How to Trap and Get Rid of Cockroaches

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

What Are Cockroach Traps?

Homeowners looking to identify a possible infestation can use cockroach traps. Most of these devices feature bait or a type of attractant that lures the pests and adhesive that prevents them from moving when coming into contact with the trap. Residents can place traps indoors or outside.

Not a Control Method

Sticky cockroach bait traps are a good monitoring tool, but not a good way to get rid of cockroaches. Based on the limitations of their size and design, they often fail to catch more than a few insects at a time. However, when employed in the right way, a cockroach trap can still play a role in dealing with pest infestations.

How to Use Cockroach Traps Correctly

The best time to use a cockroach trap is in the identification stage. Homeowners who don’t know the cause of an insect problem or aren’t sure where the pests are hiding can lay down sticky traps. These devices catch the offending pests, confirming not only the presence, but also the relative number of cockroaches in the location where the trap was placed.

Location is key with a cockroach bait trap. Several spots in homes typically have high pest activity. Underneath kitchen appliances and in cupboards, bathrooms, and basements are all good choices. Small, dark droppings may mark frequent cockroach hangouts.

Removal

People who find cockroaches in their homes and gardens should contact pest control professionals to discuss the next steps. Orkin offers a variety of removal services that target cockroaches where they live and offer homeowners relief from the obnoxious pests.

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