The kitchen is the heart of most homes. It’s obviously where we cook our food. It’s frequently a central spot for hanging out and entertaining. So, nobody wants to see roaches in the kitchen.
Why are there roaches in the kitchen?
Pests need food, water and shelter to survive. A kitchen is like a buffet for roaches. There are sticky spills around the trash. Crumbs are under appliances or between the stove and counter. Water in and around the sink as well as dirty dishes, sponges and buildup in your sink are a treasure to roaches. Unsealed food containers and spills in cabinets also provide easy food sources for roaches in kitchens. Small plumbing leaks from a kitchen sink, disposal or dishwasher, as well as heat and moisture from the dishwasher or refrigerator can also attract roaches.
I am a clean person, how can I have roaches?
Messy conditions can absolutely make a kitchen or home attractive to roaches and other pests. But even clean kitchens can be attractive to roaches because of the food and water they offer. Roaches can be brought into even the cleanest of homes with cardboard boxes, bags and packaging from grocery stores, used appliances and furniture, or plumbing leaks and backups. Roaches can also spread from neighboring units in condominium or apartment buildings as well as townhouses. But keeping a clean home is definitely an advantage when trying to prevent or eliminate pest issues such as roaches in the kitchen.
How to keep out or eliminate roaches in the kitchen?
A good offense is the best defense. Eliminating food sources will give roaches less reason to be in your kitchen and home. Here are 6 things to do to eliminate roaches in the kitchen:
- Wipe down and clean counters daily.
- Remove crumbs and other buildup under or behind appliances, shelves, and between the stove and counter. You will be surprised at what you may find behind or under your refrigerator and stove!
- Keep your trash can sealed and give it a periodic wipe down to eliminate any food that could have splattered.
- Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight or for long periods.
- Wipe down the sink to remove excess water if you are having a roach issue.
- Remove items from your pantry and cabinets. Clean up any spills, throw away expired items, and store foods in sealed containers. Also, do not use newspaper to line cabinets.
I cleaned, so why do I still have roaches?
While cleaning up will help reduce the conditions that attract roaches and can help get rid of them. It’s often not enough. My Pest Pros’ trained and experienced professionals can help identify where roaches are living, conditions that may be helping them breed, and using child and pet-friendly products to eliminate them.
An series of treatments for roaches is often needed to help break the breeding cycle of roaches. Our pest control plans can help eliminate your roach and other pest issues, and keep them away!