What are Insecticide Baits?

Insecticide baits are products that kill bugs. Bugs eat the insecticide bait and die. 

 

Insecticide bait contains material that attracts insects and an active ingredient that kills them. Attractants typically are sugars, proteins or fats. Active ingredients include natural insecticides, such as boric acid or pyrethrin. 

 

How do I use an insecticide bait?

Use an insecticide bait in combination with an insect trap or insect bait station. You can buy bait stations pre-loaded with insect bait, or you may need to fill these devices yourself. Put the filled devices in areas where insect pests are sure to find them.

Insecticide baits are safe to use in homes with pets and children when used according to the label directions. Insecticide baits are regulated by Health Canada and the label is the law. Pest HQ only sells the best insecticide bait, bait stations and insect traps approved for use in Canada.

 

What are insecticide baits used for?

Insecticide baits are used to control ants, cockroaches and other bugs. They can be used to control indoor and outdoor bug problems. Ant baits are one of the most common insecticide baits.

 

How do insecticide baits work?

First, an insect ingests the bait. Then, the active ingredient typically attacks the insect’s nervous or digestive system. The baits are slow acting, which allows more insects to eat and share the bait with nestmates. As a result, more insects die compared to using an insecticide spray that kills bugs on contact.

 

Are there insect baits that don’t contain insecticide?

Yes. Baits that smell like an insect’s preferred food are used to lure hornets and wasps into bag and bottle traps. Pheromone lures attract male clothes and pantry months with the scent of the opposite sex into sticky traps. Bed bug lures mimic the smell of chemicals on the skin to draw bed bugs into monitoring devices.

 

Also read:

How do ant traps work?

How do crawling insect traps and monitors work?

 

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