In this article we will review the best cockroach traps available in the market and provide tips on how to increase the chances of trapping, and eventually getting rid of those sneaky roaches.
Cockroach trap is one of the oldest roach products available in the market and used by many at home daily. It is cheap and very easy to set up. Disposal is also effortless and most importantly, users don’t have to deal with cleaning after any dead roach after math.
Here’s a general overview of the pros and cons of using roach traps:
WHERE to place roach traps
Strategic placement or roach traps are vital in ensuring the effectiveness and success rate. A rule of thumb would be to plant these traps directly in the path of your target pests.
Here’s a quick breakdown for some of the best spots at home to place the traps:
- Along the walls (as cockroaches seek comfort in crawling against the wall and you will not find them in the middle of the room)
- At the opening between the living room and the kitchen
- Area between the refrigerator and appliance
- Kitchen cupboards (especially the ones mounted against a corner of the house)
- Beside the microwave and coffee machine
- Inside the closets (place the traps in a corner, holes in the corner will allow the roaches to crawl into the wardrobe)
- Behind large household appliances (such as a television)
Where to AVOID placing roach traps
And here are some places to avoid:
- Avoid placing traps on areas where trap can get wet (i.e. Sinks & Drainpipe)
- Most of the roach traps are made using cupboard material, hence the trap won’t hold up against water splashes over time
- The sticky substance will also lose its effectiveness when it comes into contact with water
It has a tag line that perfectly encapsulates what the product is about – ‘Roaches check in but they don’t check out’ -making a guarantee that the trap will be effective in getting rid of the unwanted pests in your homes.
The Roach Motel also promises to trap continuously for four months without you needing to change the trap as out of sight, out of mind, the dead carcasses will be hidden from view.
Pro-tip: Once the bottom of the box gets filled up, simply turn it over and let more roaches turn up at the motel.
Some reviewers also used the trap in conjunction with boric acid to maximize the efficiency of this trap and to get rid of the roaches promptly.
The bigger cardboard trap can be used on its own as a super trap or split up into smaller traps that are placed in different locations to strategically target all the possible roach traffic places. The complementary backing helps you to keep the trap in place.
What makes this product different from most other roach trap is that it uses no insecticide but still manages to trap those pesky pests.
Pro-tip: Pair this product with the Trapper Roach Attractant Tablets to make product twice as effective.
It is one of the prettiest looking roach trap in the market. Contrary to other roach products available, this roach trap comes in a light vibrant color that surprisingly mask the ‘dirty’ task well.
Families with kids in the house will definitely like this.
Pro-tip: If you find bait not working, switch bait with something sweet to lure them into the trap.
Each purchase comes with six traps for you to replace as and when needed (which should be about once every six months).
Note: The cut-out flap that is supposed to go into the slit might not go in very easily and some patience is require to ensure that you do not tear the trap in the process of fitting it in.
Pro-tips: To make the bait more attractive to the roaches, consider smearing peanut butter in the middle of the trap to lure them in.
Some users reviewed that it’s actually pretty scary to discover how many bugs are crawling inside the house.
Side note: If you can get your hands on the older version of this product, you might be able to get more bang for your buck. The new and improved version has had feedback that due to cost-cutting issues, less material goes into making the traps making it more flimsy and less sturdy.
[May: The shipping fee for this product might end up being higher than the product itself so wait for free shipping days (but we understand that roach problems cannot wait).]
For the inner aesthetically minded homeowner, the Cockroach Trap Sticky Glue will be a good investment as it blends into the surroundings with its thoughtfully designed trap.
It also boasts the functionality of all the other traps, where it uses a non-toxic food attractant to lure the cockroaches inside before trapping them and providing an easy way of disposable for you.
Note: Be careful to not come in direct contact of the glue, as the stickiness of it is great for long-lasting effects but not too kind to fingers.
DIY Roach Traps
Roach traps are meant to be simple and effective; besides the commercially available ones you can try making your own.
The one that we are going to share with you makes use of household items that are lying around at home so no extra materials are required.
- Find two soft drink bottles to begin with, cut in a straight line at the position where the bottles start to curve.
- Smear Vaseline or cooking oil around the inside of the bottle while making sure you do not get any on the outside.
- Invert the top part of the bottle where it was cut into two and fit it into the bottom part of the bottle such that it acts as a funnel.
- Tape the edges with heavy-duty tape to secure the position and to stop the roaches from devising a plan and escaping from this homemade trap.
- Use more tape to make a leading path for the roaches to get into the trap.
- Soak a piece of bread in beer* to be used as the bait to attract the roaches into the trap
- Strategically place the bottle in areas such as under the sink and in corners where roaches are most likely to appear.
- Leave it out for a night; remember roaches crawl along the walls and not in the center of the room, therefore position matters
- Check the traps in the morning and clear whenever necessary
- Replace the bait once every few days as the bread will turn moldy very fast
- Set up the trap again and repeat the entire process over some time until there are no more signs of cockroaches in your living quarters
Note: The roaches might only be trapped in the bottle and still show signs of life, to get rid of them completely, pour the contents of the bottle in hot soapy water and empty in the garbage bin.
* If you do not wish to use the bread + beer combination, go ahead and experiment by switching it with something sweet like peanut butter (which is sweet and starchy).
>> In case you are wondering why beer was chosen, be sure to check out this blog where we share 23 fascinating facts about roaches.
>> Also check out the DIY Beer Roach Trap here (item #10)
Final words and tips
It is always a good idea to constantly switch and use a variety of brands for any types of roach killer products. The same is true for roach traps, switching between brands can help to complement one another’s pros and cons.
[May: Once a particular brand of roach trap proves to work, we usually increase our order quantity (cheaper to buy multi-pack versions) and switch location to place at home with other brands of roach traps.]
If a trap fails to attract roaches, try adding something sweet on the sticky pad as lure (our go to lure is peanut butter). Also ensure the area where you place the roach trap is free from pesticides or any roach repellent (even the natural items at home can be repulsive to roaches).
If roaches enter roach trap but still managed to exit, check the stick pad. The trap might be full or the stick pad is no longer sticky.
Roaches trapped might not die immediately, so it’s a good practice to clear the traps regularly and ensure that they get disposed of before they escape.
Some people spray a layer of roach spray before disposing the roach trap to ensure the roaches are dead and do not escape (we simply wrap the used roach trap into a plastic bag before disposing).
Don’t be too quick to give up if the first placement doesn’t work. Also spend some time to think through and observe the situation. Try switching spots to place trap as well.
Give it a try and let us know your experiences in the comment! Cheers.