Depending on the type of extermination treatment and the recommendations of the pest control company, preparation services for cockroach fumigation can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces.
  • Cover and store all open food.
  • Remove all foods and small appliances from countertops. 
  • If requested by the pest control company, empty all kitchen cupboards, top, and bottom, of all items. Remove all empty kitchen drawers, and place drawers on the counter. Place all kitchen and bathroom contents on tables and cover with a sheet. Empty medicine cabinet and vanity in all bathrooms and clear all bathroom countertops. 
  • Store and/or cover baby toys, supplies, crib mattress, and bedding. 
  • Mop all hard surfaces and vacuum all carpeted floors. 
  • Vacuum up any visible roaches and eggs, using attachments to access hard-to-reach areas.
  • Move appliances away from the wall and clean behind them.
  • Discard all garbage or unnecessary paper products as these will provide areas for roaches and other pests to take refuge.
  • For severe infestations, move curtains and furniture one foot from all baseboards and radiators. 
  • Live sightings: Roaches are more active at night, being nocturnal. Large infestations will produce sightings both day and night.
  • Smell: Large roach infestations will produce a foul smell due to the build-up of excrement (black spots)
  • Egg sacs and body parts: These can be found during inspections. Egg sacs on average contain 30 babies and take only a few weeks to hatch.
  • Mild-to-Moderate Infestation? A gel treatment for cockroaches can be applied in moderate infestations. This treatment requires no preparations and you do not have to vacate the building. The gel is a protein bait that the cockroaches eat. It is safe to use even if you have pets or children.
  • Moderate-to-Severe Infestation? If you have a moderate-to-severe infestation, a thorough preparation and spray is recommended.