What Is Insecta?

INSECTA is an insecticide created specifically for use on sewer manhole walls to control the sewer manhole cockroach population


How Does Insecta Work?

Cockroaches, like most insects, have specialized feet. A combination of stiff hairs, natural adhesives, andtiny, sharp claws at the ends of an insect’s feet allowthem to scale vertical surfaces. As cockroaches scalethe INSECTA painted walls of sewer manholes, these specialized feet break the polymer chain holding the chlorpyrifos, exposing the chemical. The exposed chlorpyrifos adheres to the cockroach and is ingested when the cockroach licks their feet. Typically, the cockroach will die within 24 hours. Because the cockroaches dies so quickly, they have no opportunity to breed an immunity to INSECTA.

Why Use Insecta?

  • INSECTA is a United States EPA-approved formulation.
  • INSECTA is a latex coating, not a solvent or powder that can easily be washed away. Once dried, INSECTA will remain on the sewer manhole walls and retain its 2-year guaranteed efficacy regardless of weather conditions.
  • INSECTA makes sewer manhole inspections easier for city employees.
  • INSECTA is manufactured in a United States EPA-approved facility.
  • INSECTA is not a repellant; cockroaches don’t run to escape INSECTA.
  • INSECTA helps to prevent the spread of disease
  • INSECTA interrupts the breeding cycle of cockroaches, eliminating both adult and juvenile cockroaches
  • INSECTA is a United States EPA-approved formulation.
  • INSECTA leaves a clean, bright, washable surface.
  • INSECTA eliminates chemical exposure to city employees and residents.

Why Treat Sewer Manholes With Insecta?

  • Sewer manholes are a haven for cockroaches providing an endless supply of food and water.

  • Sewers contain fecal matter, which carries disease

  • Cockroaches cross sewer fecal matter and are capable of transmitting bacteria and disease.

  • Cockroaches cross sewer fecal matter and are capable of transmitting bacteria and disease.

  • Cockroaches exit manholes through the pick holes in the manhole cover lids and traverse lateral lines between the sewers and residential and commercial structures carrying fecal bacteria and disease into homes and businesses.

  • Cockroaches are difficult to control once in your citizens’ homes. Best to control before accessing homes or businesses.

  • Cockroaches climb sewer manhole walls, often congregating around the ring just below the sewer manhole cover

  • Cockroaches are kown to spread six kinds of human pathogens, and 33 kinds of bacteria, including but not limited to:

  • Diarrhea

  • Dysentery

  • Cholera

  • Leprosy

  • Plague

  • Poliomylitis

  • Typhoid Fever

  • Salmonellosis

  • Staphylococcus

  • Streptococcus

  • E. Coli

  • Listeriosis

  • Gastroenterits

  • Asthma

  • Per doctors in China, COVID 19 can be spread through fecal matter

Applying Insecta

  • INSECTA must be applied by a licensed Pest Control Operator in accordance with all label instructions.
  • INSECTA is applied via airless paint spray equipment using a 6 to 6 ½ foot wand equipped with a 4-head nozzle.
  • INSECTA is sprayed on sewer manhole walls by moving the spray wand up and down to a depth up to 8 feet
  • (regardless of the actual manhole depth) applying the EPA-approved amount of product to the manhole walls.
  • INSECTA is not applied to the top 10-12 inches of the manhole walls, eliminating any risk of drift or overspray
  • On the concrete or road surfaces near the manhole.
  • INSECTA label prohibits application within 36 hours of predicted rain to avoid any product runn-off

City Application Cycle

Cities contracting with a licensed Pest Control Operator typically provide a 4 or 6-year contract to have all their sewer manholes sprayed in a standardized, 2-year rotation:

Year 1

Half of the contracted sewer manholes are sprayed the first year.

Year 2

Remaining half of the contracted sewer manholes are sprayed the 2nd year

Year 3

Sewer manholes sprayed in Year 1 are re-sprayed in the same order as year 1*

Year 4

Sewer manholes sprayed in Year 2 are re-sprayed in the same order as Year 2*

This standardized 2-year rotation allows all treated sewer manholes to be under the 2-year manufacturer warranty for the duration of the contract.

Cities may request a slightly tinted paint color for years 3 and 4, providing an easy check to ensure all sewer manholes have been properly treated.