Combat Max Roach Killing Bait Review

Bait Station lasting 12 months

By Jess Simmonds, Expert Reviewer for Repellent Guide

published: Aug 29, 2023 | updated: Sep 06, 2023

Product Overview

Combat Max 12 Month Roach Killing Bait Station is a product claiming a two-pronged strategy: immediate roach extermination and prevention of their return for up to a year. One of its distinctive features is its use of Fipronil, known for its potency against roaches. The baits are crafted to provide a 'Domino-Effect', aiming to wipe out entire colonies by affecting roaches that come into contact with affected ones.

Testing Procedures & Team Observations

I wasn't the only tester finding their home as a roach battleground, several of the Repellent Guide team also gave the bait stations a strategic deployment.


  1. Deployment: I placed all 18 bait stations across my living space, prioritizing known roach hotspots, such as the kitchen, bathroom, and behind heavy furniture.
  2. Monitoring: Daily observations were conducted, noting roach activity, types of roaches, and their dwindling numbers over time.

Team Observations:

  • First 24 hours: A noticeable decline in roach sightings. This was especially evident in areas where roach activity was previously rampant.

  • Day 3: Almost no roaches in sight. Gone were the days of finding them in the dishwasher, fridge, or having them fall off doorframes.

  • Odor Issue: The chemical scent from the baits is undeniable. In smaller, less ventilated rooms, the smell became overbearing. I found it necessary to move some bait stations to areas with better airflow, to avoid build up of a moldy chemical smell.

  • Dead Roaches: Prepare for a mini clean-up. The effectiveness of the bait stations is evident from the dead roaches you'll find. Though this can be off-putting, it's a small price to pay for an infestation-free home.

  • Safety Feature: We appreciated the child-resistant design, especially with kids and pets around. The plastic enclosures are certainly more robust than the folded cardboard glue traps such as the Hoy Hoy Trap-a-Roach that we have also reviewed, and so easier to deploy with out worrying about pets and kids.

Efficacy & Safety Considerations

  • Efficiency: The Combat Max Bait Stations lived up to their promise, particularly in the initial week. Roaches, which had seemed persistent against previous attempts at extermination, met their match.

  • Safety: The child-resistant design is invaluable for households with young children. But the strong odor could be an issue, especially for those sensitive to chemicals. It’s essential to strategize placement, ensuring it's effective against roaches while maintaining a pleasant living environment.

Final Thoughts

Combat Max Roach Killing Bait Station packs a punch against roaches, making it a worthy addition to your pest control toolkit. While its efficacy is beyond question, the accompanying odor and the initial sight of dead roaches might be off-putting for some users.

Considering its effectiveness, especially against stubborn infestations, it's a product I'd recommend, but with the caution to be prepared for its strong scent and the need for a bit of cleanup.

Ease of use: 8
Value for money: 8
Performance: 9.5
Score: 8.5
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