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So. You’ve got roaches. They’re sort of in control. And even when you kill them, it feels a lot like a game of whack a mole.

Before throwing up your hands or beginning to worry about the cost of a professional exterminator, let’s look at another option: cockroach traps.

In the short guide below, you’ll learn about some of the best roach traps you can buy, as well as some you can simply make for free. You’ll also learn how they work, along with some important pros and cons.

Ready? Lets go!

Three Kinds of Traps: Sticky Traps, Poisoned Bait Traps, & Mechanical Traps

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Being wily creatures that do a lot of harm, it shouldn’t be surprising to lớn learn that a variety of traps have been designed over the years to deal with them. All traps use some size of glue, poison, body-damaging powder, or mechanical method to vì chưng the job, and each focuses on one of three outcomes or combination of them:

Killing roaches one at a time.Going after the colony.Providing intelligence about cockroach populations that can inform a “big gun” strategy later on.

We’ll begin with the most basic cockroach trap—sticky traps.

Roach Sticky Traps

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Cockroach sticky traps may appear to lớn be a little primitive, but used properly, they’re one of the smartest pest control purchases you can make.

Good for reducing low-level infestations & catching the occasional straggler or two, they won’t wipe out a colony on their own. Instead, they complement more aggressive strategies nicely. Tucked inside a kitchen cabinet or under your refrigerator, a cockroach sticky trap becomes a sort of watchful sentry—quietly, ruthlessly killing roaches one-by-one, possibly for years.

But to lớn see where sticky cockroach traps really shine, you need khổng lồ give them a whirl at monitoring.

With as few as half a dozen, they’ll show you not only how bad your cockroach problem is, but where to lớn concentrate your efforts.

Sticky roach traps are dead-simple to use, cheap for what they do, and assuming you don’t buy something weird, pesticide-free. The only downsides are occasionally getting glue on your hands, and the likelihood of catching other creepy crawlies (like mice) you may not have intended to.

Here are some sticky traps worth pointing out:

1. Exterminator’s Choice Insect Glue Traps

With an all-natural, non-pheromone cockroach lure, Exterminator’s Choice glue traps are about as simple as glue roach traps get. They’re relatively inexpensive, long-lasting, and designed for roach-sized creatures, not for every small critter (like mice) that might happen to lớn cross their path.

Fold them along the creases và simply leave these baited boxes wherever you’ve seen roach activity—behind appliances, along walls & under furniture.

ProsCons
Designed for insectsBetter for monitoring than aggressive roach control
Highly effective natural lureBait application will be confusing for some
Large. Reliable. Eco-friendly materialsLarge form size makes these more costly to use in bulk
2. Victor Roach Pheromone Trap

A variation on the basic cockroach sticky trap design, the Victor Roach Pheromone Trap includes entry points on the sides and top. Lượt thích the Exterminator’s Choice trap, it’s designed for insects, not other kinds of pests. But unlike Exterminator’s Choice, it uses a roach-attracting pheromone lớn lure the roaches in.

ProsCons
Designed for insects, easy to set upSmaller size, can catch fewer roaches
Attractive bulk pricingBulk packaging may not be right for all
Effective pheromone lure
3. đen Flag Roach Motel

The đen Flag Roach Motel adds a bit of polish lớn the cockroach glue trap design. With this famous roach motel, the roaches are lured deep inside where, after being caught, you never have lớn see them again.

ProsCons
Super simple & cleanMore expensive than standard glue traps
Large kích thước can trap more roachesLarger openings catch unintended creatures, too
4. A Homemade Roach Trap with Duct Tape and Bait

This easy homemade glue trap for roaches might seem way too simple khổng lồ work, but don’t count it out until you see it in action.

To make a duct tape cockroach trap, you flip a piece of duct tape upside down, place a glob of peanut butter in the center. Roaches come for the bait và stay because they get stuck khổng lồ the duct tape. Place your DIY roach trap tape along a wall or in a cupboard for the best results.

ProsCons
Dirt cheapCatches roaches, but not as effectively
Handy & you might have some on handRequires additional time & effort
Unattractive và sticks lớn anything that moves

Poison Cockroach Bait Traps

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Poison roach bait traps are tremendously effective cockroach-killing tools. Unlike roach sticky traps, which target roaches individually, roach bait traps have active ingredients that slowly poison the roaches that eat it, then spread to and poison the colony itself.

5. Advion Cockroach Gel Bait

Advion is an effective, highly regarded gel bait popular with both homeowners and professional exterminators. Formulated with its own pheromone lure, it’s easy lớn use & so potent that a handful of well-placed drops can often eliminate a small or self-contained infestation (see more about Advion Cockroach Gel Bait here).

Advion is usually just deposited in trouble areas, but you can also create a trap-like bait station with minimal mess. Just place a single drop inside a large matchbox & you’re good khổng lồ go until it dries up after a few weeks, after which you simply re-apply.

ProsCons
Extremely attractive baitDifficult to lớn measure short-term results
Powerful insecticide can spread khổng lồ multiple roachesWon’t work if roaches can find other food sources
Can be used as part of your ongoing defense, tooDrops must be spread out khổng lồ cover all target areas to be successful
6. Combat Roach Killing Bait Station

If you want to avoid dropping gel bait around your home (because of pets or curious kids), opt for Combat Roach Bait Stations. Like roach motels, these self-contained traps leave nothing exposed.

Roaches crawl in, eat the bait và leave… until the poison kills them later. There’s no mess & no danger of kids getting their hands on the chemicals.

ProsCons
Child-proof & pet-safeMore expensive than applicator gel bait
Can kill many roaches before the bait is goneRoaches might be hesitant khổng lồ enter the traps
7. Natural Roach Trap: Boric Acid và Peanut Butter

You can put together an effective DIY cockroach trap without relying on dangerous pesticides. Boric acid is a natural compound that’s deadly to lớn any cockroach that eats it.

With just a little peanut butter and a dash of boric acid powder, you’ve created a simple roach killer that’s kid-safe, pet-safe & easy to lớn use. Drop dabs of the miracle mixture into bottle caps & place them wherever roaches like to run.

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See the full Roach-Free Recipe: Boric Acid & Peanut Butter Bait for Roaches

ProsCons
Good for your walletHard lớn measure success in the first 1–2 weeks
Safe for humans and petsWon’t defeat larger cockroach infestations on its own
8. CimeXa Insecticidal Dust Trap

This one’s another simple, homemade bait trap.

Place a dollop of peanut butter, a piece of a banana peel or a similarly sweet bait in the center of a paper plate. Then, sprinkle CimeXa insecticide dust all around the bait on the plate. Gently place the plate where roaches can easily reach it.

Hungry roaches will crawl across the CimeXa to lớn eat the bait, picking up the insecticide dust and eating it later when they groom themselves.

See the full Roach-Free Recipe: How to lớn Kill Roaches with Insecticidal Dust

ProsCons
Very little CimeXa needed per applicationDelayed kill, so it’s difficult khổng lồ measure early progress
Safe for people and petsWill require many applications
9. Harris Boric Acid Roach Tablets

Harris Roach Tablets put boric acid traps in easy-to-use tablet form. Place these pill-sized tablets anywhere roaches are bothering you—storage rooms, kitchen cabinets and even wall cavities.

After roaches feed on them, they’ll scurry back khổng lồ their hiding place where, if you’re lucky, they’ll spread the boric acid to lớn other roaches. These tablets are excellent complements to lớn other sticky or mechanical traps.

ProsCons
Long-lasting if kept dryShouldn’t use around pets or small children
Easy lớn conceal but powerful against roachesNeed to be placed in areas where roaches are active
10. Roach Cookies: All-Natural DIY Roach Trap

Another boric acid recipe khổng lồ kill cockroaches, this one comes in the size of “cookies”—circles of dough that attract roaches with sugar and flour and kill them with the insecticide. It only takes đôi mươi minutes lớn put together these roach-killing treats và hide them wherever the bugs are active.

Get the full Roach-Free Recipe: Roach Cookies: An Easy, Natural Recipe for Killing Roaches

ProsCons
Inexpensive, simple, natural ingredientsLarger infestations will require additional treatments
“Cookies” can be left out for several weeksCould cause avoidance if placed too close together
11. Hot Shot Liquid Roach Bait Traps

Instead of food-scented sticky pads or powdered bait, Hot Shot Liquid Roach Baits contain—you guessed it—liquid insecticide. Cockroaches need lots of water khổng lồ survive and liquid baits take advantage of that fact khổng lồ make themselves even more attractive to lớn these pests.

Rotate liquid bait stations with other baits so the roaches don’t start avoiding the traps.

ProsCons
Attracts roaches with bait and waterTend not to last as long as other traps
Looks better than other trapsWear eye protection: users report some liquid spraying out when opened

Mechanical Roach Traps

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Mechanical traps involve a bit more ingenuity, either from the manufacturer who makes them or from you if you’re going lớn make one yourself. These devices can pay off by catching roaches without chemicals or potentially messy glues—and in the case of homemade cockroach traps, with just a few inexpensive household ingredients.

12. Jar và Petroleum Jelly DIY Cockroach Trap

Jar traps rely on potent bait & slippery sides to lure roaches into the jar and prevent them from climbing out. With a smelly bait at the bottom & sides smeared with petroleum jelly, this homemade cockroach trap can catch dozens of roaches—and it’s reusable!

Tip: Use a jar with a narrow neck for a trap that’s safe for pets, who can’t squeeze their curious snouts through the opening!

ProsCons
Cheap và simpleRequires daily emptying và resetting
Can catch multiple roachesCould be difficult to lớn entice roaches into the jar
13. A Homemade Cockroach Trap With a Beer Bottle and Oil

Save your last sip of beer (or wine) và use it lớn trap roaches! Research has shown that the smells of beer & wine attract these bugs just as well as leftover food. Once cockroaches venture in, the tall bottle, coated inside with slippery oil, traps roaches for good.

ProsCons
Preparation involves enjoying your favorite beer or wineResults vary when using tall bottles; roaches might be hesitant
Can trap multiple bugsYou probably can’t empty it khổng lồ catch more roaches
14. 2-Liter Soda Bottle Trap

Maybe you prefer soda khổng lồ beer—that’s perfect because a 2-liter soda bottle can transform into a great homemade roach trap!

Cut the vị trí cao nhất off the bottle, right where it rounds out to its full width. Rub petroleum jelly inside the đứng top half of the bottle (and the bottleneck). Then, place some bait at the bottom of the bottle, slide the vị trí cao nhất section upside-down into the bottom section & wait for roaches to climb in after the bait.

ProsCons
Room for plenty of roaches lớn climb inSome assembly required
Inexpensive (and potentially fun) project for kids khổng lồ help out withRoaches might be hesitant khổng lồ climb large bottles
15. Electric Cockroach Trap

Electric roach traps, like this one from ZoarC, are relatively new and “high-tech” entries in the pest control market. They work lượt thích glue traps, attracting roaches with bait và trapping them inside. However, electric traps zap the bugs with electricity lớn kill them.

This is mostly unnecessary (they’re trapped anyway) but welcome if the sight of squirming roaches gives you nightmares!

ProsCons
Able to trap & kill many roachesYou still have to empty the trap khổng lồ reuse it
Uses little electricityElectric devices might break at any time

Choosing the Best Roach Traps for your Needs và Putting Them khổng lồ Work

Cockroach traps vày a few tasks really well & one task better than any other tool.

The Best Cockroach Traps for Monitoring and Controlling Low-Level Infestations: Exterminator’s Choice Sticky Traps

Exterminator’s Choice traps are attractive khổng lồ roaches, plenty sticky, & big enough lớn monitor even larger infestations. Like other roach glue traps, you don’t want khổng lồ depend on these lớn wipe out a significant cockroach problem, but to lớn keep cockroach populations down & supplement other, more aggressive methods (see below).

The Best Roach Traps for Wiping Out a Colony: Advion Cockroach Gel

While better advertised consumer products like roach motels are often good enough to vị the job, the best roach bait traps come from the world of professional pest control. With Advion Cockroach Gel, you’ll get a professional-level bait that you can use to make a trap or use outside of one. Either way, it’s highly effective, hitting your roach problem directly at its source.

Conclusion

Cockroach traps are often the simplest ways to lớn start eliminating roaches. They’re great for identifying và monitoring an infestation and kill plenty of cockroaches, too.

The examples on this list will help you start trapping quickly so you can begin eliminating cockroaches for good.