i have been seeing german cockroaches in my rv. We use this every month or to travel around the country and I guess we picked them up from one of our stops. it’s been hot here this summer and I know a couple of the camp sites we stopped at had ants so I guess they could have had german cockroaches too. What can i use inside that will take care of this infestation? if i spray, don’t i have to remove everything first? This will be a lot of work so I’m hoping there is some other option.
German cockroaches can be persistent as explained in our GERMAN COCKROACH CONTROL ARTICLE. The good news is that we now have several products that work well at controlling this pest and it’s really just a matter of what you want to do: spray or bait.
Personally, I’d recommend the baiting process when treating an RV. It’s both easier and less time consuming. More importantly, it seems to work just as well when done properly compared to spraying.
If you set out some MAXFORCE MAGNUM GEL and ADVION ROACH GEL, any german cockroaches in the area will surely find your offering and start to feed on it. Expect these roaches to die in a day. Over the next 2-5 weeks, more will hatch out of egg sacks that have undoubtedly been planted so expect to see them for the next two months. As these young ones mature they’ll actively feed and die so if you keep the bait fresh and unspoiled, you should be able to control this population in less than 2 months time.
One of the great benefits of using the bait is that you really don’t have to do much preparation. It can be applied with most everything left in place so the amount of effort needed to control the problem will be minimal compared to spraying. And as our article explains, roaches will seek out your bait which leads to their death. When it comes to spraying, they typically will avoid the spray so you have to be very thorough and cover everything if you treat that way. With the bait, it’s not nearly as important and yet you still can take care of the problem.