What Bombs Work on Roaches?

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The Environmental Protection Agency warns that bug bombs are flammable and explosive.
The Environmental Protection Agency warns that bug bombs are flammable and explosive. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Popular belief holds that roaches will survive the nuclear apocalypse. If they won’t be killed with nukes, which bombs will work on roaches? Certainly, they’re too light to trip landmines. Look no further than a handful of weapons manufacturers that produce bombs made specifically for the decimation of roach populations. These bombs, known colloquially as bug bombs and officially as total release foggers, are packed with pesticides and infused with an aerosol component for fumigation.

Raid

Raid Max Deep Reach Concentrate Fogger leaves little to the imagination. It is purported to penetrate deep for more effective roach killing. The bomb blows on a timer so that it can be set to go off when humans and pets are out of the house. One Raid Max Fogger is sufficient to fumigate a room up to 875 square feet. In order for the bomb to be fully effective, all cabinets, cupboards, drawers, closets, and doors should be opened and exposed foods, dishes, utensils, and food processing equipment should be removed or covered. The bomb is designed to work on 22 species, including roaches, spiders, wasps, ants, houseflies, and the rice weevil.

Doktor Doom

Doktor Doom is a bug bomb manufacturer presumably named after the Marvel Comics super villain Dr. Doom. The company’s high-pressure fumigator, or bug bomb, is designed to eradicate ticks, fleas, spiders, ants, mosquitoes, flies, and cockroaches. Doktor Doom fumigators are available in three sizes. The 2.5-ounce mini fumigator is good for spaces as large as 100 square feet. The 5.3-ounce total release fumigator is good for spaces as large as 225 square feet. The 14-ounce high-pressure fumigator is good for spaces as large as 625 square feet.

BASF

BASF produces natural and chemically based insect sprays and bombs for home, garden, commercial, and commercial kitchen use. The company’s Pyreth-It time-release bug bomb is designed to kill over 40 species of insects, including cockroaches. Pyrethrum denotes a substance made from dried flower heads of pyrethrum plants. Pyrethrum plants are those of a genus, Pyrethrum, that is no longer used in taxonomical nomenclature. Plants of the antiquated genus now belong to the Chrysanthemum or Tanacetum genus. Most insecticides of this type are made from the painted daisy, Tanacetum coccineum.

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