Around summertime we have a roach problem. Pest control alone just doesn’t cut it. We’ve bought roach tablets that you stick in and under nooks and crannies. However, having too many chemicals and poisons in my home isn’t preferable. We tried a roach motel trap and they DO work! Despite the positive results, it can really add up with several a day. So we experimented with our own pesticide free traps!
What we found: Duct Tape (laid down in the manner below) was the most effective, cheapest and easiest. You can pre-make it on the counter as shown or directly where you want to place it.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Get any kind of duct tape. We found color didn’t seem to matter, however white is the easiest to tell when you’ve caught one and need to replace it.
Step 2: Find the spot(s) you’d like to have the traps. Corners, along any wall, under furniture, around the stove, and my personal favorite just in front/under the dishwasher.
Step 3: Tear off the length needed for that spot, this is the trapping strip.
Step 4: Face the trapping strip down flat, sticky side up. It can be tricky getting it off your fingers, you’ll get the hang of it, or you can use small pieces on each end to help place it down.
Step 5: Tear off small sections to hold the trapping strip down. To minimize waste I tear the small strips in half length wise.
Step 6: Put the small pieces down flat, sticky side down around the edges of the trapping strip. Spacing them accordingly, trying not to cover much of the sticky trapping strip.
Step 7: If you’ve placed it directly, you’re done! If not, gently lift it up and place it at the desired spot. Now you’re done too!
Tip: Longer strips, like under the dishwasher are easier to place directly.
Tip: I’d suggest NOT trying to lure them to the trap with any treats or syrups. I believe that ultimately draws them inside your home needlessly. If they’re there (and traps are placed properly) they will come and get stuck even without bait.
Tip: Along the lines of luring them inside… how clean your home is makes a significant difference to these little pests. Small changes and improved habits make a BIG impact. NOTE: If anything listed below can’t be done throughout the day, strive for at least once a day, preferably before retiring for the night when roaches are most active.
- Wipe those little crumbs off the counter.
- Dishes should be washed or put into the dishwasher out of the sink and off counters/tables.
- Any and all open food/leftovers goes in the fridge or in the trash.
- Take (full) trash straight out and try not to leave it directly on the floor.
- Pet food and treats should be kept in bins, boxes or bags and off the floor between meals.