We all pass roach bait in the store from time to time and hope we never have to be the ones using it. However, there always comes a time when we have to swallow our pride and make that purchase. Having a roach or roaches in your home does not always mean that your home is messy, dirty, or unkempt. Sometimes, roaches simply just appear up a drain or from other random points of entry. Regardless of where they came from the goal is to get rid of them as fast as possible. Roaches are known to multiply fast and attract even more roaches to your home. This not only makes the situation time-sensitive but also quite stressful. If you have found yourself in this position then you are going to want to use this guide to make sure you are using the roach baits correctly. Many people do not use them as intended and end up putting their pets and kids at risk along with wasting time and money. If you follow this guide and worst-case scenario cannot get rid of the roaches or have even seen more, then our team at Quality Pest Control is here for you.
Mistake #1: Putting the Baits in the Wrong Area
This is a commonly seen mistake in households across the country. Although it’s a small mistake, it will make the baits dramatically less effective in getting rid of your roach problem. These baits are mixed with different ingredients to make roaches attracted to them, but this won’t work no matter how strong the bait is if the bait is placed in the wrong part of the house. Roaches are not going to want to go across the house to check out your bait if they can find all the food and water they need in your kitchen. That is why strategically having them placed in the areas you commonly see the roaches will make all the difference in putting a halt to your problem.
Mistake #2: Contact Killers
Another commonly seen mistakes people make is using the roach baits with contact killers. Using more supplies of roach killers sounds great in theory, but in reality, it will not work. Contact killers are those pesticides you spray and kill roaches, and other bugs, on contact. The reason this spray and baits do not work well together is that the contact killer will stop the roach bait from working. The roach bait works to attract the baits by the series of ingredients they contain. Once the roach that approaches the bait gets poisoned it will continue on its normal path back to where the nest is. It will then produce poisoned feces that will kill off all of the other roaches. Contact killer is great if you see one roach occasionally in the shower; however, in an infestation situation, you want all of the roach’s dead, not just the one you happened to see.
Mistake #3: Placing Baits in Areas Children and Pets Can Reach
The common concern parents have when it comes to baits is that the poison inside the trap will harm their children and pets. While yes, these baits are dangerous to children and pets, it’s not for the reason you think. The tiny amount of chemicals in the bait is not enough to kill or harm a child or pet. A roach is significantly smaller meaning the number of chemicals doesn’t need to be much to get the job done. However, kids and pets can be harmed by choking on baits. Both kids and pets commonly put things in their mouths without knowing what it is, this is usually harmless but when it comes to baits it could cause some serious issues. Putting the baits on higher to reach places or behind furniture where kids and pets cannot access them is the smart move.
By following these tips you should begin to see some improvement in your roach situation. Sometimes the baits will work without the proper use of them, but in most cases, the roaches are simply not going to go for them unless they are strategically used. If you seem to be doing everything right as far as this guide goes and still are not seeing any improvement, or even worse, more roaches are showing up, then you may want to consider reaching out to our team at Quality Pest Control. Sometimes the baits work but in the severe cases of infestation, they will not always do the trick. To learn more about roach baits and roach exterminations, give us a call today at (239) 540-2359.