Roach Exterminator in Waco, TX

Seeing cockroaches in your home can feel unsettling. Unfortunately, roaches are extremely resilient creatures and highly adapted to living among humans, making eliminating them a near-impossible task without professional help. When choosing an effective cockroach exterminator in Waco, homeowners turn to ABC Home & Commercial Services for long-lasting results.

an ABC pest control specialist performing an inspection for a homeowner’s cockroach problem

We most commonly come across two species of roaches in and around our homes in the Waco area: German cockroaches and American cockroaches. Our experienced technicians will first confirm the species of cockroach on your property, as each type requires different approaches for long-term control.

a German cockroach on a leaf

German Cockroach

German cockroaches are the smaller of the two species and also the most common to invade homes. ABC uses a two-step approach to eliminate these pests. First, our trained technicians apply a non-repellant pesticide product in areas where these pests commonly travel which halts the reproductive cycle. When German roaches travel through the pesticide, they unknowingly bring the product back to the nest and spread it to other roaches. To eliminate adult roaches, our technicians place bait stations in common problem areas.

In order for the bait to be effective, German cockroaches can’t have access to any other food source. This means homeowners must be diligent about cleaning during the course of treatment. We ask customers to seal all food in airtight containers, regularly empty the trash into bins outdoors, mop floors when needed, wipe down counters, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher shortly after use and clear away any clutter. With German cockroaches, multiple treatments are usually recommended because these pests are prolific breeders and, like other roaches, are capable of surviving off nearly any organic matter. In between treatments, homeowners should stay on top of their cleaning schedule for optimal results.

an American cockroach crawling up a wall

American Cockroach

American cockroaches are much bigger than their German counterparts, which is one reason discovering them in your home can be an unwelcome surprise. Unlike German roaches, American roaches are less likely to invade your home and more commonly found around your home’s perimeter. That said, American roaches can accidentally find their way inside our homes through doors & small cracks and crevices.

Prevention is the key to keep American roaches in their natural habitat. Your ABC specialist will likely use a repellant to keep these creatures outside. In addition to treating weep holes, the specialist might also recommend physical changes to your home – repairs to the threshold under doors or weather-stripping around doors, for example.

With either species of roach, you’ll want to eliminate excess moisture around your home and yard and maintain a clean home to provide fewer spots for these pests to live and nest. ABC recommends ongoing treatments and monitoring to keep roach populations down, as well as to keep many other common pests from invading your living spaces.

The ABC Process

1 - contact us
1. Contact ABC

When you contact us, we will schedule an inspection to get an understanding of the problem. In some cases, we can give you a quote over the phone.

2 - estimate calculator
2. Get An Estimate

If you have an inspection, we will send you a custom treatment plan and estimate afterward. Once we get your approval, we will schedule your treatment.

a roach
3. Treatment

We will come to your property and treat for pests in common hiding and nesting areas. Over time, you will start seeing less and less pest activity.

belton pool service step 4
4. Prevention

Customers with our ongoing pest management services will receive periodic retreatments to prevent the return of the most common pests in our area.

We understand most homeowners want a professional treating their home quickly after discovering a roach problem. If you have recently spotted a roach or suspect you might have an infestation, reach out to us by scheduling an appointment online or contacting us by phone or chat, and we will do everything we can to get your services started as quickly as possible.

When you contact us, we may be able to give you a free estimate right away but also may recommend scheduling a free inspection of your property to give us a better understanding of your particular problem. During this in-person visit, one of our highly trained pest control professionals will:

At the end of the inspection, we will create a customized treatment plan for your property that is tailored to your specific infestation and any factors that make you more vulnerable to a pest problem. Upon your approval of our estimate, we will schedule your first service call.

an ABC specialist speaking with a new customer

Get Started

We offer a full range of pest control services.

As a family-run business, ABC’s top priority is your family. With decades of experience and certified entomologists on staff, ABC has developed an effective protocol for targeting, treating and preventing pest infestations on both residential and commercial properties.

Part of the reason our customers choose us is that they can feel safe with our technicians on their property, as they are all drug tested and checked for criminal history prior to joining ABC. In addition, all of our employees go through an extensive in-house training program to learn everything they need to know about these pests, their life cycles and their habits in order to provide you with the best service possible. Finally, we treat your home as if it was our own, so you can always expect our technicians to be courteous, thorough and respectful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some warning signs that might indicate I have a roach infestation?

While spotting a cockroach is the most common sign of an infestation, these pests are nocturnal and prefer to avoid human interaction so you may notice signs of a roach problem before actually seeing one of these creatures.

Several other signs of an infestation in your home include:

  • An unusual, musty smell
  • Cockroach droppings that look like coffee grounds
  • Smear marks along walls, floor junctions or other places where roaches commonly travel
  • Shed cockroach skins that are about the size and shape of an adult roach
  • Cockroach egg casings, which will be long, cylindrical and yellow

When looking for signs of cockroaches, keep in mind that these pests prefer warmth and moisture. Focus on bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, drains and any other areas of your home that are in close proximity to water.

Can't I just get rid of cockroaches myself?

While there are a variety of cockroach treatment options available at the store, many of our customers find these products ineffective. Handling an infestation can easily become a time-consuming, seemingly never-ending task. Cockroaches are resilient and prolific breeders, with some females laying 10,000 eggs in a single year. In addition, roaches have been around for millions of years and have adapted to survive off nearly any organic matter, which means that attempting to eliminate food sources can feel nearly impossible. To entirely eliminate a roach population requires consistency and effective treatment methods. Contacting a pest control professional is often the quickest and most effective way to eradicate them.

How often will you treat my property?

Unfortunately, every infestation and every property is unique. When we create your tailored treatment plan, we will consider the extent of the infestation, the species of cockroach and any other unique factors to your property that may make it more vulnerable to a roach problem.

The most effective way to handle cockroaches is through preventative treatments. When you take advantage of ABC’s ongoing pest control programs, our specialists will apply proven treatments and report back to you on any signs of new pest activity.

What impact do the products you use have on my family and the environment?

One of ABC’s core values is that we treat your home as if it was our own. This means we only apply products that are specially formulated for residential use. We hand select all of the products we use with your family in mind, to give you peace of mind. Our technicians are trained to apply these solutions in the lowest concentration of chemicals possible. If you have questions regarding our treatment plans, our specialists are always happy to address them.

What if I still see roaches after ABC's treatment?

Despite your initial reaction, seeing some roaches after your first treatment is a sign your treatments are working. What this means is that cockroach nesting grounds are now inhospitable, so these pests are looking for a new place to live. The roaches will bring the bait with them to whatever new breeding and nesting grounds they establish, which will eventually cause the entire population to dwindle.

If you are still noticing significant pest activity 7 to 10 days after your initial service call, contact us to send a technician back to your home. Any visits that take place after this time and within 30 days of your first service call will incur no additional charges.

What are some steps I can take to help prevent cockroaches?

While your ABC pest control specialist will provide you tailored advice to prevent roaches and these creatures can invade any home, here are some steps you can take on your own.

We recommend that homeowners:

  • Keep counters, stovetops, floors and tables clean and wiped down after meals and food preparation
  • Clean all kitchen and bathroom surfaces regularly
  • Wash off dishes and put them in the dishwasher promptly after use
  • Empty pet food and water bowls at night and keep food and birdseed in sealed containers
  • Take out the garbage regularly
  • Seal off potential entry points around drains, windows and doors
  • Move firewood, compost piles and other vegetation away from the perimeter of your home

After your initial inspection, your ABC specialist will offer additional guidance on how to avoid future infestations on your property. We often recommend homeowners take advantage of our ongoing monitoring visits to protect from roaches and a number of other common household pests.

illustration of thumb

Get Started

We can create a treatment plan that targets these pests, so you can have peace of mind.

More Pest Control Solutions

What Our Customers Are Saying

Based on 4065 reviews

Shelly Dees


“I was very impressed with the handyman services provided by ABC Home & Commercial Services. Mark was professional and treated my home like it was his own. He did a phenomenal job fixing the loose siding on the chimney and securing the cedar shutters on the front of our home. While working inside our home, he listened to my concerns and addressed the tasks with efficiency and informed me of the curing time needed for the caulk to properly dry. I would definitely contact ABC again for future needs and request the same technician again.”

Cindy Durand


“We had a problem with an AC unit not cooling. We couldn’t reach ABC over the weekend (turned out we were calling the wrong number. They have an after hours answering service) so we called a different company. They told us the compressor was tripping the breaker and needed to be replaced. We were quoted $3700 for a new compressor or $7800 for a whole new AC. We decided to hold off and get a second opinion from ABC because we’ve used them for various things for more than 30 years, and we trust them. Their AC tech came out and said he was pretty sure the problem was the breaker, not the AC, so we asked ABC to send out an electrician. The electrician pulled out the breaker and confirmed that was the problem. It took him less than 45 minutes, and that was with me watching and asking questions about it. He probably would have been able to do it faster without an audience. For both techs to come out, the total was about $160. With the other company, we would have paid at least $3700 just to find out it still didn’t fix the problem.”

Featured Blog Posts

Visit Our Blog
a technician working on a furnace
Signs You Need a New Furnace

Winter is for bundling up and getting comfy with a mug of hot chocolate and your favorite book. But, cozy winters are only possible if your furnace is working well. If it isn’t working properly,...

an outdoor fire place
What’s Involved in Building an Outdoor Fire Place?

Adding an outdoor fireplace is one way to spruce up a backyard. It can completely change the ambiance and be a great place to bring your family and friends together. Not only will a fireplace light up...

an ABC commercial pest control technician performing an inspection at a restaurant

Need Pest Control For Your Business?

We understand that businesses have different needs than residences. That’s why we have specially trained technicians who can service your business.

ABC's Complete List of Home Services in Waco

Why deal with multiple service providers when ABC can do it all?

Bed Bug Treatment

Bed bug problems can cause a huge emotional toll. We will create a custom treatment plan to resolve your infestation so you can rest easy again.

Fire Ant Control

Fire ant mounds are unsightly, and bites are very painful. We can help protect you and your family from these creatures.

Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes can make spending time in your home and yard miserable. With our approach to mosquito control, you can feel comfortable again.

Pre-construction Termite Control

We can protect new homes with Termimesh termite control. This product guarantees that homeowners will never have to worry about a termite problem

Roach Exterminator

Dealing with roaches can feel like a never-ending battle. We can create a treatment plan that targets these pests, so you can have peace of mind.

Scorpion Control

Finding a scorpion on your property can be alarming. We can implement scorpion control measures so you have one less thing to worry about.

Termite Control

Termites can cause extensive damage to your biggest investment. We use scientifically proven termite control to eliminate the entire colony.

Rodent & Wildlife Control

Don't let rodents or wildlife disrupt your life. We can create a comprehensive treatment plan to trap and remove all unwanted critters.

Awards & Expertise