Best Roach Killers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 20, 2020
Cockroaches carry diseases, so even though, technically speaking, they seldom hurt people, you can use these roach killers without worrying about ethics. These are the best roach killers on the market today, exterminating these nasty pests without entailing human safety concerns. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The cardboard box enables convenient storage and transportation. Between the 4 tubes, this package can cover large apartments and medium-sized houses. You can use the poison both indoors as well as outdoors. 

CONS

The instructions are not especially comprehensive. 

OUR VERDICT

Advion 383920 packs tubes that enable easy application, with thin tips letting you apply the poison even in the most hard-to-reach corners. With its formula adding just 0.6% indoxacarb, the gel exterminates cockroaches without affecting people and pets.

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Type

Gel bait

Best For

Roaches

Active Ingredients And Formula

0.6% indoxacarb 

Package

4 x 1.06 oz tubes
4 x plungers

PROS

The formula acts fast, killing roaches within minutes. The ContactX™ kill tech will be exterminating roaches not just via contact but also by ingestion. The formula attracts even those roaches that are not easily fooled. 

CONS

The bait absorbs dust and dirt and loses its efficacy. 

OUR VERDICT

Bayer Maxforce FC Magnum will fit commercial as well as residential areas alike. Owing to the Domino Effect®, this poison has healthy roaches contacting dead roaches and spreading the bait, so you're controlling an entire colony without even noticing these roaches.

detailed parameters
Type

Gel bait

Best For

Roaches

Active Ingredients And Formula

Fipronil 0.05%, ContactX™ kill technology, exclusive Domino Effect®

Package

1 x 1.06 oz tube
1 x plunger

PROS

Incorporating 3% sodium lauryl sulfate, 2% peppermint oil, 1% rosemary oil, and 1% spearmint oil, the formula attracts pests without relying upon toxic ingredients and without making the product harmful towards people and pets.

CONS

The scent is pleasant but also quite strong. 

OUR VERDICT

Cockroaches suck but, generally speaking, so do fleas, mites, stink bugs, most spiders, ants, earwigs, you name the pest. With MDXconcepts Organic Home Pest Control Spray, you can attract and exterminate them all, keeping the environment pest-free. 

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Type

Spray

Best For

Roaches, Spiders, Ants, Fleas, Earwigs, Stink Bugs, Mites, Scorpions, Silverfish, and more

Active Ingredients And Formula

Peppermint oil 2%, rosemary oil 1%, spearmint oil 1%, sodium lauryl sulfate 3%

Package

1 x 16 oz bottle

PROS
The product kills pests without impairing appliances, flooring, and baseboards. You can remove this compound from most surfaces without worrying about the bait staining these surfaces. The two 16-pound bottles will last years.
CONS

The powder-based bait makes precise application a little difficult at times. 

OUR VERDICT

Zap-A-Roach Boric Acid Roach and Ant Killer is an odorless, non-staining compound that targets numerous pests' nervous system, neutralizing them without delay. Besides ants and roaches, the product kills fleas, water bugs, and silverfish.

detailed parameters
Type

Powder

Best For

Roaches, Ants, Water Bugs, Fleas, Silverfish 

Active Ingredients And Formula

100% boric acid

Package

2 x 16 lbs bottle

PROS

The small tip on the large syringe lets you easily apply the gel just about anywhere, from open-space corners to small cracks and crevices. The gel boasts the longest residual action, usually lasting somewhere between 60 and 90 days.

CONS

The product is not 100% effective without Combat® bait stations and Combat® strips. 

OUR VERDICT

Assuming that you're not facing the most severe infestation, Combat Max Roach Killing Gel will prove plenty sufficient. The gel is as good at killing small cockroaches within hours as it is at exterminating the largest roaches. 

detailed parameters
Type

Gel bait

Best For

Roaches

Active Ingredients And Formula

Fipronil 0.01%

Package

1 x 2.1 oz syringe

advion 383920 4 Tubes and 4 Plungers Cockroach

Covering Sizable Premises

Advion 383920 is a dangerous package, neutralizing roaches without showing mercy. With the formula primarily relying upon 0.6% indoxacarb, this effective poison can be used anywhere around the house. Even the more sensitive areas are fine since the product does nothing to people. Plus, when you combine this poison with the company's traps, you can easily exterminate the most severe cockroach infestation.

Looking at the package, what we're working with here is a cardboard box that measures ~ 18 x 16.5 x 5 centimeters (~7 x 6.2 x 2 inches). Inside it, you will find 4 tubes and 4 plungers, with the tubes measuring just 1.06 ounces capacity-wise. Both the tubes and the plungers enable easy application and will let you cover sizable premises. Plus, the poison can be used indoors and outdoors.

Where things get a little hairy is figuring out where you should be placing the bait since the instructions that come with this product are not necessarily specific on this issue, so we would recommend watching instruction videos first.

Apart from that, Advion 383920 ranks among the best roach killers for home use. With this pet-safe product, you can kiss cockroaches goodbye, no one will miss them anyway.

Review of advion 383920 4 Tubes and 4 Plungers Cockroach Pest Control

 

Bayer 2 Tubes Maxforce FC Magnum

The Domino Effect Taking Place

Bayer Maxforce FC Magnum fits commercial and residential areas as well as indoor and outdoor use. This relentless poison does not care what the environment is, except that the gel can absorb dust and dirt, thus losing its efficacy, so we would recommend choosing less dusty areas. What we would also recommend is that you avoid using heavy detergents since the poison is effective even without them.

With the fast-acting formula and its composition containing five times the fipronil that the predecessors were using, this product leaves roaches no chances, none, zip, zilch, nada. To add more, the company's ContactX™ kill tech exterminates roaches not just by contact but also via ingestion.

According to the people behind the product, the irresistible formulation attracts even the more finicky roaches and, from what we can tell, they're not wrong. Plus, there's also the so-called Domino Effect®, with healthy roaches touching or eating dead roaches and spreading the poison, controlling entire colonies.

In other words, with Bayer Maxforce FC Magnum, you'll be killing even the roaches that you cannot (or do not) see. Thanks to this effect, one 1.06-ounce tube should last you at least 18 months.

Review of Bayer 2 Tubes Maxforce FC Magnum German Roach Pest Control Gel

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mdxconcepts Organic Home

Attracting and Exterminating Various Pests

Killing roaches is easy. Generally speaking, it is attracting them that's the hard part. Fortunately, MDXconcepts Organic Home Pest Control Spray is quite good at that part. While most roach killers contain almost nothing but poison, this spray incorporates 2% peppermint oil, 1% rosemary oil, 1% spearmint oil, and 3% sodium lauryl sulfate. Thanks to the nutrient-rich formula, we're not talking about just roaches finding the bait irresistible, we're also talking about spiders, fleas, mites, ants, stink bugs, silverfish, earwigs, even scorpions, and more. The product will attract and kill them all.

The same formula also makes the scent quite strong. Pleasant, but strong. In other words, we would not recommend applying the spray where you can easily smell it. That being said, assuming you're fine with the smell, its natural, non-toxic formula lets you apply the spray anywhere you want without worrying about children and/or pets.

Last but not least, the formula is more resilient and long-lasting than you might expect from the spray-based disposition, meaning that the product can be used indoors as much as outdoors, killing pests and making the surrounding environment that much more enjoyable.

Review of mdxconcepts Organic Home Pest Control Spray

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Zap-A-Roach 2 Pack Boric Acid

Ant and Roach Killer

Despite what the name suggests, this product from Zap-A-Roach zaps not just cockroaches but also most household pests, including ants, fleas, silverfish, and water bugs. Its more attractive quality though is that this bait exterminates pests without damaging baseboards, flooring, or appliances. The non-staining compound sticks onto most surfaces without leaving any residue when removed. Made from 100% boric acid, this product eliminates bugs without affecting people and most materials.

All you have to do is shake the bottle and twist the cap 'till it is fully open. Then, hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle, squeeze it, and the powder-based bait will flow freely. When dealing with corners that are not necessarily easily accessible, you can distribute the powder using a spoon (the powder-based formula can make precise application a bit challenging at times).

As long as you apply the powder liberally, scatting the product beneath and behind appliances, pipes, and drains, as well as in the cracks and crevices along baseboards, you should have no issues exterminating even the more stubborn pests. Furthermore, the two 16-pound bottles that come with the package should easily last you years.

Review of Zap-A-Roach 2 Pack Boric Acid Roach and Ant Killer

 

Combat 1 Syringe Max

Long Residual Action

Combat Max Roach Killing Gel keeps pest control and extermination as easy as the task should be. What we're working with here is one massive, 2.1-ounce syringe, with its small tip enabling easy application practically anywhere, including the smallest cracks and crevices. The fast-acting gel inside the syringe, incorporating just 0.01% fipronil, starts working almost as soon as you apply the gel (the delay will depend on multiple factors).

Now, the issue here is that, unlike the gel bait from Bayer that adds 0.05% fipronil, this product is not 100% effective without the company's bait stations and strips. That said, even without them, the gel is excellent at attracting roaches, making them ingest the bait and die somewhere around the time they reach the nest.

Still, the product's biggest strength is probably its long residual action. While most gel baits last weeks, this one makes every single application count, spending the next 2-3 months killing cockroaches 24/7.

Long story short, provided that the infestation is not that severe, Combat Max Roach Killing Gel will more than suffice, killing roaches without you figuring out countless factors like where you apply the gel, how to apply it, and so on.

Review of Combat 1 Syringe Max Roach Killing Gel

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What Is a Roach Killer?

Cockroaches are the worst, nobody likes them, not one sane person, no, unacceptable, no bueno. You can exterminate them without entertaining one second thought, consider this our blessing. Of course, the task is usually easier said than done since these pests can be quite slippery, but not slippery enough for these roach killers.

Using these products, you'll be able to attract and kill even the smartest roaches. Though they're all effective in their own right, the products that we have selected for this list are very different. Some kill only cockroaches, while others can also neutralize ants, fleas, water bugs, mites, earwigs, certain spiders, silverfish, even scorpions sometimes. Some are gel-based, while others are powder- or spray-based.

Different products use different poisons but the ones listed here are all safe for adults, children, and pets, so you don't have to worry about that. Besides the products' efficacy, you can worry about their residual action, with some baits lasting only a few weeks, while certain gels can last 2 or even 3 years.

Needless to say, even the more versatile roach killers will not neutralize flying bugs, so if that's the problem you're facing, you can look into these bug zappers and bug zapper rackets.

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Publish Date: 2020-08-20 13:55:18