Where Do You Put Roach Bait?

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"Place gel bait on an index card or a clean piece of cardboard. This may entice the roach even further to approach the bait and it makes for an easy cleanup."

Where Do You Put Roach Bait?

German cockroaches are regarded by far as the most common and hated household pests one can encounter in the home. Part of the reason why they are so frustrating, aside from their ability to reproduce and multiply at alarming rates, is the fact that they are often successful at resisting insecticides aimed at targeting them.

One of the prime ways of tackling a cockroach infestation is via gel baits. Gel baits contain a combination of food-grade attractants with a lethal slow-killing insecticide that can kill cockroaches and ideally take out an entire infestation in short order. Proper bait placement is a key to its success, but it often leads people to ask, where do you put roach bait to be most effective?

Here we will share with you how to properly bait for roaches, and where the best places are to put roach bait in this roach placement guide.

Before Baiting

Cleanup prior to placing bait

No amount of gel bait, no matter how potent and effective, can eliminate a cockroach infestation if the place isn't clean. A dirty kitchen or bathroom with spills and dropped food means plenty of food sources for cockroaches to eat.

Cockroaches love the crumbs and grease we leave behind, but they aren't picky. They'll eat just about anything that is even remotely edible. If you place gel bait among all this alternative food, your roach gel bait will not effectively lure cockroaches to try it.

Before you intend to place bait, you must first carry out sanitation measures by cleaning your home and eliminating all competing food sources. Wipe down counters, sweep up floors, remove grease. Once you have done that, the only food option that will be available to roaches is the bait you lay out.

It's important to note that when wiping/cleaning surfaces, do so with just warm water and a rag. Don't use any harsh chemical or household cleaners. The scents they produce may actually deter roaches from taking the bait.

Best Roach Gel Placements

Applying Apex Bait

When it comes to where you should place the bait, leaving a smattering of beads of bait everywhere would be a waste. Focus your bait strategically in areas where you have personally seen cockroach activity or evidence of their activity (cockroach droppings, egg casings, cockroach limbs etc.)

Also remember that with proper cockroach gel placements you want the gel to be in out of the way or hard to reach areas that cannot be accessed by children or pets.


Kitchens are usually the area where most cockroach infestations are based. It's no surprise; they love the moisture, the heat sources, and the easy access to food. For this reason, you should make placements in the following areas:

  • Behind and under appliances like your fridge, dishwasher, toaster, microwaves, ovens, coffee makers, water dispensers
  • Inside drawers and cupboards along the edges and crevices
  • Around counter tops in cracks and crevices
  • Under the sink where the plumbing penetrates the wall


Bathrooms are the second most heavily infested area because of the cockroaches' love of moisture. Focus your placement in the following areas:

  • Behind the toilet where the water line penetrates the wall
  • In cabinets along cracks and crevices
  • Under the sink
  • Near areas where moisture accumulates

Other Areas

  • Around electronics, such as game consoles, behind your TV, your entertainment center, where your internet router sits
  • Laundry rooms, such as under or adjacent to the washing and drying machines or near the water heater
  • Closets, vanities and dressers

Best Cockroach Gel Bait

If you are fed up with cockroaches infesting your home, apartment, or place of business, you need to implement a cockroach control program. With baiting being the cornerstone of successful elimination of cockroaches, our bait of choice is Apex Gel bait.

Apex Gel Bait is regarded as one of the best cockroach gel baits for the control of German cockroaches due its formula which contains 11 different attractants. This makes the bait irresistable for cockroaches to consume.

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