DIY Roach Treatment & Control Guide

Everything you need to choose the best DIY roach treatment plan for your home, apartment, office, and more! 

The 4 Steps to Cockroach Control

Step #1 - Inspection

The first step in successful roach control is an inspection of the infected area. Since Indoor Roaches and the Outdoor Roaches live in different places, you will have two parts to a thorough inspection for pest cockroaches. Indoor Roach Inspection - First, start with looking for indoor cockroaches since those are the most common.

Indoor cockroaches like the German Cockroach and the Brown-Banded Cockroach live and breed entirely indoors. German Roaches are the roaches people are the most familiar with. They rapidly breed, especially in kitchens, and prefer to come out at night. 

Outdoor Roaches, also called Palmetto Bugs or Water Bugs, reproduce outdoors but sometimes like to sneak indoors. This means that your inspection will primarily be for entry points where they can sneak in. 

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Step #2 - Identification

Second, correctly identify your pest so you can use the correct treatment. There are two main types of pest cockroaches. Indoor Roaches that can breed indoors and Outdoor Roaches that breed outdoors but like to sneak inside. 

Indoor Cockroaches

  • German Cockroach
  • Brown Banded Cockroach

Outdoor Cockroaches & Palmetto Bugs

  • American Cockroach
  • Australian Cockroach
  • Smokey-Brown and Brown Cockroaches
  • Asian Cockroach
  • Oriental Cockroaches
  • Florida Woods Cockroach
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    Step #3 - Treatment

    Third, begin a roach treatment plan. Using a few simple steps  you can treat your roach problem just like the Pros would if you hired them, yet at a fraction of the cost. In this section you will learn how to stop roaches using the same professional products they do. 

    Our affordable and easy to use roach control kits have everything you need to treat and control roaches in your home, apartment, condo, trailer,  business, and more. 


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    Step #4 - Prevention

    Fourth, once you have your roach problems under control you will want to think about how to prevent them from coming back again. Prevention will lead to long term roach control and stop future headaches before they start.

    This section will give you simple step by step tips to prevent a roach outbreak from happening to you again. This will give you the peace of mind that you are actively protecting your property. 

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      Roach Inspection

      The first step to proper roach treatment is inspecting your home to determine what type of roaches are present.
      This section of the guide will help you in your inspection. 

      Since indoor roaches and  outdoor roaches live in different places, you will have two parts to a thorough inspection for pest cockroaches.  Let's start with the indoor roach inspection. 

      Indoor Roach Inspection

      Indoor Roaches Discussed in this Inspection:

      • German Cockroach
      • Brown Banded Cockroach

      Indoor cockroaches are the most common. Indoor cockroaches like the German Cockroach and the Brown-Banded Cockroach live and breed entirely indoors.

      German Roaches are the roaches people are the most familiar with. They rapidly breed, especially in kitchens, and prefer to come out at night. When you turn on a light at night you may see dozens of German roaches scurrying to hide in a dark place.

      How to Inspect for German Roaches

      Start in the kitchen. German roaches like places that are warm, dark, and have a lot of moisture.

      Where to look:

      • In the upper corners in cabinets and under counters
      • Behind, under, or in large appliances like the refrigerator and stove
      • Inside or under small appliances like microwaves, coffee makers, etc.
      • Hiding in cardboard or stored plastic/paper grocery bags
      • Hiding in other clutter

      German Roaches Prefer Areas:

      • High moisture
      • Warmth
      • Available Food
      • Darkness

      (Check Kitchens and Bathrooms)

      If there is a large population in the kitchen German roaches will also begin to migrate into other rooms of the home.

      Generally, the German Roaches will not do well in other rooms of the house unless there is a lot of food and moisture available. If there you see food and moisture sources in other rooms (like a teenager with a pile of dirty dishes in his bedroom) check closely there too.

      If not, focus most of your time on the kitchen and bathrooms.

      What you will find if German Roaches are present:

      Live German Roaches

      Dead German Roaches

      Fecal Spotting

      How to Inspect for Brown-Banded Roaches

      First, Brown-banded Roaches are not common at all. However, if you think you may have brown-banded roaches, you are going to look in completely different places than you would for German Roaches.

      Brown-banded Roaches are typically NOT in kitchens or bathrooms. They do very well in closets, garages, mini-storage units and anywhere else items are stored.

      Brown-banded Roaches do not need a lot of food or moisture.

      Brown-banded Roaches can get everything they need to survive from starches and moisture that is in the cardboard and the glue used to make cardboard boxes!

      Especially in places that are not air conditioned like garages or certain regions of the country that don’t use air-conditioning, Brown-banded roaches can do very well.

      Where to look:

      • In the upper 1/3 of walls and behind items in these areas
      • On shelves, behind pictures, etc.
      • Along cracks and crevices along crown molding
      • In closets, especially the upper shelves
      • Any cardboard boxes used for storage

      Brown-Banded Roaches Prefer Areas:

      • That are dry
      • On the top 1/3 of walls

      (Check closets, behind pictures, and crown moldings)

      What you will find if Brown-Banded Roaches are present:

      Live Brown-Banded Roaches

      Dead Brown-Banded Roaches

      Egg Capsules

      Outdoor Roach Inspection

      Outdoor Roaches Discussed in this Inspection:

      • American Cockroach
      • Australian Cockroach
      • Smokey-Brown and Brown Cockroaches
      • Asian Cockroach
      • Oriental Cockroaches
      • Florida Woods Cockroach

      Outdoor Roaches, also called Palmetto Bugs or Water Bugs, reproduce outdoors but sometimes like to sneak indoors. This means that your inspection will primarily be for entry points where they can sneak in.

      Especially during the first few cold fronts of the year, outdoor roaches seek out warm places to hide. If they can feel warm air leak out around your front door they may decide to follow that warm air into your home!

      Also, I would like to note that in rare cases Outdoor Roaches can breed indoors. However, this is only if you “bring outdoor conditions inside”.

      This only happens if there is a major water source from an air-conditioner, roof leak, or flood damage.

      Most species of Outdoor Roaches will come directly from the outdoors by squeezing through a gap on the exterior of your home (usually around a door or window).

      The exception are American Roaches. They love to be in sewers and septic tanks by the thousands. Normally they cannot get past the sewer “traps” that hold water that are located in every drain or toilet in your home.

      However, if a drain dries up or if there is a broken sewer line, you may see a continual problem with American Roaches.

      They still dry up and die once they sneak inside, but more take their place.

      If you are seeing several American Roaches per week inspect your plumbing closely.

      If you think you have a broken pipe or larger problem, plumbers can do special “smoke-tests” to find the broken pipe.

      Where to look:

      • Look for gaps around all doors (front door, sliding doors, garage doors, etc). If you can see light coming in around a door, that is enough room for a roach to squeeze through.
      • Look for gaps around water pipes, cable lines, and other utilities on the exterior that need sealed.
      • Make sure all windows are shut completely, are caulked properly, and have good-fitting screens.
      • Check for unused drains that may be dry. If water hasn’t been ran down them in about a week these may be entry points too. Tubs, spare bathrooms, and floor drains are common issues.
      • Look for a “rocking toilet”. If a toilet can wiggle even a little bit, that means the wax-ring is bad giving roaches access from the sewers.
      • Any other known open or broken sewer lines can be the source, especially in old or recently remodeled homes.
      • Look indoors for the roaches themselves. Most will dry up and die near entry points. Others will be attracted to moist areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
      • Check in potted plants. They have food, moisture, and warmth roaches love.
      • Check in cardboard boxes. Especially if they are stored in humid areas like garages or attics.
      • Be on the lookout for signs of a major water leak (roof leak, air-conditioner leak, flood damage, etc
      roaches stopped by a wet p-trap in a drain pipe verses roaches that can get into a house through a dry p-trap drain

      Example of a wet drain pipe verses a dry drain pipe in stopping outdoor roaches from getting into your home.

      What you will find if Outdoor  Roaches are present:

      • Live Roaches themselves – usually just one here or there. Remember they don’t breed indoors.
      • Dead roaches– usually just one here or there. Remember they don’t breed indoors.
      • Fecal spotting, especially in areas where roaches like to “hang out” a lot.
      • Gaps around doors, windows, or other entry points where they enter.
      • Dry drains or other open/broken sewer lines.

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