Has anyone else tried this?

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This is NOT a sales pitch and I’m not selling anything. This is great information I wish someone would have given me on how to naturally control roaches and crickets around my coop.

You can feed them to your flock as well. There’s a genius way of catching these critters. Use a glass jar. Put a bit of honey or sugar water at the bottom and add chicken feed.

Wipe cooking oil inside the jars far down as you can go to prevent them from crawling back out and set them out at night where the chickens won’t get to the jar. Put anything around and close to the top so they can crawl in.

I put a wooden ramp with tiny smudges of peanut butter. I caught about 100+/-. In the morning, BAM treats for days! Has anyone else tried this?

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Angela Kelly
Angela Kelly

Can you show a picture of the whole thing? I’m not sure I’m understanding the way you put it together, but I’m intrigued. 🙂

Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Angela Kelly

sure I took video last night an hour after I put them out. I couldn’t believe how many roaches there were!!

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Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Aida GC

 I used two different set ups but the glass jars worked best. So that’s the info I gave.

Angela Kelly
Angela Kelly
Reply to  Aida GC

ah, gotcha. Use one plastic bottle inserted into the other like a funnel, and it’s oiled so they can’t climb up once they fall in for the bait food. 👍🏽

Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Angela Kelly

right. I caught way less in the plastic bottle. I think since it wasn’t a dead drop they were able to escape with the gradual slope.

Brittany Tomko
Brittany Tomko

I’m new to having chickens. Cockroaches are attracted to the coops ? Also interested in seeing a full pic of how u caught them.

Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Brittany Tomko

 I put some photos on the first comment. They are attracted to the food and of course the poop.

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Annie Matte
Annie Matte

 Ewww they gross me out. I’m afraid all I’d catch where I live is fire ants. 🙄

Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Annie Matte

I was pretty grossed out at the amount of crawlers caught. I really had no idea they were out in full force like that once darkness fell.

Jeanette Parmley
Jeanette Parmley

 Gross but smashing idea! I gotta try it

Carin Pryor
Carin Pryor

Ok. So does the oil prevent them from being able to crawl back out?

Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Carin Pryor

 yes, exactly. If the glass is fairly tall, they won’t be able to get out anyway. The crickets can’t even jump out. I included a couple of vases tonight since they are taller.

Carin Pryor
Carin Pryor
Reply to  Aida GC

I’m guessing the sticky at the bottom is to keep them from flying out, assuming their wings aren’t full of oil.

Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Carin Pryor

 the roaches can’t resist sugar. The oil keeps them from getting out. 👍🏼

Heather Howle
Heather Howle

 Awesome!!! I hate roaches. They really freak me out 😱 I hate it when I have to go out there at night just because of them. They are always in and around the feeding station. So, I have a question. If the roaches are already attracted to the feed, what is the purpose of the honey..? Does it make it more enticing, I guess..?

Also, we have ants. Have you noticed the honey attracting them, as well??

Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Heather Howle

roaches LOVE sweetness. They can’t resist it. I remove my chickens food7 sources completely for this. I wanted the roaches to feed here instead.

Aida GC
Aida GC
Reply to  Heather Howle

we do have quite a bit of ants as well but not at night. There weren’t but a couple in one jar.
I usually find the ants entrance and I use an amazing product that knocks ants out in one day called Amdro. I only use it under close supervision because they are small granules and could harm my chickens if ingested. But with that stuff you really only need 1/8 of a teaspoon and they are dead by the next day.

Heather Howle
Heather Howle
Reply to  Aida GC

Amdro is the best for ants!


I don’t use chemicals or pesticides on their parcel of land. When I see trails of ants or mounds, I put a good coating of DE over it and give it a good stir and then sprinkle again. They immediately begin to curl up and die. When I feel like it, if I see them just roaming about on the ground, I will also sprinkle them. I have also poured boiling water on the beds. Kills instantly.

Sommano Christine
Sommano Christine

 Great idea!
Now if I could get rid of the flies during the day!

Megan Dean
Megan Dean

I was about to say the same thing 😂

Sommano Christine
Sommano Christine
Reply to  Megan Dean

Right?! We have so many because the chickens poop.

Megan Dean
Megan Dean

I just bought “fly bags.” I haven’t put them out yet because I’ve only seen a few in their pen enclosure and they aren’t in there much because they free range all day. But, I’ve seen posts and videos of how well they do work! You may want to look into those. They do tend to show up more as it gets hotter and I know that fly strike is aweful 😒

Valerie Dunn
Valerie Dunn

 Totally grossed out but gonna try it!

I need recommendations for catching mice. So I have tons of mice in the coop. Cute tiny mice that would make a good chicken treat. Recommendations?