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How To Get Rid Of German Roaches?

Updated on November 25, 2014

How Do You Get Rid of German Roaches Without an Exterminator?

How To Get Rid Of German Roaches - I used to have a lot of German roaches in my apartment. There were so many of them that I thought I was going to lose my mind. As you may know, it is not cheap to hire an exterminator to get rid of German roaches, which is why I wanted to know how to get rid of the German roaches without having to hire a professional.

I have hired a professional in the past to help me with this problem, which cost me a lot of money but the results did not last long. After a month or so, the roaches were back because I chose not to pay the monthly payments for the pest control company to come and spray my place. I knew there had to be a cheaper way to get rid of the German roaches.

So, I did some research and found how to get rid of the roaches. I have put into practice what I have learned and it has worked for me. I even told my parents about my techniques. They tried them and they have managed to get rid of the German roaches infestation in their home as well.

Since getting rid of this problem in my apartment without breaking the bank, I have decided to let everyone who is dealing with German roaches infestation know that they too can get rid of them without the help of an exterminator.

In a hurry? See the list of German roaches products on Amazon that do a great job at getting rid of German roaches. However, If you have a few minutes to spare, keep reading to learn more.

Updated as of 05/14/2014: It has been 15 months since the last time I saw German roaches in my apartment.

Steps to Follow on How to Get Rid of German Roaches Efficiently

  1. Always make sure that your kitchen is clean at night.
  2. Do not leave any dirty dishes in the sink.
  3. Wash the dishes and wipe them.
  4. Make sure you wipe up the sink after you have finished washing the dishes because German roaches can survive on water alone during a week or more.
  5. You have to make sure you sweep the floor.
  6. mop the floor, so they won't find any scrums.
  7. Make sure you follow the same steps in your bathroom as well.
  8. You are now ready to apply a good gel roach bait to get rid of the roaches.

My Nightmare Story About Getting Rid of German Roaches

I have the impression that every apartment that I have lived in was infested with German roaches. I consider myself to be a clean person, so I just want to make it clear that I am not the problem.. lol.

The problem comes from the fact that I live in New York, where there are a lot of German roaches. I don't like these things, so I have tried different methods to get rid of them.

It took a while for me to find the system that would do the trick, but I was able to get rid of them. Keep reading to see how I got rid of them.

How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches?

The Best Way to Get Rid of German Cockroaches

Make sure you use a gel roach bait product to get rid of the German roaches. It has to be a gel roach bait, not any other German roaches products. I have tried other roaches products, but they did not work for me.

The roach bait that worked the best for me was the Invict Gold Cockroach German Roach Control Gel Bait. But based on customer reviews on, the gel baits below work well as well.

Invict Gold Cockroach German Roach Control Gel Bait 4 tubes w/ plunger

2 Tubes Maxforce FC Magnum Cockroach German Roach Pest Control Gel Bait 33

4 Tubes Dupont Advion Cockroach Roach Gel Bait

How To Apply The Gel Roach Bait?

So, how do you apply the gel roach bait? And, how long will it take before I see results?

The gel cockroach bait usually comes with a plunger. Put the plunger behind the tube and apply the gel in small dabs eight to ten inches apart in the places where you know or think that the German roaches hide, such as in the back corner, bottom, behind appliances and top corners of each shelf. Also apply tiny dabs on cabinet door hinges.

If there are any cracks on your cabinets, make sure you apply them there as well because the roaches will most likely try to hide there. The most important thing to remember when applying the product is that you need to find the roaches' hiding places and apply the bait there.

Make sure you do the same thing in your bathroom as well. If, like me, the roaches are everywhere in your apartment or your home, you simply need to put the bait in the kitchen and in the bathroom, and the problem will be taken care of.

When I followed these steps, it only took me a week to get rid of all the German roaches in my apartment. I used two tubes of the bait to get rid of them. I think it cost me about 26 dollars for the tubes. I live in a 3 bedroom apartment. I guess if you live in a big house and the whole house is infested, you will probably need more than 2 tubes.

Informational Video on How To Get Rid Of German Cockoaches

How To Keep The German Roaches From Coming Back?

The best way I have found to keep these German roaches from coming back to my place is to put just a little bit of the gel roach bait once a month in the kitchen.

I do not use a lot. I just put small dabs in the areas where they are susceptible to hide and it seems to do the trick. It has been three months since I got rid of them and I haven't seen one since.

More Tips on How to Get Rid of German Roaches

If you have tried all of the tips that I have given you above and your apartment or house is still infested with German roaches, then you might need to try another roach gel bait to see if it might work better than the last one you tried. Or you can try a combination of things, such as using Boric acid, a gel roach bait and IGR insect growth regulator discs.

I must tell you that the boric acid is very toxic, so you have to be extra careful when using it, especially around the areas where you prepare your food. You can try both the tablet and the powder form of the boric acid. It will take take a couple of weeks before you start seeing results with this technique and up to a few months to get rid of the roaches for good. I hope these techniques work for you.

What is your nightmare story with German roaches?

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      Suzie 7 months ago

      I have a couple of questions about these pest.......German roaches.

      I have a dog that is my other baby & I'm worried about something happening to him even though I wouldn't be putting it in any places he would be interested in.

      My other question is even when there isn't water or food they seem to be in plastic containers of clothes that have been washed & are clean. I'm moving & don't want to take these things with h me which I'm sure some will but, this present place is truly infested in places I can't even reach. So, do you have any suggestions for my problems ? I appreciate am help in at least controlling them till I get out of here. Thank-you, Suzie

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      Gracie 12 months ago

      Great tips, thanks. We also plug the sinks at night because that's how they get in from the outside. We see a big reduction when doing this.

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      Gman 17 months ago

      We got our infestation from a new fridge purchased at Lowes. Been fighting them on and off for the last 2 years. We are down to the final counts and looks like we will be investing in some gel . Can't wait for them to be gone.

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      Thehouse13 3 years ago

      Thank you for this information. We bought our house 9 mos. ago, and have spent close to $1500 in pest control. Yes, professional. And, this is with Okin coming out every other month...just insane! This is the first time we take matters into our own hands (except once when we put boric acid behind light plates and outlets). First off, to any future home buyers, look in your neighbor's back yard...get a ladder; look through holes in fence; just get plain nosey. Do not count on google maps. They don't update that often, and when they do, the pics are delayed; not current. Also, don't rely on the front of your neighbor's house to be the tell all. Our neighbor has a secret hording issue, and by all appearances, he seems very clean and pristine, but look in the backyard and it's like a horror show. Anyway, this is the first time I've ever in my 41 years of life had to deal with German roaches. And, yes, I did think it was an indication of 'being dirty'.

      Our infestation is different. We find them randomly, during the day. But, we never see them at night. I was told if you see one in daylight you can multiply that by 200. I used to wake up in the middle of the night and run into the kitchen thinking I'd see a party going on in there, but it never happened. Weird! I'm glad, but confused. They scare the crap out of me, because I'll forget about them, until I open up a greeting card to find one smack dab in the middle. YUCK! Or, just running across my kitchen floor, with not a care in the world. We did have a couple of months of peace, but they're definitely back, and I am at a new level of anger and determination. I've only seen them in kitchen and main bathroom. Maybe one or two in either living rooms. It just tics me off that instead of using over $1000 in making our house our own, we're just spending it on reclaiming it and protecting it from nasty critters. I should state that part of that expense was to rat-proof our home. We didn't get any, but we weren't going to take any chances. Our said neighbor warned us about them, before we realized that his yard was the culprit.

      I just ordered InVict, Gentrol Point Source IGR, Harris Roach tablets, Diatomaceous Earth FOOD GRADE, and for outside, Bifen XTS oil base. I know, I'm going full on 'take no prisoners' warfare. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. Oh, and thanks for that video. That helps a ton. We had bait that the exterminator put in cabinets and hinges, but nothing like the video. And we did not know about cleaning out the cabinets first...totally makes since.

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      jjanetcampbell 4 years ago

      @Daniel Golvet: I bought a trailer 6 months ago and it looks like I have 3 different kinds..german...these kind that fly and I have been finding black little DEAD ones as I bought this spray called Harris for german cockroaches been around since 1922 says it kills up to 12 months. I have sprayed the floor areas close to the walls and I am finding some coming up by the ceiling. I also have a bad ant problem weird one day I pulled out my "SALT" shaker and it was full of ants!!!??? I find ants in my bathroom. I have a small dog I have been spraying like crazy ...I have to be careful for her. I may just all a professional...though the Harris is working...I WANT THEM GONE LIKE NOW! I am from Michigan ad we don't have roaches there ....people here in Tennessee say when you mention roaches ..."Welcome to the south!" UGH!

      Does anyone know a good professional?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i AM an exterminator. YES!!! Clean up your houses. it makes a huge difference. And pet food, put it away. Its roach food. Wicker, throw it away. No standing water. Most importantly though, just clean up. Starch is their favorite food. They will eat most anything though. Including each other.

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      Daniel Golvet 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Not only are German roaches disgusted, but when your apartment or home is infested, it gives you the impression that they own their place. I am glad that you are doing something to help your in-laws with their roaches infestation. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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      Daniel Golvet 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think your daughter should try to get rid of the German roaches by herself since her landlord is having such a hard time. Have her try my advice and see if it works for her. Please come back to let us if it has worked for her or not.

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      Daniel Golvet 4 years ago

      @hazeltos: You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent advice kilohertz. :) My in-laws have had a long term German roach infestation that they have been dealing with for many years. It's bad enough that you can smell the characteristic foul scent of German roaches throughout the house. I recently bought some of the Maxforce Magnum FC gel and the Maxforce FC bait stations, and I am currently in the process of cleaning out every room that has a water source. I pulled out their dishwasher tonight and man was that nasty! I filled up an entire dustpan with roach egg cases, dead roaches and roach poop. Hopefully we'll have the process of cleaning and laying down the poison, completed by this Sunday.

      Just a couple of things I noticed while cleaning out their kitchen.

      1. Behind the dishwasher seems to be a favored area for the pregnant female roaches to hide and have their young.

      2. In the cabinets I noticed that most of the roach feces and live roaches were hanging out in the upper back corners.

      It seems once we get done with everything, the easy part will be behind us. Now if I can only convince my Father-in-Law to help his Wife keep the kitchen clean, the dude is really lazy when he is at home, lol.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughters apt has them all of the time. The landlord had the Termix guy out quite a few times and after he has sprayed they come back the next day. The last time he sprayed we had to take the kitchen and bathroom apart. He did the kitchen and not the bathroom. Her landlord is having such a hard time trying to get rid of them. This has been going on since she moved in a yer ago. Her apt is not the only one.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I moved in two months ago and have been dealing with these German Roaches ever since. I thought it was the occasional roach. But, one night I woke up to find 15 running through dishes in the sink, swimming in my cat's food, and running away on the floors. Needless to say, I was DISGUSTED. I told my landlord. She's had exterminators come out 3 times in the last month. Like the woman who created this article, I found that cleaning my dishes before I go to bed every night is a must. Also, keeping my floors clean. I also moved the cat's food out of the kitchen and into a more unconvential spot in the apartment. The last time the exterminators came though, they fogged the entire apartment and put gel in the pantry and in other parts of the kitchen. When I came back after the fogging, I probably swept up 100+ roaches. It was f*ing gross. Good luck to whoever is reading this with roaches!

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      Roach infestation is an awful thing to have to go through. Thanks for the great information.

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      Daniel Golvet 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Unfortunately when dealing with landlords like that, you have no choice but to take care of the problem yourself. My landlord is the same way, so I definitely can relate.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I live in a condo. When we first moved in, we were that we had 7 days to write down anything that we noticed that needed attention. Well I wrote down roaches! In the kitchen. I never got a response about the roaches. Other things on the list were repaired, but not this. Months later, I came home and there was a note on the counter that our place had been treated that day. First time I had ever seen this note after about living there for 6 months. About 2 months later, I mentioned the bug problem when I went to pay my rent, and the lady said " oh! Lets make sure we put her on the bug list!" And I'm thinking , aren't we ALL already supposed to be on the list? It says in our lease that they take care of pest control, says its done quarterly. Which should be 4 times a year? They have come 2 times, and they second was because I said something. Anyway! Apparently I have to take care of this on my own. :(

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      Daniel Golvet 5 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: It must have been horrible living with these insects. I am glad you managed to eliminate most of them before moving away.

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      TanoCalvenoa 5 years ago

      I lived in a house with many thousands. I ended up moving away before they were eliminated, although I reduced their numbers probably by 90% in a few months.

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      Daniel Golvet 5 years ago

      @Krisenvorsorge: Thanks Krisenvorsorge for asking this question! I did some research about the term German roaches and found out that this type of roaches originated from Asia. It is believed that they entered Europe in the 17th century with Marco Polo or along early trade routes. The cockroach has been used as an insult for centuries between feuding countries. The roaches that are called German roaches in the US are sometimes called Russian roaches in Germany. And in Russia, these same roaches are called Poland roaches. America has American roaches. The funny thing is that the American roaches came from North Africa during the slave trade. This is a short summary of the origination of the term German roaches. No offense to the Germans!

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      Krisenvorsorge 5 years ago

      What are german roaches? I have never seen this in Germany and I'm living here since 28 years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hate the roaches too, it is killed hardly, you will find it before long even though you killed it a few days ago.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      I live in the south where the ants love us all in the summertime!! gross!!

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      I HATE roaches! In a previous rental house I lived in the property manager hired a professional exterminator who did a great job AND gave me lots of info about things to do/not to do to keep them away. Two things that really helped were not saving/storing paper bags (roaches love to eat paper!) and to put our dog food in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid (roaches also love to eat dog food - as do mice). Thanks for this information as well!

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      smoothielover lm 5 years ago

      Luckily I have never experienced german roaches but we had a flying ant infestation last summer and that was bad enough! If you learn how to deal with them yourself you won't be held to ransom by the pest controllers!