How long does it take for roaches to die after exterminator visits?

Question: How long after an exterminator visits and sprays/places traps/etc. should it take cockroaches to die off completely?

ANSWER: It depends on the size of the infestation, the treatment and the formulations used. Some infestations are so severe that many follow-up visits are required. As the homeowner or tenant, it is imperative you follow the instruction from the Pest Specialist as this will expedite getting positive results from the treatment.

For cockroach infestations call your local Orkin Branch Office. An Orkin Pest Specialist who is highly trained will develop a customized treatment plan that best fits your situation. This treatment can include the use of:

  • Cockroach baits
  • Insect growth regulators
  • Repellent and nonrepellent insecticides in cracks and crevices
  • Dusts in voids
  • Monitor cards to verify treatment effectiveness
  • Recommendations on sanitation to eliminate food, water, and shelter sources for cockroaches

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