Cockroach Tray baiting tips


August 10, 2013

  • Use a dot-shaped sticker to record the date when the tray was installed. Peal-and-stick dots of various sizes and colors are available at many office supply stores and can be used to discreetly mark and identify locations where control devices such as cockroach bait stations and sticky traps might be hidden from view. They also can help technicians find such locations quickly and easily during subsequent service.
  • Place bait trays in corners. This helps to intercept cockroaches that travel along structural edges and cues within the account.
  • The back of the bait tray should be flush to the surface on which it rests. Avoid creating a crack or crevice that might cause the cockroaches to use the bait placement as a harborage, rather than a feeding location. Cockroaches might foul bait placements with fecal matter, rendering the bait nonattractive or causing other cockroaches to not feed on bait.
  • Place baits on horizontal and vertical surfaces. Think three-dimensionally when controlling cockroaches. While it might be difficult to understand, the cockroach lives in a 3D world, and its abilities transcend our need for maintaining an upright position.
  • Install baits in isolated zones per label directions. For example, if a cabinet has four separate or partitioned shelf areas, you need four bait trays. Place bait trays so cockroaches will interact with them.
  • Protect the tray in dusty or greasy areas. Tuck the tray into folded cardboard and wrap a rubber band around it. Keep the bait snugly inside. Keep baits clean and palatable when placing them in protected areas. However, sometimes it’s necessary to create such protected areas ourselves.
  • As a security precaution, place a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the tray’s top surface. Occasionally, you’ll encounter a situation in which your control products are missing, particularly in commercial accounts. Sometimes these items have been “borrowed” by someone who has a pest problem at home.
  • Store unused product in a sealed bag or container to avoid contact with other pesticide odors. Certain bait products can absorb or be rendered nonattractive by pesticide or other odors.
  • Keep product out of the reach of pets, small children and mentally challenged adults. Sometimes we dismiss certain directions as common sense. Nevertheless, be careful when using all pesticide products.
  • Avoid placement or storage areas with excessive steam and humidity. The bait will grow mold quickly. Baits need to remain palatable to work. Mind the environment in which you place baits to ensure they’re not ruined by local conditions.
  • Don’t just discard remaining bait in the trash. Any bait is best wrapped in its packaging wrapper before discarding.
  • Cleaning up helps enhance baiting results. For the bait to be significantly effective, it must be placed between the cockroach harborage and where they normally eat. When folks know why they’re supposed to do something, you have a better chance of them doing what you recommend. As such, tell them why you’re recommending increased sanitation efforts. When they get it, you’ll see the difference.


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