How to get rid of Roaches

How to get rid of roaches. Effective roach control using roach baits and roach gels. Kill german cockroaches, american roaches, and other house infesting roaches with Maxforce products.

Roach Control – Roach Baits – Roach Killers
Cockroaches, are the most common insect pests infesting homes, food service establishments and other structures, transmitting disease and bacteria which cause food poisoning. Recently, cockroaches have been found to be an important source of allergy in people, second only to house dust.

Types of Roachescockroaches
The German cockroach is by far the most common roach found in homes. Oriental and American cockroaches usually prefer dark, damp areas such as basements, floor drains, crawl spaces, and utility closets. (photo provided by M. Potter)

Cockroaches prefer to live in cracks, crevices and secluded areas close to food, warmth and moisture. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common areas to find roaches. Since roaches flourish where food and moisture are readily available, sanitation is an important step in prevention and control.

Roach Baits
Homeowners attempting to control cockroaches themselves will find roach baits and gels effective and relatively easy to use. Roach baits contain a slow-acting insecticide incorporated into a food attractant. Roaches locate and feed on the bait, typically contained in small, plastic bait trays, and crawl away to die. Bait carried back to the nesting area also kills other roaches after being expelled in the sputum and feces.

In contrast to liquid sprays or aerosols, cockroach baits require no mixing and it is not necessary to empty kitchen cabinets or cover food preparation surfaces prior to treatment. People and pets are not exposed to the toxicant since the insecticide is enclosed within a plastic, child-resistant container. Another advantage of cockroach baits is that they have essentially no volatility or odor.

How to Use Roach Baits
The key to successful roach control with baits is proper placement. Bait trays should be placed in all areas where cockroaches are seen, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.

Placement of baits in the middle of exposed surfaces, or away from edges or corners, will be far less effective. It’s critical that the stations be positioned flush into corners or up against edges (e.g., where walls meet ceilings and floors), since these are the paths commonly traveled by roaches. In most cases, a minimum of 12 bait stations should be used at one time, placing 10 baits in the kitchen and two in the bathroom. If cockroaches are seen in other areas such as bedrooms or utility rooms, use 2-4 additional baits. Do not spray around bait stations with other insecticides or cleaning agents as this could deter roaches from feeding on the bait.

Substantial reductions in cockroach numbers should occur within 1-3 weeks of treatment. As with any pesticide, read the product label prior to use.

By Mike Potter, Extension Entomologist University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Types of Roach Baits
Maxforce Roach Bait GelRoach control with Maxforce roach bait gel.
More Pest Control specialists choose Maxforce roach bait gel because it is the best roach bait available. The inert protein food source is simply irresistible and is odor free. Great for use in hospitals, schools, restaurants and other places visited by the public where safety is paramount and dead roaches should not be seen.

Maxforce Gel is available in a 2 oz syringe that can be used anywhere where roaches are a problem. It retains its high moisture content in a wide range of conditions so that it remains soft and palatable until it is consumed. Order 1 syringe per 1000 sq ft unless a heavy infestation

Maxforce Roach Bait Stationsroach control with roach bait stations by Maxforce.
Fast cock roach Control and secondary kill. It’s a bait station breakthrough offering all the advantages you’ve come to expect from Maxforce, with a much faster start. Roach Bait Stations start to kill roaches in just eight hours, and tests show that 75% of the roach population is reduced in just two days.

The roach bait stations come in two sizes. The bags contain loose-packed single stations. The re-seal able bags are designed to keep baits fresh and protected from contamination. Never spray where you intend to put bait stations as it stops roaches from getting to the bait.

Demon WP Insecticide
Demon is not really a roach bait, but is a roach killer and also used for roach prevention. Roaches enter your home through places such as cracks around plumbing and under doors. Treating the area around your home with a high residual effect such as Demon WP will keep cockroaches from entering. If roaches cross the Demon, they will die. You will need to spray every 3 months or so.

Read about our 2-step guide to combat roaches using Demon WP and a
baiting strategy, click here

CAUTION! Pesticide recommendations in this publication are registered for use in Kentucky, USA ONLY! The use of some products may not be legal in your state or country. Please check with your local county agent or regulatory official before using any pesticide mentioned in this publication.