Certain species of cockroaches, ants, and crickets are pests that often establish reproductive populations within homes. Insect pests that are capable of living indoors indefinitely are relatively difficult to control for a number of reasons. Most insect species that frequently nest and reproduce indoors are in the habit of sheltering within inaccessible spaces like wall voids. Domestic insect pests have also become very well adapted to live comfortably in homes alongside their human cohabitants. Several control measures are necessary in order to effectively eliminate infestations of indoor-dwelling insect pests, especially when it comes to roaches, ants and crickets. Baits are favored by pest control professionals for controlling infestations of roaches, ants and crickets, especially when an extensive infestation needs to be remedied.

Professional-grade bait products use particular attractants to lure insect pests to poisoned food. Although the poison in insect pest bait is often synthetic, baits are preferred by many homeowners and pest control professionals alike for being very low in toxicity. A variety of different types of chemicals are used for baiting insect pests. For example, insect growth regulators are insecticides that mimic the natural growth hormones of insect pests, resulting in sterility or death. Controlling roach, ant and cricket pests with bait is not as easy as simply placing bait stations in random indoor areas, and extensive infestations usually require professional pest control intervention.

In order to use baits effectively, bait stations should be placed in areas where cockroach, ant or cricket pests have established, and/or are most likely to establish an indoor harborage. Cockroaches, ants and crickets require high moisture conditions with temperatures as low as 70 and as high as 95 degrees in order to thrive. Within homes, they often congregate in crawl spaces, beneath kitchen appliances and within wall voids where pipe condensation or leaks provide favorable conditions for eggs and developing offspring. Baits should only be placed within homes where alternate sources of food and shelter are prevalent in the interior environment. This is because roaches, ants and crickets will not consume baits if an abundance of alternate food sources like garbage and rotting food are abundant in the environment.

Have you ever had your home treated with bait stations?