Stop cockroaches from invading your home

Have pesky cockroaches taken over your home? They can be difficult to get rid of, so the best way is to make sure they don’t get in to start with.

March 10, 2022

Seal cracks and holes

Have a quick look around your home inside and out and if you spot any obvious cracks, holes or gaps in walls, doorways or windows, seal them up. This could be a bit of a challenge If you have an older home. The bonus is that it will also make your home more weatherproof.

Plan your garden beds carefully

Keep garden beds as far from your house as possible. Some species of cockroach are commonly found in mulch, so you are practically inviting them into your home!  

Don’t leave cardboard boxes lying around

Cardboard boxes are a food sources and breeding ground for these little critters.  

Don’t feed them!

Cockroaches are attracted to easily accessible food sources.  

  • Keep your kitchen surfaces clean  
  • Store all leftovers in airtight containers
  • If you drop any food on the floor, clean it up straight away
  • Don’t let your kids have food in their bedrooms (especially teenagers who could be hosting a whole colony of cockroaches under the bed!)
  • Empty your bin regularly
  • Wipe up any splatters from your stove top
  • Don’t leave dirty crockery or cutlery lying around
  • Make sure there are no food remnants in your sink or dishwasher
  • Clean any pet food bowls every day and keep pet food in an airtight container
  • Make sure they don’t have access to any water. Wipe up spills, and have any leaking taps or pipes fixed.

If cockroaches have already moved in, it could be worth getting to some professional help to evict them!