Do Sticky Traps Really Work To Eliminate Roaches?

Insect sticky traps are small, square cardboard boxes that are open at both ends and have an adhesive material coating the inside. These “roach motels” are designed to trap bugs when they walk onto the adhesive. 

But do these traps really work? Keep reading to learn how to eliminate roaches. 

Do sticky traps really work to eliminate roaches? 

Unfortunately, “roach motels” are about as effective as using a butterfly net to get rid of a bird infestation. Roaches are actually somewhat intelligent insects; if they encounter a roach motel and notice a few of their friends are either in distress or dead, they’ll avoid that trap! 

According to NYC pest professionals sticky traps don’t address the sources of the infestation—which are large nests of hundreds of egg-laying females responsible for raising hundreds of generations of roaches. In fact, for every roach you find stuck to the inside of a roach motel, you’ve probably got several hundred more scurrying around behind the safety of your kitchen appliances. 

However, sticky traps can provide valuable information to pest management technicians about the type of insects infesting your building. 

Why are roaches so difficult to get rid of? 

Simple. Roaches are incredibly prolific and only need water and a minimal amount of “stuff” to eat. They have tough exoskeletons that protect them from extreme temperatures and will munch on anything from postage stamp glue to pieces of wet toilet paper. Also, roaches don’t need a body to continue wiggling their antennas, Scientists have discovered that a decapitated roach head will continue functioning for five, six or even seven hours if refrigerated.

How do I get rid of a roach infestation in my business? 

If you continue to use roach motels to combat these tough-as-nails insects, you could have a serious infestation that could shut down your business and damage your reputation. The best, most effective, and expedited method to eradicate roaches is to let a professional pest control company attack your problem with industry-strength products as well as in-depth knowledge of different roach species and their behavior.

Assured Environments understands how important it is to completely eliminate roaches from your apartment building, medical facility, restaurant or hotel as quickly as possible. We will provide you with the kind of expert attention your building needs to be cleaned thoroughly—get in touch with Assured today!