Cockroaches are often considered one of the most disgusting of household insects. They consume food products in the pantry and contaminate the area with their saliva and excrement. They are nocturnal and prefer to roam and feed in the dark, hiding in dark, moist places like behind your refrigerator and stove or under your sink. Only five species of roaches are significant pests throughout the United States, the German cockroach being the most common.
Cockroaches know how to find food. That means you have to be extra careful with crumbs and spills. Storing food in sealed containers helps, too. Here's where you may need to be delicate: if the apartment upstairs or the row house next door is not up to your standards of cleanliness, you could have cockroaches anyway. Talk to your neighbors - tactfully - about working together to fight cockroaches.
Eliminate their food source by cleaning up the kitchen after each meal and storing food in tightly sealed containers. Empty the garbage regularly and seal cracks around baseboards, shelves, cupboards, sinks, and pipes. Treat your baseboards, door and window casings, and the perimeter of your house with Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter¹. It provides up to 12 months of protection against roaches indoors on non porous surfaces.
Roaches in the house come from somewhere, and that's often from the outdoors surrounding the house. Treat your yard with Ortho® Bug B Gon® Insect Killer for Lawns & Gardens.