach types. Once you get on the page simply scroll down a little and you will see the entire list. Simply click on the cockroach type you want to exterminate and it will show you their specific recommendations.

Here is the Link to that page… Solutions Pest & Lawn

Use professional application technique

Following the proper application technique will insure that your extermination efforts pay off. Below I have given you a link to a page that you can print off and follow.

This Free Pest Control Application guide is step by step instructions (including pictures) that will show you EXACTLY how to mix and where to treat. It’s the Roach Extermination Process that Professionals use. Feel free to share this guide with friends who may need it.

Get your free guide

My final thoughts

Don’t be afraid to put this roach extermination process to work. As long as you follow the instructions on the label, exterminating roaches is easy and safe around children and animals. But as a precaution, it is recommended that your children and animals stay outside the home until the product dries.

It is my sincere hope that you have taken something valuable away from this article and that after reading through this post you come away feeling confident that you can apply the roach extermination process. I hope it will serve you for a lifetime of pest free living.

If  you would like to ask a question or if you have some personal success with dealing with roach problems and would like to leave a comment below, that would be awesome.

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Comments (12)

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    Shelli Thomas


    You REALLY know your cockroaches, and how to kill them! I think that is a great thing! We don’t really have them up here, in Montana, but when we go on vacation, we often see them, and I’m happy to read of ways to get rid of them. Especially if we ever move to a more tropical climate! Thank you for sharing all you know here for us!


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      Oh my goodness, you’re so lucky to live in Montana. Here in Oklhahoma, extermination is a must if you want to live in a clean, bug free environment.


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    Great information. The best thing that I know is to be clean and leave no food or water for them. I wish I had seen this about a 2 years ago. I moved into a place that had a really bad infestation.

    When I looked at the place in the daytime you would have never known it. Plus they did an awesome cosmetic job on it. That night my wife and I wanted our money back. But I was from Chicago and knew they could be dealt with.

    I this time used Terminex. Cost me about what you said it would with a contract actually about $100 more. But I will say that they got rid of every last one of them. I have not seen not a one in over a year. For the way they were, it seemed short of a miracle.

    But I see now you can actually do it yourself. I think they just overwhelmed me and I felt like using a professional was the only way. Thanks for the information.


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      Hi Ronnie, glad to hear that you got the roaches under control, I’m sure you sleep better at night knowing they are not moving about while you sleep. Many people are not aware that they can do their own pest control. I can’t count the number of times people would tell me about some over the counter, sure fire remedy for cockroach’s that didn’t work. Thankfully, those days are gone and we can do our own extermination now.


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    Hi Keith, and thanks for your thorough article. We don’t have roach problems up here in Alberta, Canada. Too cold I guess lol. But my son lives in Texas, and I’m sure they see them down there. I’d like to send him this article. Are there any insecticides that are safe for pets? He has 2 dogs and 2 cats.
    Thanks again,


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      Hi Suzanne, Texas certainly is an area that roaches can and do live in. All the products listed above will not harm humans or animals when used according to the instructions. But, just to be safe, animals and children can stay outside the treatment area until the product dries.

      By the way, be thankful you don’t have a problem with these pesky bugs because they can carry things not healthy for humans if not exterminated.


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    Wow! Would you think I’m crazy if I told you I literally never thought of there being MORE THAN ONE type of roach!? Duh! Makes sense, but I hadn’t thought about it, or that I may need to know what type of roach it is in order to properly rid my place of them! Luckily I haven’t had any problems with them (new home owner here!) I’ll definitely reference this thorough guide when I do!! Thanks so much for sharing!


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      Hi Courtney, actually there are more types of cockroaches than is listed here, however these are the most common ones. I’m sure if you ever do have an issue with roaches you will be able to handle the task. I’m glad you found the article helpful. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.


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    Really interesting read. I’ve been lucky enough in my life to never have to deal with cockroaches, but if it ever happen in the near future, I know now how to get rid of them. Thanks for your article!


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      You are lucky indeed. Bookmark the article Ben if you like and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


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    Great information right there! Thank you, you really helped me out. I just found a couple days ago a few cockroaches in my bathroom, I think it was the American one, but that is just a guess. Anyways, thank you again!


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      You’re welcome. American cockroaches are larger than their cousin’s and commonly found in drainage systems. They can also navigate their way into you home through your drains, so I’m not surprised you found them in the bathroom. Follow the above steps and you will do great.


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