Cockroaches are one of the most unpleasant pests to have in your home. They can cause household damage and spread a range of diseases and illnesses.
It’s rare to be infested by one single cockroach, so if you see one, there are probably dozens more hiding within your house. Yuck.
So, what do you do? Call a professional and have your home fumigated. This can be done in a number of ways and be using a variety of different insecticides. Here are a few of the chemicals that are used to get rid of them by roach fumigation.
Cockroach Fumigation Products
Demon WP is a popular choice for dealing with various types of insect infestations. It offers 90 days of protection and can be used both indoors and outdoors. One gallon of Demon WP can cover up to 2,500 square feet of a residence of an industrial building. It won’t ruin, damage, or stain any sensitive surfaces such as wood or leather.
Cyper WP comes in the form of a white powder that is mixed with water before use. After it has been applied, Cyper WP wards off pests for two to three months.
One pound of this chemical can cover up to 2,500 square feet. Cyper WP is safe for use in residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial areas. The powder is odorless but has been known to leave a mild powder residue on household surfaces that are dark in color. Cyper WP can be toxic to fish, so fish tanks should be covered or removed from the area before the area is treated.
Magnesium phosphide is a solid that is dark grey in color. It’s used as a powder or in a granule form. When mixed with moisture or any kind of acid, it gives off phosphine gas which is incredibly toxic. Typically, this type of gas is used for fumigation of agricultural areas.
Sulfuryl fluoride is a gas that is highly pressurized and is usually used to fumigate houses and residential areas. It is sometimes used to rid vehicles and lumber of pests. In its gas state, it is highly toxic and when you come in contact with the liquid form of this gas, you could be faced with burns and severe skin irritation.
Methyl bromide can be used as a solid or a has to fumigate various types of insects. It’s usually used in agricultural settings but as of 2006, has been occasionally used for residential fumigation.
Fipronil comes as a white powder and has a mold-like odor. It kills cockroaches when they eat or otherwise come in contact with it, as it binds to their nerve endings and interrupts their nervous system’s functions. Fipronil is more toxic to insects than it is to humans or pets. In fact, Fipronil is used in many flea and tick treatments for pets and isn’t harmful when applied to the animal’s skin.
Cyonara 9.7 can be used in nearly any location including the area that handles food such as fast food restaurants. A treatment of this chemical can last up to 7 months. It can be applied by a professional or with DIY methods, with reapplication recommended every 2 to 3 months for the best and most consistent results.
Treating a cockroach problem isn’t a black and white process. There are grey areas and different ways of doing things, some of which are better suited for certain situations. In all situations, however, some sort of chemical or chemical compound is used to drive the cockroaches out and prevent them from returning.
The above chemicals and compounds are the most popular and successful mediums for fumigating cockroaches. Although the chemicals are most toxic to insects, they can be toxic to humans, as well. The chemicals should not be ingested- if they are, seek medical help immediately.