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Pest Control Products for Clean Out

The pesticides used in a German cockroach clean-out will also exterminate many other pests in homes, restaurants or other businesses.

Basically, the clean-out procedure involves a 3 step operation that targets large infestations of German cockroaches with the goal of exterminating or cleaning out the majority of the roach population at one time.  Before beginning this pest elimination job, make sure that areas are cleaned with no grease or oily residue on surfaces about to be treated.  Inspection and sanitation are the first two steps in any pest management program.
Leave no foods or utensils out in the open during this procedure.  Put away or cover utensils, food stuffs and food preparation areas.

The first step in a clean-out involves spraying a residual product that kills roaches as they forage.  The second step is crack and crevice work.  This C&C work will kill roaches where they hide and will flush them out into the open.  Once they have been flushed out, they are more likely to get into your residual spray.  The final step in a cockroach clean-out is to fog the entire area.  This final step is an option as you will see later on.
Now, to the first step.

1) Residual pesticides:  Spraying baseboards, underneath and behind appliances and in other areas where roaches frequent gives you the long term control that you need.  Suggested products include Cynoff EC, Demon EC, Cypermethrin 4 ounce or Acephate Pro PCO.  For heavy infestations, use the clean out rate suggested on the pesticide label.  This rate usually uses twice the amount of concentrated material than that used in maintenance spraying programs.

If you are spraying a restaurant or other commercial food handling establishment, you must use  Acephate Pro PCO, Tempo SC, or Tempo WP.

2) Crack & crevice work:  When dealing with a severe infestation, a residual pesticide alone will not exterminate the entire roach population.   Using professional aerosols and/or dusts enables you to inject pesticides into the tiny areas where your target pests are hiding.  This also helps to "flush out" pests, forcing them to enter areas you have treated with residual products.  For flushing action without a residual (for more sensitive areas, food handling appliances, etc.,) Pyrethrin Aerosols are the best.

3) Once you have finished spraying your long term insecticide (step 1) and you have done all of your crack and crevice work (step 2), you might want to fog.  This step is not always necessary.  People doing pest control in restaurants, warehouses or rental property where there is an enormous German cockroach problem prefer to finish the job by fogging the entire area with a pyrethrin fog material.  The fogging procedure will give a tremendous knock down on all insects or bugs that have been flushed out into the open.
The first two steps of a clean out agitates the roaches in what we call a flushing action.  Have you ever overheard an uneducated person say that their pest control technician only "fed" their roaches?  They are reacting to the tremendous increase in roach activity that occurs following a roach clean out job.  Fogging the area will vastly reduce visible roaches if you have followed the first two steps in a roach clean out procedure.

When fogging indoors, use a cold fogger instead of a thermal fogger.  A cold fog is safer and cleaner.  The most economical material to use in a cold fogger is a pyrethrin concentrate.  (You can also add an ounce or two of pyrethrin concentrate to your residual pesticide for a quick knock-down of bugs.)
Only two to four ounces of concentrated pyrethrins is needed to make a gallon of fogging solution.  This is a great deal of material!  Only 1 ounce of solution is needed per 1,000 cubic feet of space to be fogged.  More is not better!

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