Whether you live in a home or an apartment, you may find you have a cockroach problem. Cockroaches are one of nature’s toughest insects; they’ve evolved very little from prehistoric days and have an incredible ability to survive. Cockroaches love environments that provide shelter from cool temperatures, a moderately high humidity level and are close to food and water sources. In other words, they like to live in the same conditions as humans and pets. Your Options
If you discover these unnerving insects dwelling in your domicile, you have several options available to you. The first is to hire an exterminator or pest control company
. This locks you into a monthly contract, and it requires the exterminator to have access to your home or apartment during the day when you may not be readily available. In addition, if you live in a duplex, multiplex or apartment building, spraying your area won’t stop the roaches from coming back in if the other residents don’t take care of their areas as well.
Roach sprays and foggers can be applied as “do it yourself” solutions, but these often require you to vacate your home or apartment for several hours after use. They also tend to have a noxious odor, and they aren’t all that effective. Cockroaches live in the dark – they crawl into cupboards, the crevice between baseboards and walls and even into the circuitry of appliances or electronic devices. These roaches emerge at night to eat and return to their hiding places whenever there is light. In order to kill these roaches, you have to outmaneuver them. The Solution Advion Cockroach Bait
provides an excellent solution to the cockroach problem. Manufactured by DuPont, it is a commercial-strength, toxic gel that attracts all species of cockroaches. It contains a proprietary formula that serves two purposes:
Gel Bait Features
- it is an anti-repellant, so even cockroaches that have adapted sufficiently to avoid other gel bait products will eat this, and
- it converts to a new molecule once inside the roach’s digestive tract, making it lethal to roaches but not as toxic to beneficial insects, such as honeybees or ladybugs.
The gel is active both indoors and outside. This feature allows it to be applied easily in areas that may be hidden from sight or that offer cockroaches access to your home, such as underneath the sink or in a pantry area. The cockroaches ingest this bait and then return to their nests. However, research by Purdue University indicates that once they have returned back home, the roaches first contaminate the other roaches before they die. One roach that has ingested the bait can infect up to three additional roaches, creating a chain reaction that results in controlling up to 54 roaches. This matrix effect means a fast and thorough kill of resident populations. Moreover, the gel stays effective for up to two months. Is It Safe?
This product can be used safely in a household with children or pets. There are no fumes, odors or toxic residues left behind on furniture and fixtures, a problem that occurs after using sprays or foggers. It presents a very low hazard level when used according to label directions, has been approved for use in commercial food handling environments and is accepted as harmless to the environment in every state but Hawaii. One package of Advion Cockroach Bait
provides four 1.06 ounce tubes of gel. In heavily infested homes, apply 3 to 5 spots of the gel bait for every 10 linear feet of floor surface. Refresh the applications as they are consumed, until all traces of the roach infestation is gone.