Roach Baiting At A Bar? Maybe You Should Pour Yourself A Drink

I love baiting for roaches- it is a valuable tool and when it comes to german roaches we need all the help we can get. What I don’t agree with is technicians, companies or groups who insist on baiting only for german roach control. It DOESN’T work and often times the customer is left out in the cold still infested with the problem and now perhaps disillusioned with pest control as a profession.

One worry-well one of many worries some have with sprays is that roaches suddenly become immune and you need to change your concoctions with each service or you’ll fall behind in your pest control efforts. That’s a subject for another day I guess but what I don’t hear enough of is professionals putting baiting in its rightful place. Baits now days are better than ever, they taste better (to a roach) hold up in more adverse situations and can even kill multiple times just from one roach ingesting a lethal dose. Yep, one roach who eats today’s products passes in along in its fecal matter which other roaches eeek, eat and those roaches do the same and before you know it most or all are dying from a single feeding. To me that’s progress and a tool I want to use but when I see a tech walk into a place with just a bait gun, well, let’s just say I think he or she needs a little refresher on what other tools are available.

To many times I see gobs of bait strewn all around with german roaches not far away. I’m not sure if they get immune to the bait (haven’t read any studies on that, hmmm) or if there is too many other choices for the roaches dining pleasure. Could it be the palatability just wears away and the dang bug won’t eat it? What ever the reason the roaches seem no worse for the wear. Rather than break out some other form of control product these techs keep reverting back to their precious gun and apply more globs of useless baits. After awhile it gets down right embarrassing to look in a cabinet or up under a sink. It’s even more disconcerting to think that a trained professional is so limited or trapped in their tunnel visioned approach that they won’t even consider using 99.94% water and .06% of a liquid pesticide because of some company policy or using a B&G sprayer will somehow knock them off of the green tree they so desperately want to be on.

OK, so I’ll get off the green bashing and for good measure I’ll leave the dreaded sprayer out of this one too. But there still is a bunch of other great products and things we can do to supplement our baiting and I’ve put together a quick little video to highlight two of my favorites. This is a restaurant we just picked up and the video had to be quasi smuggled so it’s not the greatest quality but I’m sure you’ll get the point. So sit back, pour yourself a cold one and check out two of my favorite tools I like to use in commercial pest control. Bottoms up!

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • Actisol machine with NyGuard IGR, works like a champ! I also LOVE Avert, no sticky mess its dry and really works great.

  • Now we’re cooking–what kind of stuff have you got in your stock room. Do I need to call in the inspectors?

  • Now we’re cooking–what kind of stuff have you got in your stock room. Do I need to call in the inspectors?

  • Now we’re cooking–what kind of stuff have you got in your stock room. Do I need to call in the inspectors?

  • Bryan

    Doc –

    I too like dry Avert, and Nygard in my Injecticide unit (a generic Actisol.) I REALLY like to mix a little PBO-8, Conquer and Nygard in mineral oil for clean-outs. It leaves a residual, has the IGR and gives a QUICK knockdown.

    Now don’t laugh, but I’ve never used the aerosol boric acid I saw in your video – unless it’s the same product as the old Whitmire Tri-Die.

  • Hey Bryan,
    Never heard of the ‘injecticide’ machine. Love that name & I’d bet the price is better than the actisol. Believe me- I’m not laughing. I swore off boric acid in a can for years when they tooh PT 240 & Trie Die off the shelfs. Now they’re back and I’m using the teeny cans of Trie Die now and they too can still be a mess so I wear gloves. But it doesn’t clog up 1/10th of the times Borid in a can does.