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3 DIY Exterminator Products To Get Rid of Cockroaches for Good

Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests, and they can cause a lot of damage and discomfort if left unchecked. Not only are they a nuisance, but they also carry diseases and allergens that can cause respiratory problems in humans. Therefore, it is crucial to get rid of cockroaches as soon as possible. While there are many professional pest control services available, these can be costly, and not everyone can afford them. Fortunately, there are several effective DIY products that homeowners can use to eliminate cockroaches for good.

But First, Some Info on the Three Most Common Cockroach Species in the US

Cockroaches are a common household pest in the United States, and they can cause a lot of damage and discomfort if left unchecked. There are several species of cockroaches found in the US, but the most common ones are the German cockroach, the American cockroach, and the Oriental cockroach.

The German cockroach is the most widespread cockroach species in the US and is known for its small size and brown color. These cockroaches are typically found in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas where food is prepared and stored. They are particularly attracted to warmth and moisture and can be found in cracks and crevices, behind appliances, and under sinks.

German cockroach

The American cockroach is larger than the German cockroach and is reddish-brown in color. These cockroaches are commonly found in homes, restaurants, and other commercial buildings. They are particularly attracted to warm and damp areas and are often found in basements, crawl spaces, and sewers.

Oriental cockroach

The Oriental cockroach is the darkest of the common cockroach species found in the US and is commonly referred to as the “water bug.” These cockroaches are attracted to moisture and can be found in damp areas such as basements, crawl spaces, and sewers. They are particularly active at night and are known for their strong odor and loud buzzing sound when they fly.

All three of these cockroach species can carry and transmit diseases such as Salmonella, E. coli, and staphylococcus. They also produce allergens that can cause respiratory problems such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. Therefore, it is important to take preventive measures to keep cockroaches out of homes and eliminate any infestations as soon as possible.

Whether taking a DIY approach or hiring a professional for extermination, preventive measures should be taken afterwards. Keeping the home clean and free of food debris, sealing any cracks and crevices, and eliminating any standing water or moisture are important ongoing practices. In addition, it is important to store food in sealed containers and to dispose of garbage regularly.

Bifen IT


Bifen IT is a popular insecticide that contains bifenthrin as the active ingredient. It is a broad-spectrum insecticide that can be used to control a wide range of pests, including cockroaches. Bifen IT works by interfering with the nervous system of insects, causing paralysis and death. It is a contact insecticide, which means that it must come into direct contact with the insect to be effective. Once the insect comes into contact with Bifen IT, it absorbs the insecticide through its exoskeleton and is quickly paralyzed.

Bifen IT is also a residual insecticide, which means that it remains active for a long time after application. It forms a barrier on surfaces, which prevents cockroaches from moving freely and reduces their ability to breed and multiply. To use Bifen IT for cockroach control, mix the required amount of insecticide with water according to the label instructions. Use a sprayer to apply the solution to the areas where cockroaches are likely to be found, such as cracks and crevices, behind appliances, and under sinks. Pay particular attention to areas where food is stored or prepared.

Vendetta Roach Gel Bait

Vendetta cockroach gel bait

Vendetta Roach Gel Bait is a highly effective and easy-to-use cockroach control product. It contains Abamectin B1, a powerful insecticide that is highly attractive to cockroaches. The gel is applied in small dots, which can be placed in cracks and crevices, behind appliances, and other areas where cockroaches are likely to be found. It is  safe for use in homes, as it does not emit any harmful fumes or odors. Once the cockroaches eat the gel, they die within a few hours. One of the main advantages of Vendetta Roach Gel is that it is highly effective in eliminating cockroach infestations. It works by disrupting the nervous system of the cockroach, causing paralysis and death. 


Gentrol is an insect growth regulator that is highly effective in controlling cockroaches. It contains Hydroprene, a powerful insecticide that disrupts the life cycle of the cockroach, preventing it from reaching maturity and reproducing. Gentrol is available in several formulations, including aerosols, concentrate, and point source devices.

Gentrol is easy to use and can be applied in several ways, depending on the infestation level. It can be applied as a surface spray or as a fogger, depending on the area to be treated. The aerosol formulation is ideal for treating small areas, such as closets and cabinets, while the concentrate is suitable for larger areas.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, cockroach infestations can be a major problem for homeowners, but there are effective DIY products that can be used to eliminate them. Bifen IT, Vendetta Roach Gel, and Gentrol are all highly effective in controlling cockroaches and can be used safely in homes. When using any DIY product for pest control, it is important to read and follow the label instructions carefully to ensure safe and effective usage and always keep out of reach of pets and children.

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