If you have a cockroach problem and you are trying to decide on how to control them, I can tell you the easiest, most effective method is cockroach baits. Cockroach baits come in tubes of gel or you can buy little stations that contain a pesticide œcookie. Either way, these baits draw hungry cockroaches to feed and once they do, they return to their nests where they die in a day or so. After they die, other roaches consume the body, ingesting the poison, as well. It's called the domino effect. Poison one roach and many other roaches will die.
The best cockroach baits are Maxforce FC Gel Bait, Maxforce FC Roach Stations, Maxforce Magnum for severe infestations and Advion Cockroach Arenas which accommodate the large cockroach species like Oriental and American cockroaches. All of these products are available on this website.
Once you purchase the bait products you'll find there's a trick to properly placing cockroach baits. It takes a lot more than smearing a dab here and a dollop there. Cockroaches are not explorers. They exploit nearby food sources and stay in hiding much of their lives. So, you need to understand how they live and what they like to eat before you can expect results from your pesticide placements.
First, know that there are different species of cockroaches. The common kitchen roach is a German cockroach. That particular roach likes warm places near a water source. They will eat nearly any foods consumed by mammals.
Then, there's the Oriental cockroach, also known as the water bug. These pitch black roaches are found in cool, moist locations like basements.
We also often run into that big, red roach known as the American roach. In Florida that very same roach is called a Palmetto bug. This big fellow likes humid temperatures. They can be found living outside in Florida where the temperatures suit it to a tee. Head north and these roaches are often found in our sewer systems.
For this article, let's focus on the German roach, since this is the roach most often found infesting our homes. Remember, these roaches like war areas. You'll find them hiding near heat sources like refrigerator motors or under stoves. You can also find them hiding in the upper corners of cabinets where hot air rises and collects. They also like to hide near water sources under kitchen sinks. Roaches like to back themselves into tight cracks where they can deposit their egg cases, so you need to pay attention to every crack and crevice.
Look for signs of cockroach activity. Their fecal material looks like pepper. You'll find it in corners where roaches congregate. In heavy infestations roaches fight for territories. The weaker roaches will move off to find less attractive locations such as between door hinges.
If you are in the habit of eating in bed you can bet roaches will follow. Roach infestations in bedrooms are common, especially around headboards and other locations where roaches can get an easy meal.
If using gel bait, place a dab of bait about the size of the nail on your baby finger, in all the aforementioned locations. Make sure the gel is placed in dark, warm locations. If using the bait stations, use the sticky tab on the back of each station to secure it to walls or appliances near warm areas, under the sink next to the water pipes, in corners of cabinets where you keep food and dishes and even on the back of your bedroom head board. Don't put these stations in locations where the roaches would be upside down to enter. Roaches don't feed well in an upside down position.
Use nine or ten bait or station locations per 100 square feet of space in rooms where you know roaches to be hiding. Roaches will smell the bait from up to about four feet away, so you need to put out lots of bait in order to attract them.
One last important note. You cannot use any other type of pesticide when you use roach baits. Most liquid baits will ruin gel or roach stations. Liquid baits often contain materials that repel roaches, while baits are meant to attract roaches. The two don't mix.
Read the label of any product you choose. Follow label directions exactly.