What to Expect After a Roach Exterminator Treatment

The worst has happened, and you’ve suddenly found your home infested with cockroaches. You’ve called the exterminator, and they’ve come in, sprayed and baited, and done their thing. But what happens next? Here is what to expect after an exterminator sprays for roaches.


Do not clean! Cleaning treatment areas, especially deep cleaning, can interfere with the exterminator’s treatment. You can do light cleaning in case of spills or similar messes and wipe up any visible dust with a damp paper towel. However, if possible, you should wait 5-10 days after treatment to do any thorough cleaning.

This doesn’t mean you should not clean anywhere. You should thoroughly clean your eating surfaces and any dishes or silverware left out prior to the exterminator’s arrival. Just avoid cleaning the treated parts of your home (e.g., baseboards). You don’t want to undo all that hard work!

You should also keep your eating areas clean so that the roaches are attracted to the baits, not your leftover dinner. Similarly, keep sinks and bathtubs as dry as possible. The cockroaches will die more quickly without access to water.

So, the exterminator came, but there are still roaches?

It’s common to see roaches after extermination. Do not spray or use a bug bomb in the area! This can interfere with the exterminator’s treatment and cause any remaining roaches to scatter away from the bomb, possibly causing an infestation in areas of your home where roaches were not previously seen. You can vacuum up the ones you see if you just can’t stand them, but don’t use any chemical controls.

After extermination, you can expect to see roaches for a few weeks, even in the daytime, which you may not have seen before. This is because the treatment confuses the roaches, and their normal habits are disrupted.

They will usually be walking slowly as they are dying. The number of dead roaches you see should eventually decrease as time goes on.

Be sure to clean up the carcasses as you see them and keep track of problem areas. You can vacuum up the carcasses or collect them individually with a tissue and flush them down the toilet.

Should I be seeing baby roaches after an extermination?

Yes, it is also perfectly normal to see baby roaches after extermination. The life cycle of the German cockroach (the most common cockroach pest in homes and businesses) is about 100 days from egg to nymph to adult. The babies you are seeing are the nymphs.

At the time of treatment, the babies were likely still in their egg form. And since a normal cockroach egg sac can contain up to 40 eggs it’s common to see quite a few baby roaches after a cockroach treatment. But not to worry! The nymphs are hungry and will eat anything they can, include the bait and dead adults, which are poisoned themselves. They won’t be exempt from the exterminator’s treatment!

What to do if you are still seeing roaches after extermination?

First things first, don’t panic! It takes about two weeks for all the roaches to be flushed out. Severe infestations might even require a second treatment. But your exterminator should let you know if this is needed.

Continue to do light cleaning as mentioned above (keep eating areas clean, don’t leave out food or food waste and keep sinks and bathtubs dry). If they are finding food and water sources, it will take longer for them to die.

Also, keep paper and cardboard tucked away and away from the kitchen, especially if it’s wet. Wet paper products contain both food and water that cockroaches need to survive. So get rid of it ideally in sealed bags outside, away from the immediate vicinity of the home.

Do roaches come back after extermination?

Although it is unlikely that roaches will come back, it is possible. This is most common in living situations where people are housed close together, such as in apartments, garden-style houses, and neighborhoods where houses are not spaced very far apart. It’s a good idea to talk to your neighbors and check to see if they are experiencing problems as well. Roaches can migrate in after your successful treatment.

And even if you do everything right, roaches can still find a way back into your life. There are many ways this can happen. After all, roaches survive best with people.

Roaches can be brought back into your home through a garage sale, and flea market finds.

Careful inspection with a flashlight can often tell if your newfound treasure is contaminated, but if you are unsure, you can leave it outdoors in full sunlight for a full day. Or, if the item is small, it can be placed in the freezer in a plastic bag for a day — if any hitchhikers were present, they’d be dead inside the bag.

Sometimes even cans and beverages from the store can carry an unwanted invader. The corrugated cardboard boxes that everything is shipped in are the perfect breeding ground for roaches. Most stores you are likely to shop at work hard to keep their stores roach-free, but many get shipments in from all over the world, so it does happen from time to time. As soon as you get home, clean your cans and bottles before putting them away in the pantry, just to be safe.

Moving from place to place can also bring along roaches. Wrapping clean clothing and belongings in plastic can help, but, as we mentioned before, cardboard boxes are a favorite habitat.

If you’ve seen one or two roaches but aren’t really sure if they are holdouts from the treatment or new cockroaches arriving, you can set simple sticky traps in cabinets under the sink, behind the refrigerator or wherever roaches are typically seen. It will be obvious if there is a continued problem, or if you simply caught a couple of strays. In any case, make note of the location, and keep an eye on it.

If you are still experiencing a roach problem after six months, it is a good idea to contact your exterminator and find out how can you schedule another inspection.


Lynn Stephens

I contacted someone to exterminate german cockroaches. I believe I got their name from you. They came the first time never saw dead bugs. He came back again 5 dead bugs. I called him to come back today and the warranty will be over. I do not feel he ever got rid of the bugs. What should I do? Thank You Lynn Stephens

    Kristiana Kripena

    You can try contacting the exterminator’s superiors if you have doubts about their work. Or, you can also ask for a second opinion from another pest control company. Some even do free pest inspections.


    Hi I wasn’t informed that I shouldn’t spray after treatment because it might confuse them. Should I ask him to come back? It just happened today. I was trying to kill the ones I saw but couldn’t reach


    We suggest you contact the exterminator for the advice. Make sure you tell them what products you used, the areas you used them in, etc. The spray might have interfered with the treatment but it’s hard to say for sure without knowing what treatment was used by the professionals. Companies are usually educated and will know how their treatments interact with other products.


    Hi! I’m wanting to eliminate roaches for good. Is this possible to completely get rid of them? We had our monthly exterminator spray a few weeks ago and had them come back to do an inspection as well as spray the exterior and interiors of the house because my husband and I have have seen big roaches and one small one. A total of 6 throughout these past weeks. Does this mean we have an infestation? I asked our guy and he said he believes we don’t, that he just thinks they are coming in from outside. We believe they have been coming from outside too because we found a huge crack in two of our doors and got them fixed. I am worried that i have seen a few within a few weeks. I don’t want to see a single one. He also said he doesnt feel we need to bait the cabinets. Should I have another guy come in to inspect? ⁹


    Getting a second opinion is never a bad idea. However, it isn’t always necessary. It’s hard to say whether your home infested or they’re really just coming from the outside. We suggest trusting your expert waiting for a little while to see if there will be any new ones in your home. Also, make sure to seal off ALL the cracks and crevices around your home, or else they might just find some new ones. Also, if you do end up needing another extermination (because it’s always a possibility), that will make the chance of another extermination smaller.
    As for whether or not it’s possible to get rid of them completely, it depends. Yes, it’s possible to get rid of them. And yes, it’s possible to take preventative measures in the future, which will actually make the risk smaller. Still, nothing will ever give you a 100% guarantee of never having to see them again!


Keep your laundry delicates in ziplock bags. Keep an open box of baking soda in the fridge for easy access to “bomb” them so they take it back home when eaten. It’s fatal. The ascorbic acid works well between the sink and stove and behind the fridge. Use products to get rid of the humidity. Watch for fragrances of home aroma products! The scent is what they are attracted to.


I am a landlord and have a three unit house. 1 bedroom and efficiency both downstairs, 2 bedroom upstairs. upstairs apartment was infested with roaches, exterminator sprayed about a week ago and killed a lot of roaches. I am evicting the tenant at the end of the month, (august). I plan on having the exterminator come back after the apartment is empty, at the end of the month. My question is how soon do you think I would be able to rent the apartment again after spraying the second time, without anyone else having to deal with the roaches?


    This is a question that should be asked the exterminator, who knows the methods and products that will be used, as well as their efficiency and possible hazards.


    I live in an apartment, Both apartments below and above me are vacant and have been for sometime. Suddenly I have a roach infestation! Normally would be a big deal but my son is allergic and to German cockroaches which are what I’ve had. I let off 4 Fogger (Apartments recommended) The next day I cleaned and put down boric acid. The next night I see tons more babies and parents. So i assume nothing is working. What else can I do?!. I can’t live there because my son is allergic highly.


    First of all, you should contact your landlord on this matter. At for the roaches, you can try reading this article to see what your options are. However, since the general infestations are likely to be taking place in places other than your apartment (e.g. the walls, empty apartments, etc), I can’t guarantee you’ll have much luck. My general suggestion would be getting in contact with your landlord, and exterminatiors.


Hi. I searched this topic and found your article. 🙂 We were having a fluctuating issue with the smoky brown cockroach (I am in Texas), and finally decided enough was enough and had an exterminator treat the house, inside and out, about two months ago. After a month we were continuing to see a few adults, but mostly nymphs; about one or two a day. We called and had them come out again. They treated additional areas around the house, again inside and out. I have read that the egg sac can take up to 45 days to hatch so I was hoping that these were just the last remaining since the treatment. But here we are, now 60 days and I feel like I am seeing more nymphs than ever. No adults, just nymphs. Daily, and sometimes several at once. And now they are in all parts of the house, where as the adults had been pretty limited to just a few areas. Do you think there is a reason why we would suddenly be seeing them in such numbers? Is it likely there is an area of the house that got missed? Thanks. J


    The fact that you’re seeing no adults is a good thing. Normally, the nymphs should die sometime rather soon after the hatching due to coming in contact with the poison left behind by the exterminators. Is there a chance you did a deep cleaning too soon afterward? Also, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to contact the exterminator once more. Perhaps they should do another treatment. However, there is also a possibility that the nymphs are still about to die.


We just had an exterminator come to the house last week to spray for roaches and set mosquito traps in our yard ($400 it cost us!!!). We moved into our rental house a few months ago and I had seen a few baby roaches in our shower and one huge American roach on our kitchen floor. I have a phobia of roaches so even seeing one roach is one roach too many. Anyway, now I am scarred for life because today I went to open the toothbrush drawer in the bathroom to brush my teeth and there was a huge roach ON MY TOOTHBRUSH!! Also, I saw another baby roach in the shower. I want to move out at this point or burn this place down because I just CANNOT with these roaches. I am terrified to go into the bathroom! I went to Lowes tonight and bought roach baits, roach motels and boric acid and I’m going to call the exterminator again tomorrow. I don’t feel like anything was done to help the problem. Help!!!!


    As the article explains, it’s normal to see roaches and baby cockroaches even weeks after the treatment. However, contacting your exterminator again as well as using baits to catch the stray roaches is a really good idea. We also have an article on getting rid of cockroaches that might be of interest to you and provide you with some additional ideas on how to manage the infestation.


A house across the street was sprayed for roaches a few weeks ago. Shortly after that we began to see some show up here in our house. We’ve never had roaches. How long can they travel?


    Generally speaking, there are two possible causes for your problem. There’s a possibility you’re also having an infestation which has likely been going on for a while but simply gotten larger therefore causing the roaches to show up in visible areas (since the roaches are more likely to stay hidden in areas where they won’t be disturbed, they might crawl out of their hiding places once it gets too crowded). On this occasion, it might just be a matter of hiding. The second possibility might be that your neighbors spraying their property might have caused the roaches to seek another refuge. Either way, we suggest dealing with the problem. If you want to try doing it on your own, read our article on dealing with the problem. You can also hire professional exterminators.


    I been dealing with these things at my place over a year of me living here. They stopped spraying monthly after the first 3 months I was living here. It’s gotten so bad, no matter how clean I keep it I saw an abundance. (I have 2 young kids who make terrible messes and live in a prime area for them to live in as well as many areas needing to be sealed up which I have brought to attention but they haven’t attempted to do so). I bought some professional grade stuff for my place and to treat the new place before I move in. I even bombed which i dodnt know was a bad idea. I re spray here and there. I am now seeing fewer adults and more of the various nymph stages. I got rid of all the cardboard boxes and I am just goping that they dont come among when I move. My entertainment center is wood and I’m afraid between that and my electronics they will still come with. I have some video game consoles and internet box which are their favorite items, a large TV, and some DVD players I haven’t used in a while. What would be the best way to treat the elecronics?


    You should read this article. It has lots of info that you might find helpful in your battle with these bugs.


We had seen a few roaches and had a treatment done in our kitchen. 2 weeks later I was still killing 5 or so a day. So they did another treatment. Then 3 weeks later we were still seeing adults (1 every other day or so). So we had them come out and treat a 3rd time. Now I am a month+ out from the 3rd treatment in which the exterminator said they didn’t have any bugs come out during the flushing. But I am still killing an adult every couple days in my kitchen. Does it take months to get rid of them? I asked them to treat under the house, but they swore the cochroaches could not be coming in from that point, is that true? We do have a water access line that the city owns and a creek that run beside our house.


    Sounds like they might be coming from a different spot that hasn’t yet been treated. It is normal for the young roaches to roam around for a while after the treatment, however, sounds like it’s been a while since the first one, as well as the last one. Obviously, it is possible that the roaches are still going to die, yet, the reason why they haven’t already, might be that the place where they come from hasn’t been treated.

    If the professionals inspected the spot in person, they should be competent to determine whether on not roaches can use the said place as an entry point. However, some roaches can actually use plumbing pipes to get in, so, if you have any openings in the floor related to these pipes, that might be how the roaches get in.

    It’s hard to tell. However, it’s probably a good idea to at least investigate the floor as a possible entry point.


    Hi I’ve been having a terrible roach infestation for about 2 years possibly more the last two times they fumigated it didn’t do nothing they didn’t go away it’s gotten bad they are on everything always on the door hinges tons in the restroom even when there’s no running or left over water in the carpet on the door on the ceilings everywhere I find them I can’t seem to get rid of them I’m at my wits end I’m planning on doing another fumigation but I worry it will be ineffective again plus it’s hard because I have 2 young children who are very messy and make it even more difficult to keep clean

Susan E Rizzi

no one has asked about pets after spraying. i have professionals comming monday 2 dogs one cat. how can i keep them safe after spraying?


    This is something that should be discussed with exterminators. The safety measurements depend on the products that are being used.


I just moved into an apartment that was vacant for a long time. I’ve seen a few big adult roaches each week, so I finally had an exterminator come in to treat the place. I was away for about a week after that, but in the week since I’ve been back I just got another adult roach, who looked like he was walking slower than usual, possibly poisoned. I assume this is a good sign? Why am I only seeing adult roaches ? After what time period, if I still see roaches, do I have to have the exterminator come back? Thanks so much for your help!


    Yes, if the roaches are slower, it’s likely due to them being poisoned, which is a good sign. We suggest giving it two weeks before calling the exterminators again. Seeing the roaches up to two weeks after the treatment is completely normal.


I moved in a place that I seen a few roaches. I hate them so I didn’t totally move in. The owner had the exterminator treat twice nothing happened. They are everywhere! There’s no food but they still appear on the ceiling in the refrigerator and dishwasher. I mean everywhere. So I had my brother spray something he’s been using at other family members homes and it worked for them. I bombed twice my son put boric acid down and I’m seeing fewer but I want them gone! If I get rid of them and they run somewhere will they come back? I can’t take it!


    Are you renting an apartment or a whole house? I assume you’re talking about an apartment, in which case the infestation is probably within the whole building rather than just your apartment. In this case, the whole building should be treated or else it won’t do much good. Meanwhile, you can seal all the possible entry points to somewhat deal with the problem, as well as read our article about getting rid of roaches.
    As for the extermination being done, how long has it been since the exterminators visited you? Sometimes it takes some time for the treatment to show results. Also, did you make sure not to use any other treatments on your own afterward, for an appropriate amount of time? That might interfere with the initial treatment. The same goes for deep cleaning.


Hello i just moved into an apartment…well i guess you can say move on …I refuse to move my stuff in….but anyway….I just moved in and when I did my walk thru I noticed roaches dead and alive all in the side paneling of the bathroom door ,,,one on the ceiling in the hallway by the bathroom…..I also saw a couple by my cabinets and when I opened the refrigerator it was like 2 crawling in there and 1 dead in the freezer………..I’m freaking out and I don’t know what to do!!!! I have little toddlers and I’m terrified of roaches ……..the neighbor next door was being nosey and told me she had roaches but they weren’t bad ……the landlord said he was going to have them spray in the next 2 days but spraying one time won’t solve the issue ..:I think it’s an infestation…what do I do????


    Sounds like the building really is infested. In which case extermination is required. We suggest calling professional exterminators to do an inspection an deal with the problem. Meanwhile, we suggest reading our article about getting rid of roaches for some tips on how to ease the problem within your own living space to at least some extent.


I have been visited twice by exterminator to treat roaches in my kitchen. Still after two weeks I’ve seen bigger roaches still coming out moving fast in my counter. I didn’t know I shouldn’t clean or use any spray. To kill it . But , I can’t take seeing roaches from the counter crawling so I sprayed. It seems like it’s coming from the behind the counter that houses the dishwasher and stove. Would it be a good idea to ask building manager to move these items to see the area where the bugs were coming from. Or should I just call another pest control company for second opinion? I’m so worried because my family loves to cook and we don’t love take outs. Please give me good advice.


    You can try by contacting the same exterminator for a follow-up. Some companies will do them for free if the roaches aren’t gone. You can also call another company if you so wish. Just keep in mind not to do anything on your own after the treatment, unless you’ve been approved by your professionals.


We just moved into a new apartment and there is a big infestation in the outside area of the apartment/in the community. Mostly they are oriental roaches and some american roaches. At night it is so bad that you need to watch your step. During the day you see nothing. We saw two adult oriental roaches in our home the first two days of living here. One was right next to the door, the other in the kitchen. After that they have sprayed the entire exterior right next to our apartment. 4 days after spraying we are seeing baby roaches inside. One during the day in our office, the other two in the evening yesterday and today closer to the main door. What are the chances that the roaches are just coming in from outside? luckily the management was cooperative and we will be released from the lease without penalty, but have to stay until the end of August so we have time to find a new place. We are worried that the bay roaches will crawl into our stuff and we take them with us. Is this very likely to happen? We read all about not packing in cardboard boxes and so on, but are very worried. Tomorrow an exterminator is coming in as well to inspect the place.


    After having a treatment, it’s normal to see baby roaches for a while. It usually takes time for the treatment to eliminate all the roaches.
    As for moving the roaches with you, yes, it’s possible. Make sure to check everything before packing it. Vacuum it, wash it, etc. Shake the electronics.


My wife and I live in Minnesota, purchased a home, which then we found to have cockroaches as we were moving in. Called a local exterminator, and he told me that it was a fairly severe infestation. We are refraining from moving any more items into the house, and are not living there. I know they do not naturally occur outside in Minnesota, and were most likely brought in by the previous owner. My questions are, since it is summer time, will the roaches be pushed outside from the treatments, and then return when the weather cools? How likely is it that all of them would be completely erradicated, and I will never have to deal with these things again? Two full treatments have been done, and will have 2 follow ups in the upcoming weeks. They are recommending that I have several more follow ups afterwards spanning as far as 6 months, which I will. My wife and I are concerned as to whether this may be years long battle, and having to fork over extra money to keep them at bay. Thank you.


    Fortunately, it’s very likely your cockroach problem will be completely eliminated. That, however, doesn’t mean you’re absolutely never going to get a new infestation. As a matter of fact, there is no bullet-proof way to ensure that. But your chances seem pretty good.


I lived in an apartment where the entire building was infested with German roaches. The infestation was so severe I would see them everywhere and in broad day light: in cabinets, on the floor, crawling inside the computer printer, sitting on top of books, etc. I moved into a new house but I assumed that no matter how hard I tried (Shaming everything out, bagging things, deep cleaning every item before packing) some would come with me, which is what happened. I would see about two every night in the new house. This time I called an exterminator. They performed a treatment all over the inside of the house three weeks ago. Since that time, I haven’t found a single dead roach but I have seen about one live one most nights, usually very late, Sometimes nymphs, sometimes adults. The last adult I saw was a few day’s ago, which I killed. Two days went by without seeing anything and then I found a nymph last night. This is very concerning to me because three weeks have now gone by since the treatment and according to your article, nymphs should usually be dead in two weeks. The exterminator hasn’t returned yet to do the second treatment phase of bait traps. What do you suggest? Was the first treatment ineffective?


    We suggest letting the professionals do their job and not stressing about it until the job is done completely. Also, you should be asking these questions to them, as they’re aware of what exactly they’re using and what the exact effects should you be expecting.


I found one live German roach on my counter in the kitchen. I immediately called a pest control professional. They came out laid some sticky traps and sprayed. A couple weeks later I found a dead one in the counter top. A week later I found a live one on its back on the floor. I had them come out again and lay more traps. They also sprayed. The traps have been empty. I haven’t seen anymore. They said I wasn’t infested. Can that be true? Does it sound like they are gone?


    Yes, it’s possible you have no more infestation going on.

G. S

We purchased a house in July 2019 about 2 weeks after moving in we noticed a lot of cockroaches outside first night we saw at least 10. We had the grounds sprayed. about 3 months later we started noticing them come back we had a spraying done again. We’ve now just hit over a year of living here and we’ve ad the exterminator here 4 times. I just saw a dead roach outside, how often should I be spraying outside we don’t have any fruit trees, garden beds. We have a hedge and gardenias as the only plants our backyard is mostly concrete with a pool and super clean. I am so frustrated that the previous owner said they never saw a roach.


    Give this article a try. As for how often you should spray, it depends. Though, it would be great if you found the cause of your infestations, if possible. Also, it’s very curious that you’re dealing with this problem on such a scale while the previous owner never met with the said issue. If the previous owner is telling the truth then it might be truly beneficial to analyze what’s changed in the way the property is being treated in general, so perhaps that might also give you a way to deal with the situation.


I just moved into a house and I had an exterminator come. It’s been a week and have seen a bunch of dead roaches on the counter and floor. I clean them up and throw them out then immediately take the trash out. I know there was an infestation. should i be concerned about the air quality of my home because of the dead roaches that were hidden behind the appliances?


    You can try airing out your property more frequently. Also, after checking in with your specialists (to make sure you’re not doing it too soon), properly clean the spots fo get rid of their saliva, feces, and body parts, as they might cause some problems to people who suffer from asthma and allergies. Other than that you should be fine.


I just recently moved into a new apartment and found 2 nymphs and 1 adult. My landlord had the apartment immediately sprayed. A week later I found one baby (the size of rice) alive. No others, alive or dead. My wife has an extreme phobia and has been staying elsewhere during this time. The exterminator will be back soon to spray again, but I am trying to gauge if I indeed have a problem or if there isn’t anything to worry about. My wife will leave all of our items here and start over elsewhere if any ever pop back up, so this baby one is quite the devastating find.


    It’s normal to see some roaches a week after the treatment, so you shouldn’t be too worried for now. Especially, if the exterminator is coming back for a check-up. Your landlord also seems to be concerned with solving the issue. Give it some time, trust your professionals, and you should be fine.


I’m moving unto a house that I am renting. I am in the process of cleaning. I have been there at night a few times. I’ve moved the fridge, the stove, looked in the basement, etc. and not seen a roach. I have found a couple of very old, crumbling egg sacks. And also what looks like roach poop that is still soft. Is it possible to have roaches and not see any, even at night?


    Yes, generally roaches will avoid confronting you, if possible. If you’re seeing other signs of their presence, you’re likely to be dealing with an infestation.

David W Moody

I hired an exterminator to combat German cockroaches. Now the nextdoor neighbor says I’m responsible for the cockroaches in her house now and wants me to pay for an exterminator for her house. Am I responsible for her problem ?


    It’s possible the roaches might move to another house as the infestation gets worse, though, we doubt it’s due to the extermination. It’s also hard to say whether you’re responsible. While the infestation might have technically started at your place, it might as well not have. They might have even had them before you. There are a number of things that can cause an infestation.


I moved into a house that was infested with cockroaches got the house sprayed 12 days later they were inside crawling everywhere daytime nighttime it was bad I asked for another spray which they did then 3 weeks later a bait treatment took about a month but slowly slowed down seeing then somedays not at all never went more then 4 days without seeing at least one now it’s been 2 months and I seem to be seeing one at least every night ranging in size. The pest company said the funds paid was 3 treatments I read that it should be 1 spray 2 bait but because I asked for the second spray they did not do the second bait…. I did not know that when I asked and he did not say anything either.
So could i still be seeing them because the second bait was not done? Because I will pay for the second bait if this will actually do something


    It’s hard to say for sure whether that’s going to solve the issue or not. Though, it does seem a bit strange that a company didn’t disclose with you how the price is being made, as it’s not something you could or should know, then refused to do the baiting cause you had used your baiting times on extra spraying without any warning. Many companies actually have a policy of making sure you have no pests once they’re done, doing additional treatments without additional charge if the infestation hasn’t been dealt with. Perhaps you should look into hiring a different company, just make sure to check what their policy is.

Bob.... Again

The exterminator has sprayed for a second time, however, a week later, I am now covered with babies. Should I worry about the exterminator and get a second opinion or hang tight a little longer? This is such a nightmare.


    Yes, seeing baby roaches is normal. You should give it some more time, as extermination takes time. Remember not to do any deep cleaning or any other treatments for now, as that might interfere with the treatment.


We’ve been having quarterly treatments (3 so far) since I saw Germans in my ovens LED panel. SKEEVY! Anyway, The exterminator thought it odd that he could find no roaches congregating behind the fridge, under the stove, etc. He said if we’re seeing them, he should see evidence of large groups behind and under these appliances. So I thought we were lucky to catch this early. Now, every time he treats, (using a spray… a spritz here, a spritz there) we have more activity soon evident. I know it’s normal. Anyway, here we are ready for treatment 4 and I’ve done a LOT of research, even finding a study from an entomologist, who strongly recommended Advion and Max Force as well as two others, stating that German Roaches tend to be immune to the pesticide used in professional treatments. Now.. I am not saying I agree or disagree with that. But what she states is that using one of these brand baits would show very noticeable results within 24-48 hours. And then to bait again in a month with a different brand, to insure the roaches won’t be adverse to eating it.
So we decided to do this tonight.
We went about applying bait, in appropriate amounts, and we noticed that STILL there are no roaches congregating behind and under appliances. So, here’s what really upsets me. About 20 minutes after I put down the last drop…. I was sickened as all of a sudden there were at least 30 of the nymphal buggers on the outside of one cabinet, on the floor, etc. NEVER have I seen so many, even after pro treatments. And NEVER has the activity increased so QUICKLY after any treatment. And now it’s been several hours and still… they’re everywhere!
What’s up? Is that normal after bait? AND, why are we not finding colonies of these skeevy things anywhere? We do know, absolutely, that they are Germans.

I also am wondering about something I can’t find anywhere. My Yorkipoo likes to go after these damn things. I do have to work and can’t keep her from eating roaches when I’m not home. Will a poisoned roach harm my dog if she eats it?

Thank you so much, in advance, for your reply.


    While the spots mentioned by the exterminator are likely to be preferred by the roaches, it’s also possible not to find any signs there, with roaches nesting in different areas of the house.

    Also, how long after the professional treatment did you do this? Considering you only saw nymphs, it’s possible the initial treatment had worked, and these individuals were still in their egg stages when the treatment was done. In this case, they’d probably be very hungry, and happy to eat anything, which could be the reason for such high activity.

    As for your dog, usually, this wouldn’t be a problem, as the amount is too small, and it shouldn’t get worse than an upset stomach. Still, we suggest checking the label of the specific product you’re using, and perhaps ask your vet as well.


i live in a basement apartment of a house split into 4 apartments (one on each side of the house +basement) with 4 roommates. We begged our landlord for two years to fix the roach problem in the apartment, primarily in the kitchen and living room with some popping up in rooms once in a while. She is spraying the house herself because she said the exterminator wouldn’t come right now and gave her instructions on how to use his equipment but she is only spraying in the kitchen and I HIGHLY question her capability since she’s overall a terrible and unknowledgable landlord. We share a wall and a ceiling with two different apartments and the kitchen is on the shared wall. It makes no sense to me how only spraying the kitchen would be affective. Should I call an exterminator on my own and have it done myself?


    Sounds like calling an exterminator yourself might not be a bad idea.


Hi, so I have been living in my apartment building for about 3 years now. Recently there has been a lot of roach activity in the building. I have informed the superintendent multiple times within the past year. I keep my unit fairly clean as I have a 7 month old.

The superintendent has had an exterminator in four or five times now. The first time the exterminator had sprayed, they did the entire building (7 floors) in a 3 day span. Now every 2 or three months i have to file for another exterminator inspection with my superinendant, because the roaches just keep coming back.

Is there anything that can be done? I know for a fact that they don’t spray every unit in the building, only the ones that have any roach activity. I am at wits end. HELP!!


    Hello! Since roaches are quick to spread to nearby units, we’d guess the exterminators didn’t get them all. When dealing with roaches, it’s important to eliminate the infestation completely, or else the roaches left will reproduce and you’ll be back where you started.

Melinda H

I am so confused, please help! I live in an apartment building with 8 apartments, I have lived here 5 years – never had roaches, I’m a clean freak like Monk from the show, anyway, my neighbor, who moved in last year, is filthy and leaves her garbage outside her door, so I started noticing a roach or 2 in my kitchen, but it was just in time for pest control inspections. Pest control comes, I tell him, then he tells me my neighbor’s is SO horrible with roaches and her apartment is a garbage dump – I’m about to die in front of him. He puts gel bait out, but then that night all hell breaks out, adult (German) and babies everywhere day and night – I know this is normal because of the bait, but it’s been 6 days and it’s NOT getting better maybe worse (like 20 a day), I’m scared to even go in my kitchen not to mention my 2 boys are screaming all the time – when I see them, adults or babies, should I kill them or let them go back to the nest? But see even as I’m cooking they’re coming out all over I can’t live like this, the pest control is coming back in 2 weeks for her place and my place, I thought the bait was suppose to help dramatically in about 48 hours. Oh, plus, I did not deep clean since treatment, even though I’m dying too!!!


    Give it some time and let the baits do their job. Also, don’t kill the roaches you’re seeing, as gel baits are formulated for the roaches to live long enough to take it back to the nest, therefore poisoning the roaches there as well. As for how long it takes for the roaches to disappear, it depends. If this is bothering you a lot, you can contact the pest control company, perhaps they have some other treatment options that wouldn’t require you to see as many roaches.


Hi, so I’ve had an issue within the past month I would say where I found a cockroach behind my dog’s food bowls. When I shined a lot on the floor, there were tiny little bugs (I’m assuming babies) and they were almost see-through like or white. I let a bunch of them go because I was panicking and was searching for some Raid spray. I was able to kill the rest. I went out and bought more Raid and roach traps. I cleaned the house out, especially the kitchen, before placing the traps and spraying. I believe this happened because my boyfriend kept bringing over his video game console to my house and it had roaches in there (this is just what he and I are thinking). He has not brought the console over in over a month. Now every time he comes over, I’m constantly checking his clothes and pockets and I’ve been putting his bags in garbage bags to suffocate any possible roaches and so far there has been nothing in his bags. I feel so bad doing that to his stuff because I feel that I’m humiliating him. Anyways, weeks keep going by and it’s like every week I keep finding either one or 2 roaches. This morning, I was washing dishes and a roach came out from behind the blender on my counter and it was a bit fast but I was able to spray it. The sun was just starting to come up, which is weird since it was nighttime. Is this possible because of all the spray I recently sprayed and all of the traps I set? What does it mean if I only see one or 2 every week?


    Sounds like you might have an infestation going on. Seeing one or two roaches every week is enough to assume there’s a lot more. We suggest carefully inspecting the place, perhaps even getting a professional to make an inspection.
    As for your boyfriend, while he might have been the initial cause, it can not be known for sure. It’s very likely you already had an infestation going on before then, you just simply didn’t know about it because roaches are good at hiding themselves. Also, putting your boyfriend’s things in garbage bags sounds a bit extensive and not very likely to be effective. Also, if he’s having a roach problem at his home as well, he should deal with it ASAP.

Gavin ermine

Could we keep are rent money for the month due too cockroaches and had we had the first extermination and were out of the house for 2 days
And the landlord still has the damage deposit
We are a family of 2 adults 5 children just wanna hear other ppls opinions and should we move out


Last week I saw a medium sized roach on my kitchen counter . I didn’t have anything to kill it with so i drowned it in Lysol . Well i then saw some baby ones . So i immediately got scared because i know they have a trillion babies . The exterminator came out and sprayed Tuesday and it’s Thursday since I’ve seen 2 a baby one and a small one. I’m freaking out i literally thought since he came they would be gone . I’ve only seen them in the kitchen thank God but I’m scared they will travel !! I thought the point of the exterminator was for them to be gone ! The exterminator will be back Tuesday but that seems so far !!! I’m so scared to cook because i think I’ll see one !! How many sprays does it typically take


    It can take some time for the roaches to be gone after the extermination. Unfortunately, it’s not something that happens immediately. As we have explained in this article, seeing baby roaches is perfectly normal.


I live in a 3 bedroom house with a basement. Last year my daughter and her boyfriend moved in, and brought German roaches. They didn’t realize they tagged along in the cable box. I rarely saw bugs, if i did it was never an adult, and killed those I saw. Finally last week I had had enough when I saw an American roach on my bedroom wall. Exterminator came out and did his thing. While spring cleaning this weekend, I moved fridge and saw dozens of dead roaches. Then I saw adult ones still alive in the motor of the fridge. Now, im seeing them in places they never were, or at least I never saw them in before the treatment. I also saw a glue trap under the stove full of bugs. I wanted to get the ones put of the motor, but didnt want to ruin what the exterminator had done. My questions are this:

How to I make sure at the end of all the treatments, 7 in all, the electronics will be bug free (im waiting to buy a new microwave until its safe)? Shouldn’t the exterminator have vacuumed the fridge motor to get rid of the adult bugs there? And why am I seeing them everywhere now, day and night, and adult ones at that, that I never saw before. They aren’t sluggish either, they are still fast little buggers and adults at that. I dont want company coming over because I don’t want them to see any. One was even crawling on my daughter in her bed the other day.



    Since the treatment was very recent, you should give it more time. The fact that you’re seeing them in daylight, which is rather unusual for roaches, is actually a good sign. You can use your vacuum to get rid of the roaches that are getting in your way. With time, you should start seeing less of them. If that doesn’t happen, you should contact your exterminator.


Anytime I have ever lived in an apartment building with lots of neighbors there has been roaches. The landlord gets local exterminator in and they fog only my apartment even after I tell them I have allergies and asthma. They insist on this treatment but what do you know roaches come back after a month even in my clean apartment. I have taken every percaution like not leaving food or providing accesss to water. I even put down a bunch of diatomaceous earth everywhere I can think. I tried to tell landlord the roaches have to be travelling from other suites but they just ignore me and only treat my apartment. The exterminator even says my apartment is very well kept. How can I convince the landlord to inspect other suites and stop making me sick with fog treatments.

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