Cockroach Sticky Boards
Light-duty sticky traps should be placed against a vertical surface and changed when full or when the glue surface becomes dusty. Sticky cards are glue-based traps frequently used in pest control to catch and monitor insects and other pests. Typically sticky cards consist of a sticky glue layer mounted on a piece of cardboard that is folded into a tent-structure to protect the sticky surface. Most sticky traps contain no pesticides, although some may be impregnated with aromas designed to be attractive to certain pests like cockroaches.
Some of the pests readily trapped by sticky traps include cockroaches, spiders, stored product pest beetles and other crawling insects, mites and scorpions. Sticky traps are useful for monitoring an area for crawling insects 24/7, and as such are frequently used by professionals to enhance their ability to detect pests during pest control inspections. Sticky traps allow an inspector to detect pests that are active at night or other times when people are not present.
Where Should Sticky Traps Be Placed?
Most cockroaches prefer to travel in dark areas and along edges. Hence the best placement of a sticky card is in an out-of-the-way location in direct contact with a wall. The two open ends of the trap should run parallel to the wall to make it easy for insects to enter.
The number of traps you place out will be limited by the number of locations you have for placement and how many traps you wish to check regularly. Usually you will want to place sticky traps at least 5-10 feet apart in areas where pests are likely to travel. Behind stoves and refrigerators, in cupboards and under sinks are good places to trap cockroaches with sticky traps. Along garage and indoor walls in storage and living areas are good places to place sticky cards.
When light-duty sticky traps are not available, glue boards may substitute as insect traps; however the thicker base and lip of the glue tray may encourage many crawling insects to walk around the trap, avoiding the glue surface. Glue boards are messier than light-duty cardboard sticky traps, and the glue can be difficult to remove. Cooking oil or a solvent such as WD-40, may be useful in removing glue board glue from fingers or hair.
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