Another weapon in your arsenal that you can use to fight cockroach infestations is the Combat roach trap. I recommend using them for smaller jobs where you don’t have a huge cockroach population and it is isolated to certain areas of your home like the kitchen or the garage.
The nice thing about the Combat traps is that there is no mess involved, as there is with spreading boric acid powder, and there is no risk of staining your floors as there is with cockroach killing gel.
The traps are square little self-contained units that come in packs of four or eight, and they are not individually packaged so you will have to use them all at the same time. Once opened, the bait starts to deteriorate and it only lasts for 3 to 6 months so don’t plan on using a couple of them and storing the rest for later.
The bait is like candy to cockroaches
I will warn you that the traps do have a noticeable smell, but that also means that the roaches go absolutely crazy for them. Just put two or three traps down wherever you see the cockroaches. The best places to put them are under sinks and in the space between the refrigerator in the wall the wall, and the places where you see them scurry to get away.
The roaches absolutely love the smell and taste of these things, and a lot of times after people put them out they will actually see the roaches running towards the trap because they are so enticed by it. They don’t even care that the light is on or that you are there, that is how attractive they are to it. Sometimes you will even see a bunch of roaches all eating debate at the same time.
The Combat traps kill roaches by both ingestion and touch, and after they touch the bait and return to their nests they will spread the poison to the other cockroaches, speeding the time it takes to get rid of the whole lot.
A warning for pet owners
If you have pets, I would advise you not to use these traps. Animals, especially dogs, tend to love the taste of this bait just as much as the roaches. I thought I had put my traps in places that my dog could not reach, but he got a hold of one and tore the whole thing up. Combat says poison is not dangerous to mammals the of ingested in small amounts, but it is certainly not good for them either.
For large roach infestations, I recommend boric acid
If you have a big roach infestation I would recommend forgoing the bait traps and going straight for the big guns. Boric acid roach killer is in my opinion the most effective way to get rid of a significant roach problem. You can reference my article on the best ways to kill cockroaches for more information on that.