Living in the Philippines my whole life, the existence of cockroaches is already a part of life for me. Growing up there was only one solution (Baygon cockroach spray) but thanks to the progress of science we now have a less hazardous, kid/pet-friendly option! For me this is better than sprays, chalks or syringe type! And it’s lasts 3 months!
Meet the BAYGON 24-HOUR ROACH KILLER! It is a roach bait station manufactured by Bygon. Here is why for me this is the best way to eliminate roaches in my home.
I avoid spraying the air with chemicals at all costs after my brother-in-laws cat died of liver failure because his wife loved spraying lysol on everything. The poor cat is smaller than us humans so the effect on his liver was magnified! I don’t care if they’ve invented roach sprays that smell better, because you are still inhaling a toxic chemical meant to kill.
Aside from this roach sprays only kill the visible cockroaches, but do not kill the colonies living in your walls and such. I read somewhere that for every roach you see there are dozens or hundreds more you don’t see living in your walls/floors! Eeeeep! So when you kill one or 2 with the spray you have hundreds more laying eggs inside your walls! Not effective at all!
Chalks have to be written on walls and cupboards. Aside from being unsightly (yes it will look ugly if your walls/cupboards are not white) I also feel that the dust from the chalk can easily contaminate your plates and other food items in the house. Also since the dust is not contained and easily flies off into the air, it can also slowly be ingested by us and our dog. God forbid our dog licks a line! Can you imagine if we have children already? It’s even scarier!
If I am not mistaken, chalk also only kills the roaches that come into contact with it.
Roach bait gels in syringe
In my in-laws place in Manila a neighbor moved in and suddenly the condo was infested with these tiny cockroaches which were probably living in their furniture. I suggested using these roach bait gels because at that time we were between dogs. Wolfie had just died and we had not adopted DiploDog yet. It was so effective and after a couple of weeks they were free of cockroaches! They just had to reapply the gel in nooks and crevices so that new cockroaches will also be taken cared of. The best thing about roach baits is that they not only kill the cockroaches that you see but also kill off the rest of the colony. Baby roaches apparently eat the adults poop and are also poisoned. Unlike sprays that kill immediately, baits kill roaches around 72 hours after ingestion. During this time period, these roaches leave a great deal of droppings behind for other roaches to find. If the roaches were to die too fast, there would not be enough feces to transmit the bait to other roaches. Through this domino effect, one roach feeding on the bait can actually kill 30 or 40 more roaches!
For me this is the best because they act like bait gels, except they are contained in plastic housing that can be stuck to higher parts of the wall which children and pets cannot reach. There is no danger of the dog licking it like the chalk or the gel. With the gel, you need to leave many rice granule sized amounts all over your kitchen and other areas where you see roaches. This is very dangerous when you have a child or pet.
The best thing about these bait stations is that you only change after every 3 months! Clean, safe and effective – without leaving chemical residue around the house!
Click here for more useful information on roach baits.
I haven’t found any place to get roach bait station (of any brand) here in Jakarta so every time I go home to Manila I purchase a couple of boxes of Baygon 24-hour roach killers to last me the rest of the year. I usually find them in Rustans Supermarket or True Value for about 4 USD. There are 6 roach baits per box.
Instructions at the back of the box