Roach bait is a form of roach control that works against all the natural instincts of a roach in order to kill it, and in some cases it will also kill roaches that live with it. This type of roach trap is one that lures roaches in, but it doesn't kill them right then and there. Instead, roach baits offer the roach a nice, flat place to slip into, just like the doors they crawl under and the crevices they like to hide in. Then, the roach bait provides them with a food that is laced with poison. The roach eats it and crawls away back to his nest where he dies.
Most roach baits are also made to kill the other roaches that live in the nest. The bait is made to be easy for the roach to chew away a piece of it and to carry it away back to the nest. Many roaches carry a piece back to feed their young, and the poison will kill those roaches as well. However, many of the roaches that are killed by roach bait are actually killed by eating the dead roach's poison-laden feces. That's another instinct of roaches that can be used against them, if a particularly disgusting one.
For homes where there are children, there are child resistant roach baits that are made so that children can't fit fingers inside to get ahold of the poison. Some roach baits are made specifically for large roaches. These have larger openings to accommodate larger bugs. Small roach baits are made specifically for smaller bugs with smaller, tighter openings to lure smaller roaches inside where they will feel safe and concealed.
Roach baits work without poisonous fumes and they aren't hazardous to most pets. A home with large dogs who like to chew may have a problem with using roach baits, however.
Each bait is good for a specific amount of time, after which it will lose its effectiveness. The timeframe may range anywhere from three months to a year, depending on the manufacturer and model. Check the label to find out how long a roach bait works if you need long-term roach control.
Roach bait may be best for killing roaches in your home if:
You may not find roach bait ideal for your roach infestation if: