View Full Version : What is the best way to attach rubber roaches to walls?

Dr Spooktakular
08-22-2008, 01:20 PM
Other than staples (staples are a love/hate relationship for haunters), what is the best and quickest way to attach roaches to walls made from plywood/osb, the walls have been painted.

08-22-2008, 02:05 PM
Graham use hotglue

08-22-2008, 05:39 PM
Drywall screws.

08-22-2008, 06:33 PM
here is my experience .... I used hot glue on roaches and some of the glue came off afterwards and some didn't. I used in a kitchen scene on top of wallpaper. Some roaches stayed on some didn't.... the ones that didn't went home with patrons. By the end of the season it was an all out roach fight....lmfao patrons throwing them at patrons, actors throwing them at patrons etc. I'd say trial and error... depending on if you wat to reuse them I'd say glue if not silicone or an adhesive.... maybe even those little velcro circles adheseive on each to make each stick ? Allot of people reuse them so these are just ideas. Sorry for rambling....hot glue works well kinda....

John Coen
08-22-2008, 07:20 PM
I used liquid nails with pretty good success. You will ALWAYS be reapplying bugs regardless of what method you use. I apply a little KY Jelly to their backs to add to the effect and discourage people from touching them.

08-22-2008, 07:43 PM
I have to go with Infoamtek on this one. I spent one evening running drywall screws through the center of my roaches. It was then very easy to attach them to the walls.

There was never any need to reattach them. :)

08-23-2008, 08:16 PM
Use a pneumatic staple gun. 1/4''x1'' they are small you cant see them and they will never ever fall off!!! Shane Graystone Manor

Haunting Copy
08-24-2008, 06:17 AM
But Shane, wouldn't that squish them so much to the wall that they look,
well, fake?


08-24-2008, 07:31 AM
I guess it might depend on where you get the roaches. I buy mine from Oak Island they feel real and they are make of some sort of rubber. When you use a pneumatic staple gun they pop them in so hard and fast it never changes the look. Try their brand and my suggestion. let me warn ya though you will play hell in getting them off the wall if you ever want them off! Seriously I tried everything this is by far the best way! Shane and its I guarantee you will be happy with the results Shane this time.

Jim Warfield
08-25-2008, 01:13 AM
Solve the removal problem before it happens. Mount the bugs on a piece of wood that you then attach to the wall, this might make attaching them easier too, do it as the board is on a workbench instead of reaching above you.
I did alot of work attaching little plastic spiders to a ceiling and a week later all 120 of them had went home with my customers!
Obviously the ceiling was too low~!

08-25-2008, 07:36 PM
How about using a rubber roach clip? May work and most definitely will get you high!