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Sarah from Honolulu, Hi writes

What spray can I use to get rid of brown banded roaches?

We are living in Hawaii and it is now the rainy season. We had Ecolab come spray our home a little over 2 weeks ago, and now we have spotted a roach on our kitchen floor near the sink. I am pregnant and am worried about using pesticides, but I can have my husband do it and we can leave our home for the day. I don't want these things coming inside. We also have an ant problem here, but I am much more comfortable with ants than roaches.

Answer:

Bifen IT is a very good general insecticide that can be used indoors and outdoors for roach and ant control. You will mix 1 fl. oz. per gallon of water. We would recommend spraying when it is not raining and will not be raining for at least 6 hours. We would also recommend using Gentrol IGR (insect growth regulator) to stop the roaches from reproducing. Once the product is dry, it is safe for you to return into the home/room where the products were sprayed. This could take 2-3 hours so you do not have to leave for the day.

Answer last updated on: 10/08/2014

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