Common mistakes people make when using roach baits
Roach baits are one of the most successful and effective roach killer remedies we have out there in the market. And with good reason.
Baits have a lower toxic level as compared to other roach killers and are so effective because of their domino effect; once ingested, they turn the roaches into a bait. If other roaches prey on the infected one or come into contact with its faeces, it succumbs to death. So in the long term, roach baits will end up eliminating whole colonies and not just lone roaches.
Since this is a very commonly used method, there are a few mistakes that you are prone to make when using the baits and we are here to steer you off into the right direction. If you have purchased a roach bait and deemed it ineffective, it’s probably because you did one of the following things:
Combining bait with other roach killers
The one major rule when it comes to using roach baits is to never use them alongside other killer remedies, such as contact killers and more specifically, roach sprays. Reason being, these other products will only contaminate the baits which reduces their effectiveness.
Roach sprays kill on contact, and thus they will not give the roaches a chance to carry the bait back to their nest. This interferes with your elimination plan because it stops the domino effect you were hoping for that is brought on by roach baits.
If you still want to use roach sprays, you can either try them out before you start on the roach baits, or much after, but never at the same time.
Wrong application of the bait
You may have noticed that most baits have a strong smell, which is purposely intended to lure roaches out of the nests. However, this does not mean that you can place your baits anywhere in the house.
Placing baits in areas roaches may not crawl through frequently will only leave you with your baits and more roaches in the house. We recommend putting your baits in high traffic areas such as in kitchen cabinets, as roaches are ever scouting for sources of food and water for their survival. Other good areas include behind appliances and under sinks.
You probably bought roach baits because you were guaranteed they won’t harm your young kids and pets.
Well, the fact that baits have less chemical concentration is true. However, many of us tend to overlook the plastic casing in some roach baits, such as the popular brand, Combat. Plastic is not always durable and when it breaks off, it’s a major hazard to your kids and pets, who may chew and choke on the pieces without knowing.
We advise that after your purchase, you place your bait stations in areas that your kids or pets will not gain access to. This may include in high cabinets or counters. Do not let them near the bait stations under any circumstance.