Are you afraid to turn on the lights at night? As soon as the lights turn off, from the shadows appear those horrible roaches, like little villains in an old black and white film. The tiny crumbs you accidentally left behind from dinner suddenly become the main dish featured at their new Cockroach Nightclub. You need to put a stop to their terrorism, but how? It’s time to break out the bait station and take back your night.
There are multiple types of bait stations. The most common come with an outer plastic container–the actual station– which helps keep children and pets from reaching the poison or insects within it. The station is designed so that only roaches and insects the same size can enter and take the bait. Some trap the roach inside while others allow the roach to take the bait back to their nest. With all of your choices for roach pest control on the market, the bait stations are the safest to use around your family. No matter which one you choose though, it is advisable to keep any bait station far from the reach of children and pets.
Choosing The Right Roach Bait Station
There are multiple types of bait stations on the market. Oftentimes the only real difference in them is the manufacturer and their mix of bait and pesticides. Some of the more common bait stations are:
- Sticky paper
Disc Bait Stations
Disc Stations are one of the more common and are the easiest to use. They come in multiple sizes from a few inches wide to the size of your hand. The smaller sizes are perfect for placing under furniture or in closets without being too noticeable. The larger stations are great to use in the garage or the front or backyard. Roaches enter the bait trap and nibble a little of the bait. Then roaches take it back to their nests to share. Typically it’s nice to share, but in this case, sharing is deadly. Nice for you, but not so nice for the unsuspecting roaches. Ah… too bad.
The poison within a roach bait station is typically low in toxicity but should be kept away from children and pets. When placing bait stations, roaches tend to follow close to the walls, so consider placing them in the corners of your rooms for the best result.
Roach Traps or Roach Hotels
Roach traps–also known as roach hotels–are a roaches worst nightmare. A roach is lured inside the trap by the tantalizing smell of something delicious. All of the sudden there’s no way out. As tricky and smart as a roach is, they can’t break free of these types of traps. One by one, roaches follow their friends inside to see if they can get a piece of whatever smells good, only to find out that they too can’t escape. The upside of this trap is you don’t have to use any poisons. The bait is whatever you choose to use inside. The trap is reusable, so you don’t have to keep buying more bait traps, like the bait stations or sticky traps. The downside is you have to kill the roaches yourself once they’re trapped inside, or you can keep them inside until they are dead.
This particular trap might be a healthier option since you don’t have to use pesticides if you don’t want but keep in mind roaches are one of the main carriers of Salmonella, Shigella, and Cryptosporidium parvum bacteria that cause diarrheal diseases. Although the roaches are contained, you still want to keep these traps far from the reach of children and pets just to be on the safe side.
Sticky traps are used for all types of pest control issues. Sticky traps are a little more cumbersome to use. When using these types of traps, be sure to keep them far out of the reach of children, pets… and feet, definitely feet. Once they catch you, you’re stuck. The upside is anything that crosses one also becomes hopelessly stuck, so they’re also great for any other pests that drop by your home uninvited. They are environmentally safe, so you don’t have to worry about any poisons.
All three traps are good options. Choosing one depends on your situation. Yet if roaches are just too disgusting to deal with on your own, then you might want to consider calling a residential pest control professional. The professionals at AIPM know how to send your roaches packing. Their expert team of exterminators can remove all of your unwanted pests and vermin without you having to worry. Don’t let roaches drive you buggy, call AIPM and schedule an appointment today. Don’t forget to request a free estimate today!
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