German Cockroach Infestations

German Cockroach Infestation by Nick Mason

How to Get Rid of a Cockroach Infestation

If you have a persistent cockroach problem inside your home, it is highly likely that you have a German cockroach infestation. German Cockroaches have much different behavior patterns than other common types of cockroaches such as the Oriental or Amercian Cockroach. Oriental and American cockroaches prefer moist areas and tend to infest outdoor areas more than indoors. If you find an ever increasing number of smaller brown cockroaches in the kitchen or bathroom areas, you may be looking at a full blown German cockroach infestation.

German Cockroach Control Step by Step

Any form of pest control always begins with proper identification. You have to know what the problem pest is before you can create a strategy to solve it. As a former professional pest control operator, here are the steps I would take to identify and solve a German Roach problem whenever called out to a new customer who complained of a roach infestation inside the home:

Locate the Cockroach Problem

German roaches usually infest kitchen or bathroom areas first. It is unlikely that other types of roaches will infest these areas. As earlier described, Oriental, American and other cockroaches are usually seen outdoors with the occasional roach that sneaks inside. If you have roaches that are seen frequently inside in the kitchen and bathroom areas, this is your first sign that you have a German cockroach infestation.

Identify the Cockroach

Once you have located the problem, quickly move to identify the Cockroach. Find a dead cockroach. With gloves, pick up the dead cockroach by the legs and turn it so you can easily view the head and back of the cockroach. German roaches have two black stripes that begin from the front of their head and make their way back to the start of their body. This is the tell-tale sign of a German cockroach, and subsequently a German cockroach infestation. (By the way, if you’ve got one, you most likely have hundreds or even thousands in hiding.)

Isolate the German Roach Infestation

If you know that you have a German roach infestation, the next step is to make sure you know how far reaching the problem is. Everywhere there is a German cockroach infestation, you will find one of three things:

  1. Dead German cockroaches
  2. Shed skins of German cockroaches
  3. Fecal matter (small black dots)

Take a flashlight and inspect the kitchen first, then move out from the kitchen and check behind furniture for signs of more German roaches. Check all bathrooms as well. In the bathrooms, look behind toilets and under sink cabinets.

Kill the German Cockroaches Part 1

As a professional pest control operator, it took a lot of trial and error to learn these simple but effective next few steps. Follow these simple control methods and you will successfully eliminate your German cockroach infestation. For German cockroach control, you will need two types of pesticide; Maxforce Magum gel bait and Phantom.

Use Maxforce Magnum Gel bait. Maxforce Magnum is bait that contains fipronil. This is a type of non-repellant pesticide that will attract the German cockroaches to feed on it. The secret to Maxforce Magnum is that the active ingredient, fipronil, takes quite a while to kill the German cockroaches. This gives them plenty of time to ingest the bait, forage around it and even pass it around to the other roaches in the area. It is very important to do this step first. Don’t spray anything. Most pesticides are repellants and will drive the roaches into cracks and crevices, deeper into hiding. You want the roaches to have a free reign on a smorgasbord of Maxforce Magum fipronil bait. Always follow the label when using Maxforce Magnum. This bait should be placed small pea-sized amounts of bait in hard to reach places underneath sinks, in cracks and crevices and behind appliances.

Killing German Cockroaches Part 2

Wait at least 24 hours for maximum effect. After the waiting period, come back to the baited areas to inspect. You should notice a massive amount of dead German cockroaches. Next use the Phantom. Treat the cracks and crevices of the infested areas with Phantom pesticide. Phantom is also a non-repellant which means the German cockroaches cannot detect it. They will move around and get the Phantom pesticide on their bodies. They will also forage around and transfer the Phantom pesticide to other hiding places and to other German cockroaches. Because Phantom is a non-repellant, it can be sprayed onto or around the Maxforce Magnum previously placed and it will not ruin the Maxforce bait. This is why these two pesticides work so well together.

After treating the proper areas with Phantom, you need to wait a few days before the final steps of the process. You may need to repeat the Phantom treatment if the roach problem continues to persist after a few days. Once you no longer see any live German cockroaches, it is best to sanitize the entire area. Remove all spills, all grease, all crumbs etc. Do not leave any reason for cockroaches to want to re-infest the area. Keep the areas clean and you shouldn’t have to deal with German cockroaches again.

By the way, if you are not willing or able to go through the trouble to follow this protocol, call a professional to solve the problem!