Roaches. Even just the word makes me cringe. I’ve never met a single person who didn’t absolutely despise cockroaches. And for good reason!
They’re usually associated with dirt and germs, and this is an accurate association. Roaches are often found in sewers, garbage, dumpsters, and other unsavory places. Unfortunately they’re also found in your home.
Roaches can carry diseases and bacteria, and can be a powerful allergen to those who are sensitive. They can contaminate almost any surface, since they will eat practically anything. Gross.
Luckily, though, it’s not as hard to get rid of them as you might think. You can definitely do it yourself safely and effectively.
Put away those bug bombs and spray cans, though. Those are largely ineffective when getting rid of a full-blown roach infestation. These products only affect the roaches the chemicals come in contact with, leaving the rest of the roach population unaffected. Not to mention, using these products douses your home in potentially dangerous chemicals.
Bug bombs, also called total release foggers, essentially fumigate your home. That means you have to leave. The EPA recommends you, your family, and your pets leave for at least two hours, and when you come back, you have to ventilate your home to get rid of lingering fumes. If you don’t, you could get sick. Many of these products continue to work for weeks afterwards but cannot be used in food prep areas like kitchens (a roach’s favorite spot!) and common living spaces. Not to mention, these products can also turn into actual bombs if misused around open flames.
I don’t know about you, but these risks definitely outweigh the benefits of using one of these types of products inside my home. I have two cats, and they get in to absolutely everything. It’s really important for me to both control icky pests and keep my animals safe at the same time. If you feel the same way, don’t worry. There is a better way.
Highly Effective Roach Control
Roach gel baiting is a very effective way to control roaches. They’re long lasting, easy to use, and knock out an entire infestation, and many formulas are low in toxicity and are overall safer to use. Roach gel bait comes in a syringe and can be applied virtually anywhere, but are best suited for tight spots and cracks and crevices that are hard to reach and make great hiding spots for roaches.
How Roach Gel Baits Work
Well, it’s pretty simple. Most gel baits are composed of a food source for the roaches, combined with a slow acting poison. The slow acting poison lets as many cockroaches food on the bait as possible, and the roaches will die away from the food source. Roaches will eat their dead fellows, so those who have died from the poison become for the rest of the population.
It can take weeks for the poison to start killing your roaches. But don’t worry! A little patience and following few simple steps, and you’ll be able to rid your home of those nasty, unwanted visitors.
Where To Start
A mistake a lot of people make is to assume that using a control product is all they need to do. With roaches, removing all food sources and shelter is crucial for successful control. Our roach control page will ensure you’re doing everything right to get rid of the roaches yourself. The following image is the kitchen roach bait placement guide from our indoor roach control guide.
Place The Baits
This is the fun part. Well, as fun as roach control can get. The gel bait will come in a syringe for easy application. Take a peek at this handy graphic so you know exactly where to put your bait. It also gives you a guideline for other roach control products, like bait stations and dusts.