Do you see cockroaches roaming around in your house? Tell me what happened when you opened your kitchen light in the middle of the night? These small little roach species can invade your home and even make you sick if you do not get control on time.
There are plenty of ways to control cockroach infestation. From spray to traps & baits. Some works and some don’t! You have to be very picky when it comes to over the counter products because there is a lot of crap out there.
Today, we are going to review best cockroach traps available in the market.
I did a lot of research and even used some of these products myself to get a better idea which products work and which don’t. We checked about 100 products and only shortlisted Top-3 products that has been proven to work over and over again.
Cockroach trap works very perfectly if used as per standards, there is no doubt about it. Even if you don’t have a large infestation, you can still use it effectively to not let these little pesky pests to invade your home and increase their population.
Cockroaches are found almost everywhere, in houses, apartments, hostels, restaurants and hospitals. They are hyper active during summer (April-August). In some areas, cockroach control is a year long battle.
Cockroaches are known for spreading several diseases and most people especially females gets very distrubed when they see cockroaches crawling in your kitchen, bedroom and bathrooms. These little pests contaminate your food, utensils and everything in between.
Let’s be fair, getting rid of cockroaches isn’t easy. There are about 3500 known species of cockroaches. Only 30 of them can live and survive in urban areas.
Cockroach has been gifted with unique feature by nature. It is cold-blooded insect! They can survive for up to one month without food! And you might be wondering what they consume as food ?
Cockroach eat whatever food source is available to them. They can consume sugar, books and even wood! and they even eat each other if they can’t find a food source. Yes! Cockroach is cannibalistic insect and they like to eat their own species. But they keep it as their last resort.
This makes them survive in almost any type of condition.
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How Cockroach Traps works?
Cockroach trap comes with bait inside the trap, you have to place the bait stations in high infestation area. Trap attract cockroaches (using its bait) and eventually kill the roach within the trap.
There are two different types of Traps:
- Glue trap
- Bait trap.
Glue trap attract roaches and they stick to its substance while bait trap let them consume the bait and they got killed eventually. It works really well. one trap can kill hundreds of roaches. Most traps are reusable you can clean and use it again to trap more roaches throughout the year.
Some Traps do not use glue instead of bait. Glue traps work differently once it trap a roach it get stick to the glue and can’t move.
Now lets deep dive into each short-listed product in details:
1. Hot Shot Ultra Liquid Roach Trap
This is a water based liquid bait. Cockroaches are more attracted to water than food. Because they can live up to one month without food, but they can’t live more than 7 days without water.
Good thing about this trap is that it attracts female roaches and kill them including the eggs they carry which helps a lot to control larger population pretty quickly.
Killing female roaches with their egg cases is very good strategy to stop roach population from growth. And this product is specifically designed to do that.
Hot Shot can give you a quick knock down because it kills roaches within few hours. You can probably see few dozen dead roaches within a day or two.
First try to repair leakages areas in your house. Cockroaches like water sources so if you repair leakage areas (Especially in bathroom and under kitchen cabinet/sink). It might be difficult for them to find water sources.
This is the perfect situation for hot shot traps, place it where you see a cockroach infestation, these little thirsty roaches are going to rush towards the trap and eventually get killed one by one.
This makes Hot shot a very good option for roach control.
2. Black Flag TAT Roach Motel Trap
Manufactured and sold by BlackFlag brand. They create different household pest control products. It comes with a pack of 6 (Total 12 traps) BlackFlag can control light to medium infestation.
It won’t work if you have thousands of roaches (especially in commercial area). It is recommended for household roach control.
This is glue trap. So you won’t have to deal with poison. It uses food substance to attract roaches and once they are inside the trap, they get stick to the glue and eventually got killed. It is pretty large in size and can accommodate hundreds of roaches.
Put this trap inside kitchen or bathroom if you want to only use this for cockroaches. Some user reported that It can trap crickets, and spiders as well. However, if you want to use this trap for other bugs you have to put bug-specific bait inside.
This roach can only work in small to medium level infestation. If you still aren’t getting control after using the products, please contact pest management company.
3. Combat Max Roach Killing Bait Station
Combat is second in our list. It kills both small and large roaches. Does not require any activation, place it where you see a cockroach infestation and you are ready to go!
It works really well under kitchen cabinet and sink. And can reduce infestation substantially in couple of weeks. Combat use very powerful insecticide called Fipronil inside bait trap. Therefore, it is recommended if you have larger infestation.
- Active Ingredients : Fipronil 0.05%
- Other Ingredients: 99.5%
Once you put trap in high infestation areas, it would kill hundreds of roaches per week. So you have to clean up dead roaches bi-weekly. Because if trap is full, it won’t attract and trap more cockroaches.
How It Works?
It is basically a bait trap. Food sources are ( mixed with powerful insecticide called Fipronil) are used in attract cockroaches.
Funny enough, they take the bait back to their nest and eventually kill other roaches in the process. This is very powerful and clever technique. Insecticide used in the bait is designed to give enough time to spread the poison as far as possible.
It doesn’t have to trap all roaches. It effectiveness compounds as it spread poison across the nest and kill almost all roaches within a couple of weeks.
- Do not allow your kids to play with these bait stations. It is a hazard to humans and domestic animals so you should use it with care.
- Remove dead-roaches weekly or bi-weekly.
- Read the label before using the product! It seems pretty obvious but everyone tend to ignore this. Reading the product label for couple of minutes would protect you from lot of health issues.
How To Use?
- Break baits apart and place it where you see infestation ( usually in beneath kitchen cabinets, sink & crack and crevices)
- Read diagram in label to get a better understanding of its application. It is pretty self explanatory.
Replace all baits after one year. These baits can provide you 12 months protection.
4. Greener Mindset Cockroach Trap
It comes with 12 traps which you can place in all areas where infestation is found. It is non-toxic and pesticide free!
Greener Mindset do not use pesticide or insecticide. So if you are person allergic to chemicals and are looking for natural product, you should consider buying this one.
It uses fish powder, sugar and cornstarch as bait. Glue traps attract roaches once they eat the bait, they die on the spot. Some users reported that they used pest control companies with no luck and greener works really well without using any chemical pesticides.
It is good for small to medium size infestation. Keep in mind that natural product won’t work for large infestation. You have to use some sort of chemical insecticide to get rid of high infestation.
Effectiveness of Cockroach Traps
Its effectiveness depends on:
- What chemicals are used as bait.
- What is the level of infestation in your home.
- How you are using the Trap.
Pesticides In Cockroach Trap:
The bait included in the trap use substance that cockroaches like to eat all day long ( Mixed with pesticide) which works as poison.
In a nutshell, the more powerful insecticide you use the more quick results you get. But on the other hand, it might be dangerous to use such a powerful bait inside your house. You have to keep it balanced and only use insecticide if you have a large infestation.
Fipornil works really works for cockroach so if you have 0.05% of Fipornil in the ingredients, it can kill thousands of roaches.
However, if you have a large infestation, this formula won’t work. Your pest control company mind consider using high dosage of pesticide to make it work. It all depends on how much infestation you have.
Level of Infestation
You should select product based on how much infestation you have. That does not mean you have to count roaches all day long. But you can have a better understanding of the situation if you check beneath kitchen cabinet, sink to get an idea.
As a general rule of thumb, if you can see roaches roaming outside in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. You have a large infestation, there might be thousands of roaches hiding in crack and crevice.
Pick products based on level of infestation as I said above. For high infestation, use high dosage products and for medium to low level infestation, use medium to low dosage. Simple enough!
There is a lot of buzz about “Natural Products” in pest control market. To be fair just doing everything natural won’t work. You have to use some sort of insecticide dosage to control high roach infestation.
How you are using the Trap?
The effectiveness of roach trap also depend on how you are using it. First and foremost, you should figure out places where with highest amount of infestation.
You have to place the trap where it is easily accessible to cockroaches. If you place it on the wrong places, you won’t be able to get any control.
Reading label is very necessary. Most companies update label based on user feedback and severe testing and tweaking so it becomes very handy if you are serious about getting control.
Cockroach Trap Vs Spray
Believe it or not, spray is more popular than trap because it is easy to just open up a spray bottle and spray it everywhere.
Spray works on contact or as repellent. When scientist studied cockroach biology and behavior, it became very clear that spray won’t work to get substantial control.
Let me give you an example: Cockroaches like to hide in cracks and crevices i.e places that you can’t access with a spray.
On top of that, it is impossible to cover every place with a spray, you might miss some areas and they can reorganize and increase their population in your home within a couple of weeks.
Believe it or not, yo are contaminating your home with dangerous pesticides without getting little to no control. You should be very careful using a spray for cockroaches. I do not recommend to use spray either.
Contrary to above, Trap and baits work differently. It use their biology against them and spread poison throughout infestation to get maximum control without contaminating your house with pesticides.
Let’s be fair, nothing is 100% free and safe when it comes to pest control. You have to sacrifice for some chemicals in exchange with pests free home!
Trap aren’t pesticide free, they use bait which might not be good for health but the good thing is that you don’t have to spray! Insecticide is consumed by roaches and they are killed in very clean environment.
Even some professional pest management professional use traps to control roaches. If you use trap according to the label and with proper care, you shouldn’t get in trouble in the first place.
Cockroach Infestation Spread So Fast
Cockroaches are mostly active during summer time. One female cockroach can lay up to 30 eggs a week. Imagine if you have a couple hundreds cockroaches, they are increasing 50% every week!
This is the reason, you have to prepare yourself for summer season and use strategy to not let them spread their wings and increase infestation which can be turned into a nightmare.