You turn on the lights to a blur of movement. You might even glimpse a flattened body disappearing neatly through a paper-thin crevice. Yet, German cockroaches leave their evidence everywhere. Their frass, or feces, has been linked to both Salmonella and E. coli food poisoning as well as respiratory problems. Traps and contact sprays are not going to be enough. You need something that will:
– Kill the roaches that you have.
– Make sure that there won’t be any more.
What you need is bait. However, for it to work, you have to understand cockroaches and their behaviors.
Key Facts About German Cockroaches
1. Roaches require environmental contact on both sides of their bodies. They keep to areas where this is possible—cracks, crevices, layers of materials, and small enclosed pockets or pathways.
2. Cockroaches are nocturnal, preferring warm environments that provide darkness.
3. Females remain secluded and hidden when carrying eggs. Even once nymphs hatch, breeding females rarely stray from cracks and crevices.
4. Nymphs feed exclusively on their mother’s frass for their first stage of life.
5. Adult males are typically the roaches most likely to explore as they forage for food and water or seek out a mate.
6. In diet, adult roaches prefer grease and carbohydrates. They also need water. That’s why kitchens are prime targets.
What Is Roach Bait?
Cockroach bait is a compelling poison that your undesirable visitors will want to consume. Baits come as both gels and stations, but the important factor is that the poison acts slowly enough to let the cockroach reach its friends and family. Among others, the roach shares the poison both through its frass and when others consume its dead, poisoned body.
How To Use Roach Bait
Most roach bait failures are due to mistakes that people make in using them. If you’re going to use bait:
– Use bait only. Bait works on the principle of attracting roaches. Contact poisons and sprays work on the premise of repelling or instantly killing roaches. If you put repellent near bait, roaches won’t take the bait. If you use contact poisons with it, you may never eradicate breeding females and their offspring.
– Place bait in strategic, high-roach-traffic locations. If you’re not sure where that might be, place a few sticky traps in corners where surfaces meet. You may see a pattern that will help.
– Stick to gels. Moist gel baits are often more effective for the small German cockroaches while granular stations are for use with larger cockroaches like water bugs or palmetto bugs.
– Clean up. Cleanliness is essential. Any available food waste is competition for bait.
– Declutter. Clutter only provides more places for roaches to hide. Limit roach-friendly habitat to areas that you can bait.
– Keep it fresh. Baits dry and harden over time. Persistence and fresh applications are essential to long-term success.
Professional Help for Roaches
Like many other pests—from rodents to bedbugs—there’s no such thing as a solitary roach. If you’re battling a roach infestation or want to take proactive steps to ensure you never have one, call Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control at 888.904.8897, or visit our website. We serve the residents of California’s Los Angeles County and Orange County. With free inspections and green solution options, we’re ready to service all your pest control needs.