Advion cockroach gel bait is one of the best ways to get rid of cockroaches in your home. However, some people still claim that it doesn’t work. Are they right? Does this bait not work as well as everyone claims–including me? Read on because I’m going to give you a thorough review of this bait and explain why it didn’t work for some, but has worked so well for me and many others.
What is Advion Cockroach Gel Bait?
Plain and simple, it’s a cockroach bait. The bait is a gel. You can buy it here, and they come in small tubes of the gel or small bait stations with the gel in it.
The active ingredient is Indoxacarb (about 0.5%). The gel also contains a bait that makes it irresistible to almost all known cockroach pests.
Why You’ve Never Heard of or Seen it Before
If you’ve been searching around for solutions to your roach problem, then I’m sure you’ve seen Advion mentioned one too many times. Before that, you’ve probably never even heard of it or seen it at the store.
You might be asking yourself why you’ve never heard or seen this product before it works so well. The answer is straightforward. It’s a professional bait. That means it’s a product intended to be used by trained professional exterminators. Because of that, it is explicitly marketed to professionals. It gets results, and it “keeping it a secret” helps them stay in business. I mean why you would hire an exterminator if you knew their secrets?
Also, Advion wasn’t always as readily available to the home user until eCommerce took off. It’s now much easier to get your hands on professional strength roach killers—and not have to hire an exterminator—thanks to the internet.
Target Roach Species
The truth is, this bait will work for most species of cockroaches. But it was made to specifically kill the following species, which are known to be significant pests for us humans.
- German cockroaches
- American cockroaches
- Australian cockroaches
- Smoky-brown cockroaches
- Brown cockroaches
- Asian cockroaches
- Brown-banded cockroaches
Like I said, this product was initially used by trained professionals. Which means for the average home user without training and expereience, there are many things you can do very wrong that will reduce the potency of the product; leading to some of those complaints about how it doesn’t work. We’ll get more into details about those big no no’s further down.
Advion roach gel can be used for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. That includes:
You can use it to control and eliminate roaches by applying it both indoors and outdoors. If used outdoors, the gel will dry out or go bad sooner because of exposure to the elements.
How it Kills Roaches
The active ingredient, Indoxacarb, does not kill right away. Instead, there is a short delay before the poison will kill an affected cockroach. For those who don’t know the truth, that may sound like a bad thing. However, it’s the opposite.
The delayed death is what makes this bait so powerful and efficient. After eating the poison, the contaminated cockroach can return to the nest to contaminate (poison) the others hiding in there.
The affected cockroach will poison the others through its feces, physical contact, and ultimately, cannibalism. Yes, you read that right. Roaches are known to eat the dead carcasses of their fellow cockroach.
This poison bait turns a cockroach into a ticking time bomb that will kill the others safely hiding from you. A single affected cockroach can kill up to 40 more by itself; the bait gets the attention of more than just one.
How to Use It
Yes, it’s easy to use roach baits, but it’s also easy to use it the wrong way. Many users who didn’t get excellent results with Advion make the mistake of not applying it correctly. They either use too much, or they use way too little. You have to use the right amount if you want the best results. Don’t forget to check out the mistakes you can also make using boric acid.
The first thing you should do is read the provided instructions that come with the product, as well as the labels on it.
To use the perfect amount of gel bait:
- Apply a dot of the gel bait about the size of a pea.
- Apply the bait every 2 feet. For example, for a wall that’s 10 feet long, you would place five dots total, and you would spread them about two feet apart.
If you read the instructions, you’ll realize the guidelines above are for “heavy” infestations only. Light to moderate infestations just needs 1- 3 dots per 10 linear feet.
I say the best way to get rid of them as soon as possible is to hit them hard and fast. Using less aggressive applications might give them a chance to learn to avoid the bait. Don’t give them this opportunity at all. Besides, it’s not very often you only have a light infestation. If you’re here, then you probably have a big problem.
How Much You’ll Need
While it works so much better, Advion gel bait does cost more than some of the other brands that are more familiar to you. That’s why it’s important to know how much you need–so you can save some money.
To find out how much you need, you will have to:
- Decide which rooms you’ll be treating.
- Measure the length of the areas you will be treating for each room.
- Add up the lengths for the total sum of your measurements.
- Divide the total by 2 (one dot of gel per 2 feet).
- The number you get is the number of applications you will need. Refer to the list right below to determine how many tubes you will need.
You can buy Advion gel in individual tubes, and you can also find them in a box of 4 tubes. Each tube contains 30 grams of the gel.
- 1 tube yields about 60 bait applications
- 1 box of 4 tubes gets about 240 applications
Before you run off to buy, remember that you should always have more than what you think you need. You can’t buy this stuff at local stores. You have to order it through the internet so it can take several days or longer to arrive.
You don’t want to run out and give those roaches almost a week to recover and adapt.I also recommend you continue to apply the bait for another month after everything seems clear. Why? To help ensure your victory In case a few of them had managed to survive.
Where to Use It
Another major mistake someone people make is they don’t use the bait in the right places. Blindly applying the bait will only waste money and give them less susceptible to the bait. So take note of the locations below because that’s where you should be applying the bait.
- Major and small appliances. Apply near the legs or the bottom of the appliances.
- Inside the cabinet doors towards the bottom and the top. Apply to the inside corners and the bottom of wall cabinets where it meets the wall.
- Trash cans. Near the bottom.
- Underneath sinks.
- By the door and in the corners.
- Along baseboards, where the wall meets the floor.
- Anywhere else where you see a lot of roaches.
- Cracks and gaps in the house that will allow them to enter.
- Doors. Apply near the bottom.
- Vents & pipes.
- Other potential entrance points missing from this list.
Make an effort to close off possible entry point. After you close the entry points, continue to add roach bait for a few more weeks.
How Long It Takes to Work and Kill Roaches
Let’s start off with how long it takes to attract roaches. Assuming that you’ve never used this product before, it starts getting their attention right away. The scent they use for this is quite powerful; combine it with the cockroach’s extraordinary sense of smell and it gets noticed within minutes. Just don’t stand there hoping to see it work because they won’t come out while you’re there.
How about after they’ve eaten the bait? How long does it take to kill them? Most of them will die within the same day of consuming the bait. You won’t see any noticeable difference for about a week to two weeks. Remember, bait doesn’t kill them right away like DemonWP and other fast-acting sprayed on contact killers, so give it a little time.
If you’ve done everything right (just read this article) then they should be gone in a few months. Now, if you took some shortcuts then it could take longer, or you might not be able to successfully eliminate them. But if you read this entire page and follow all the info that’s here, they don’t stand a chance.
How Long Does it Last?
An unopened tube of the bait will store for up to two years. That is assuming it is stored at room temperature and isn’t open. A tube that has been opened, but adequately closed, will save for about one year.
Using bait that is long past the recommended shelf life is fine, but it won’t well. The bait won’t attract as many roaches. The active ingredient, Indoxacarb, will be less potent. Allowing the insects to feed on a very weak poison can give them to the chance to develop a high resistance; making it much harder to get rid of them entirely.
Do’s and Don’ts
We’ve discussed a few things here and there about the dos and don’ts of using this roach bait, but there’s still a few left that is important. Pay careful attention to these, because they will significantly affect the results you get from using this product.
Don’t Use it With Contact Killers
We’ll start off with the one thing you don’t want to. Don’t use roach baits with the pesticides that you apply by spraying. These are contact killers because when cockroaches make contact with the pesticide, it quickly attacks their nervous system and kills them within minutes. Examples of contact killer include DemonWP and others.
If you are experienced and know what you’re doing, you can bend this rule. However, for the average home user, it’s best to follow this simple rule.
Is there a reason why this is a big no-no? Yes, there is a good reason. Remember what makes Advion so efficient? Yep, it’s the domino killing effect. What does a contact killer do? It kills the affected cockroach within just minutes and sometimes as fast as just seconds. Because contact killers kill so quickly, they negate the domino effect that makes Advion so efficient. In other words, it’s the same as not using roach baits at all. So don’t use contact killing pesticides with roach baits.
Do Use Boric Acid Powder
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the things you should do when you’re using Advion. The first thing you’ll want to use roach baits with is boric acid powder. Boric acid has the same domino killing effect so using the two of them together will increase your success rate. Remember to use a bulb duster to get the right amount of powder every time.
Do Use a Bait Gun
Keep in mind that Avion comes in tubes. Sure, it comes with a plunger, but that can get tiresome if you apply a lot of bait. Fortunately, there is a bait gun designed specifically for using tubes of roach baits. Of course, this is more of a convenience, so skipping this one is perfectly fine. But for the small price, it’s worthwhile if you’re dealing with a massive infestation and a big house/building.
Do Use Insect Growth Regulators
Insect growth regulators (IGR) will help you get rid of those roaches a lot faster. While IGRs can’t kill cockroaches and it can be pointless by itself, it becomes key to a faster and more assured victory when you use it with roach baits.
IGRs are exactly as their name implies—they stop roaches from growing into adults. If they can’t become adults, they can’t reproduce and create more cockroaches. Growth regulators will also prevent eggs from hatching. One egg can turn into over 40-50 cockroaches, so making sure the eggs don’t hatch makes a big difference.
Do Check & Replace Your Baits
Once applied, the bait will harden within a couple of days. There’s no need to be worried though because it’ll still work great. After a month though, it won’t work so well, and you should replace it with fresh baits.
One month is just a general rule of thumb. You should monitor the bait and how well it’s working on the roaches. If the bugs aren’t dying, or their numbers have stopped decreasing, then you’ll want to try changing the baits right away. Baits applied to the outside are subjected to harsher conditions so they’ll deteriorate much faster. That means you need to check on them more often.
Here are some more tips to help you get the most out of this product. It works well if you do things right and it can work even better with the following tips.
- Increase the chances they’ll eat the bait by removing food sources. If they’ve got nothing else to eat, you won’t have a choice but to eat the baits. It’s not possible to remove all food sources, but you should eliminate as many as you can.
- For kitchen counters, use bottle caps to hold the bait. Place the bottle caps out during the night and store them safely away during the day.
- Use wax paper to apply the baits under furniture and large appliances. Just put the bait on the paper, and slide it underneath. Skip the oven because of fire hazards.
- For vertical applications (walls, baseboards, the sides of appliances, etc.) use masking tape. Put the masking tape on first and then apply the bait. When it’s time to change the bait, just peel it away and repeat with new tape and fresh bait.
- Keep the bait Remember, this is food for them, so keeping it fresh means they’ll be more likely to eat it. The scent will also be much stronger and attract more roaches.
Other Questions You Might Have
There are many questions, and answering them all on this page won’t be possible. However, I’ll explain some of the most commonly asked questions. If you didn’t get the answer you were looking for, please feel free to leave a comment below.
Is Advoin Pet Safe?
According to the manufacturer, it is pet safe if used as directed. The amount of the active ingredient used in Advion roach bait gel is small enough that it shouldn’t cause any harm. However, my personal opinion is to be better safe than sorry. I would recommend you try to keep the bait out of reach from your pets.
Is It Safe to Use Around Food?
The answer to this question is similar to the answer to the pet question above. The amount of active ingredient shouldn’t cause harm and should be safe to use in the kitchen (as well as restaurants). Avoiding direct contact with food is still recommended.
You should also be able to use Advion in cabinets where boxes and cans are. Any other food items such as flour, sugar, etc. that are opened should be in a closed container or large Ziploc bags.
It’s Not Working, What Am I Doing Wrong?
Are you sure it’s not working? Or are you assuming it’s not working? If you think that it’s not working because you do not see dead roaches everywhere, then that’s not a proper way to assess if the bait is working or not.
Assuming that you have given it the right amount of time to work (at least a week or two to start seeing some results), you need to look at how often you are seeing roaches and how many you are seeing. Leave the lights off and stay away from the kitchen for a few hours. Quickly turn the light back on and see if you see fewer roaches run for cover.
If you were seeing roaches during the day before, how often do you see them during the day now? If you don’t’ seem them as often now, then it’s working just fine.
In this Advion cockroach gel bait review, we have covered some of the questions that are commonly asked. For more information, be sure to check the manufacturer’s website here. We’ve also talked about how to use it efficiently and some of the mistakes to avoid. Hopefully, you know why or at least, kind of understand why this brand of roach bait is recommended so much—because it works well. Just remember to give the bait time to work. Remember that it can take up to several months to eliminate an infestation. If you have any further questions that have not been answered, please feel free to leave a comment below. Or if I missed a really important bit of information, please consider sharing it with us below.