Getting over a cockroach infestation, especially if they are small (German) cockroaches, can be a big challenge. Supermarket products don’t seem to work! Cockroach gel baits – the same products used by professional pest controllers – are now available to the general public. These gel baits are definitely the best option to control cockroach infestations, but how do you use them to get the best results?
Cockroaches are nocturnal, coming out at night to forage under the cover of darkness. When morning comes, they return to their hiding places, which can be well hidden and difficult to find.
To get long-term cockroach control you need to address the source – the nest.
But how do you find a cockroach nest and how many can be in your kitchen?
Fear not…a cockroach gel bait does all the hard work for you!
GEL BAITS ARE THE BEST FOR LOSING GEERMAN COCKROACH
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Cockroach bait contains an attractive cockroach food source and a slow-acting insecticide.
When cockroaches leave the nest to look for food, they find the attractive cockroach bait, consume a lethal dose and die a few hours later, usually returning to the nest.
This delayed action (the reason for the slow action of the insecticide), is important for complete control of the colony.
A big part of the cockroach problem is that young cockroaches tend to hide in the nest and not even leave to look for food. They eat the feces and vomit of adult cockroaches (gross!). When the adult cockroaches return to the nest after eating the bait, small amounts of the insecticide end up in their droppings and vomit. This allows the transfer of the insecticide to the inhabitants of the nest where complete control of the population is achieved. Cockroach bait is the only type of cockroach treatment that targets the young at the back of the nest.
By placing gel bait around the kitchen, you can target all the cockroach hiding places without having to search. Finding the cockroaches will find the bait and bring it back to the nest and solve your problem.
ARE ALL BAITS THE SAME?
No, they are not. Typical supermarket cockroach baits consist of a solid block of food placed in a plastic ‘bait station’. They are not as attractive to cockroaches as gel baits.
Gel baits like Advion Cockroach Bait are more attractive than solid baits, because they release more immediate attractants, which cockroaches can “smell” from a distance.
Another problem with plastic bait stations is that you can only get a small number of bait stations in one package. This limits the number of places you can target cockroaches.
Since you don’t know how many cockroach nests there are, or their location, success is greatly improved by placing several bait ‘dots’ instead of a few plastic bait stations. As the gel can also be placed in a wider variety of positions (for example on vertical surfaces), you are more likely to place a ‘dot’ of gel near a hide.
Superior beauty and application flexibility make gel baits the number one choice of pest control professionals.
Advion Cockroach Bait is unique in that it contains bioactive ingredients. One active ingredient targets adults and mature nymphs while the other disrupts juvenile development delivering a powerful two-punch knockout punch to the nest.
APPLYING COCKROACH GEL BAIT
HOW TO USE COCKROACH GEL BAIT TO GET BEST RESULTS
Cockroach Bait comes in a professional syringe applicator. This means that it is easy to apply. You can use it in hundreds of locations.
You only need to place a small (pea-sized) amount of gel bait in each location. It is important to place gel bait every meter or so inside cupboards and around suspected cockroach hiding places.
Where to put cockroach gel bait
Electrical appliances – (inside and under) microwave, TV, dishwasher, toaster, fridge/freezer, cooker top/hood, and washing machine. Follow all safety instructions before use.
Sinks – around and under. Check the sealant to make sure water doesn’t leak into the cabinets underneath.
Cupboards – corners and hinges
Kick-boards – behind them. Try to seal any joints or corners.
(Follow all safety instructions before use).
For best results, do not use cockroach sprays near gel baits. Sprays tend to be a repellent to cockroaches, so a surface treated with a spray may make the bait unattractive. A good option is to use a spray around the perimeter of the kitchen on the ground and use a gel bait on the cupboards and other areas above the ground.
Check the gel monthly and reapply as needed. The gel will remain attractive for at least 3 months. If you want to put fresh bait, the old bait can be removed with a knife.
HOW EASY IS IT TO MAKE?
Complete population control should occur in 4-6 weeks, although it may take longer with a large infestation.
If you are suffering from ongoing cockroach problems (for example you are in a unit block), reapply the bait every 3-6 months.
Advion Cockroach bait is also known to have superiour effect on silverfish when applied correctly. A study performed by the Norwegian National health department showed more than 95% reduction 6 months after a single application of advion cockroach bait gel.