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Cockroach Baits


If you have a cockroach problem and you are trying to decide on how to control them, I can tell you the easiest, most effective method is cockroach baits. Cockroach baits come in tubes of gel or you can buy little stations that contain a pesticide “cookie”. Either way, these baits draw hungry cockroaches to feed and once they do, they return to their nests where they die in a day or so. After they die, other roaches consume the body, ingesting the poison, as well. It’s called the domino effect. Poison one roach and many other roaches will die.

The best cockroach baits are Maxforce FC Gel Bait, Maxforce FC Roach Stations, Maxforce Magnum for severe infestations and Advion Cockroach Arenas which accommodate the large cockroach species like Oriental and American cockroaches. All of these products are available on this website.

Once you purchase the bait products you’ll find there’s a trick to

Cockroach feces

properly placing cockroach baits. It takes a lot more than smearing a dab here and a dollop there. Cockroaches are not explorers. They exploit nearby food sources and stay in hiding much of their lives. So, you need to understand how they live and what they like to eat before you can expect results from your pesticide placements.

First, know that there are different species of cockroaches. The common kitchen roach is a German cockroach. That particular roach likes warm places near a water source. They will eat nearly any foods consumed by mammals.

Then, there’s the Oriental cockroach, also known as the water bug. These pitch black roaches are found in cool, moist locations like basements.

We also often run into that big, red roach known as the American roach. In Florida that very same roach is called a Palmetto bug. This big fellow likes humid temperatures. They can be found living outside in Florida where the temperatures suit it to a tee. Head north and these roaches are often found in our sewer systems.

For this article, let’s focus on the German roach, since this is the roach most often found infesting our homes. Remember, these roaches like war areas. You’ll find them hiding near heat sources like refrigerator motors or under stoves. You can also find them hiding in the upper corners of cabinets where hot air rises and collects. They also like to hide near water sources under kitchen sinks. Roaches like to back themselves into tight cracks where they can deposit their egg cases, so you need to pay attention to every crack and crevice.

Look for signs of cockroach activity. Their fecal material looks like pepper. You’ll find it in corners where roaches congregate. In heavy infestations roaches fight for territories. The weaker roaches will move off to find less attractive locations such as between door hinges.

If you are in the habit of eating in bed you can bet roaches will follow. Roach infestations in bedrooms are common, especially around headboards and other locations where roaches can get an easy meal.

Applying Maxforce gel

If using gel bait, place a dab of bait about the size of the nail on your baby finger, in all the aforementioned locations. Make sure the gel is placed in dark, warm locations. If using the bait stations, use the sticky tab on the back of each station to secure it to walls or appliances near warm areas, under the sink next to the water pipes, in corners of cabinets where you keep food and dishes and even on the back of your bedroom head board. Don’t put these stations in locations where the roaches would be upside down to enter. Roaches don’t feed well in an upside down position.

Use nine or ten bait or station locations per 100 square feet of space in rooms where you know roaches to be hiding. Roaches will smell the bait from up to about four feet away, so you need to put out lots of bait in order to attract them.

One last important note. You cannot use any other type of pesticide when you use roach baits. Most liquid baits will ruin gel or roach stations. Liquid baits often contain materials that repel roaches, while baits are meant to attract roaches. The two don’t mix.

Read the label of any product you choose. Follow label directions exactly.

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tracy mercer
08 Jun 2011, 07:32
we have seen only 3 or 4 roaches in our house and we killed theem and we try to keep a clean house but what do you recommend that we do now to keep them dead or to keep them from coming in the house. thank you
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08 Jun 2011, 08:20
Apply the roach baits as described in the article on this page for continued control. Roaches are often brought into homes via cardboard boxes or grocery bags where they hide in the bottom folds.
26 Jul 2011, 08:04
Will baits draw oriental roaches out from under the crawlspace? I've been trying to spray the crawlspace with a permethrin spray, but I cannot reach very deep into the crawlspace.
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26 Jul 2011, 17:00
Baits will draw Oriental roaches. Permethrin sprays will repel the roaches.
26 Aug 2011, 22:04
I got a good tip regarding the German roach, or as we call them the grocery roach in the south. Take off all recepticle plates and squirt in a good dose of boric acid using the pointed nossel. The roaches live in the walls also and this will treat them in there. I lived in an apt and we all know that when another apt gets treated they run to another. I never never had a problem.
Frank McKenna
01 Sep 2011, 14:22
Within the past two days we discovered one dead german roach and today, one crawling up the wall in the kitchen, now dead. The dead roach was found on the second floor office where no is stored. My wife is a clean freek so we can guess that we brought it in from a box etc. Both roaches were larger in size, not young. Where do we start with the bait traps? Is it likely that we do not have a nest yet? Help
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01 Sep 2011, 15:10
Start with monitor glue traps first. The traps will tell you whether you have a roach infestation, or not. If you start applying pesticide baits all around, you'll never know if your efforts were worthwhile. Check the traps every so often to see if you are catching more roaches. If you do catch more, then you can start applying chemical controls.
07 Jan 2012, 22:11
My dad has been putting roach bait tubes under a radiator in our house. What are the health concerns? Can the poison in a heated roach tube somehow spread into the air?
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07 Jan 2012, 23:35
I suppose it depends upon the active ingredient in the roach bait, but it's highly unlikely there is much to be concerned about. Call the manufacturer. Google the product and you'll find the "help desk" phone number.
13 Feb 2012, 14:55
I have German cockroaches. I am moving in a few months. What do you recommend to get kill them here but ensure they do not follow us to our new place? How long do you think it will take to kill of the hatched ones and the ones that aren't just yet.
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18 Feb 2012, 12:50
I recommend thoroughly inspecting your belongings for roach feces. Clean it up and install Maxforce cockroach bait stations. Lots and lots of them. I sell a bag of 72 of the stations on this site.
08 Mar 2013, 10:07
When I moved into the new apartment there was evident that there was a roach problem with the old tenants. They bombed the apartment and I saw no alive but lots of dead roaches. I moved in and I started seeing an average of six a day,not all the time but in groups of atleast two. Almost always in the kitchen. which ive kept pristine clean because i know they are there. I've been spraying and baiting with stations and kill all I see. I still see them, very alive and repeat, and after a week now, I wake up today, and I find three, very large. MUCH bigger than the ones I've found before. I also have seen two types of roaches too. What's going on?
02 May 2013, 18:05
I bought several boxes of the roach bait you apply with a caulk like gun. I have a large fluorescent, covered light over my kitchen sink. We had seen a couple of dead American roaches there when I bought my house. I have a severe roach phobia, so we applied the bait inside the fixture when we changed out the four tubes lights. The fixture is apparently not a closed one as when the cover is removed I can see the back wall. Anyway, now I have hundreds of dead roaches all across the fixture, and more appear daily. I want to know where I should place this bait so I don't have to see the dead ones. I live in the south, and the only ones I ever see are the big American ones, that are black or red, and get very large. I also have dogs, and the yard has squirrels and birds. I just want to be rid of the horrible bugs, and while I would rather see a dead one than a live one, I really don't want to see them at all. So again, where should I place this bait? I haven't used it since I saw the results in the light fixture.
23 Jun 2013, 15:24
We have moved to Houston Texas and I was going to build a low lying deck to increase backyard space. But I was told its a great hiding space for insects. Is this true or false. We also have a water retention space behind our house ! Can anyone tell me if its ok or would expanding the concrete be better

01 Sep 2013, 09:03
I placed hotshot bait stations in my kitchen where there is already boric acid in the crevices. After I p;aced the bait stations I noticed a lot of roaches in the kitchen even though it is clean.Is the bait drawing them? When should I expect to see less of them?
27 Nov 2013, 06:11
I have a tricky situation. The cockroaches nested on the walls of my draw well. The well is my main water source, so I cannot take any action that involve chemicals. Any trick about how to lure the roaches out and then kill them when they're outside the well?
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27 Nov 2013, 13:02
There are roach glue traps coated with a pheromone that lurks the roaches on to the trap. Totally non-toxic. You can also buy non-toxic baits to add to glue boards that will do the same thing.
18 Mar 2014, 15:35
I have a slumlord type landlord and shortly after I moved in we saw roaches, baby's all the way up to full grown, i believe German, but could have been oriental. Didn't look that close, just freaked and sprayed. I went and bought max force professional from a local pest control place. $50 for 3 tubes.

So the landlord took a long time to get someone in to spray, and only did finally after I called a building inspector. He only had it sprayed once. We didn't see any for awhile, then I saw another one about a week ago, which was about 2 month and a half after the spray. I told him that he needed several sprays because of multiple complexes or they would just come back. That's what I've been told. Also, he is such a lazy landlord that he has not cleaned the gutters probably since he built this place over 8 years ago, and he is now having issues with his basement which I'm sure is partly because of the gutters.

My question is, the extremely stupid cheap exterminator only sprayed my place and didn't spray the rest of the building this last spray that I flipped out about needing when I saw another roach. (Also told me(which is a legal issue) that the landlord said to charge me from now on if I see bugs. Which roaches are not the only problem, there's also silver fish.) knowing what you know of my situation, can he blame me for this or can the roaches be not leaving because of the poor conditions of the gutters and building ( tons of leaves are pushed up against the house also because he never raked or shoveled). And my house is sooooo incredibly clean, I basically do a spring cleaning once a month and never leave food out or dirty dishes laying around and I always clean up water spills and make sure my leaky faucets don't leave a water puddle anywhere. This is how I always live, not just because I found roaches. This place has cracks all over cause the foundation is sinking, and there are several entries for bugs to come in from cracks by the door cause the idiot put the door on backwards so the water trickles inside the house instead of away from the house, which also caused mold. Hopefully I made a actual question you can answer here and not just a gripe session.
01 May 2014, 22:10
My family and I moved into a new apartment that had zero signs of any animals. Its very modern and updated and showed very neat. My wife is a neat freak and keeps the kitchen spotless but after living here for two months she spotted a small roach by the sink. She said she couldn't see well and that it could have been an ant. But the next day we both saw an adult one in the same place which we killed. We bought the traps you mentioned and placed them everywhere in the kitchen and have been looking for any signs but so far nothing. No dead ones anywhere and no more spotted and its been like 3 days. We are worried because they say for 2 you see there are 50 more hiding but how do we know its working or if it's going to get worst?
03 Jul 2014, 11:28
Can roaches eat upside down? Ex: if I place a bait station under the sink..?
02 Sep 2014, 00:49
I moved into a new place almost two months ago. I cleaned it well and do regularly. I saw no evidence of past roaches and haven't heard of anything else in the building. One night a pretty big one crawled right by me, I killed it and cleaned. Maybe a week later I saw a baby in the bathroom, killed it and cleaned. About 2 weeks after that I saw another one mid to fill grown, killed it and cleaned. I keep all food sealed or in the fridge, wash dishes right after use and always take the trash out. Other than that, I haven't seen any other evidence or excrement. I think the ones I've seen may have wandered in under my door. I put a sweep to cover it.
I want to put gel baits around, but might that attract ones from outside and bring a bigger problem in my home? What is the best method to determine if I really have a problem?
28 Sep 2014, 05:38
I will be posting a question. Please help.
05 Oct 2014, 16:13
We saw a few roaches in the kitchen a week or so ago. We had an exterminator come in and spray and today I saw another roach! I want to put down bait, but the label says not to put down bait after spraying. How long should I wait to put down gel tube bait?
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05 Oct 2014, 17:32
You can use bait in any location where the liquid was not sprayed and t won't affect the gel bait. You cannot use it on treated surfaces for the next 60 days.
09 Oct 2014, 01:43
Shut up. Kill roaches.
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