Cockroaches are gross and can become a nuisance in the home. Some of the worst places to see them are in the bathroom and in the kitchen. While cooking breakfast, you are getting a bowl out and see one crawl across the cabinet! Ugh! Now you are wondering how to get rid of cockroaches in kitchen cabinets? There are some great DIY ways and then if those don’t work, contacting a pest control company is a way to go to kill the cockroaches.
Why Cockroaches Like Kitchen Cabinets
In the U.S. we mostly have the American Cockroach and German Cockroach. Cockroaches are disgusting and they like cold and dark places. They are nocturnal so they travel around the home mostly in the evenings in the places where there is no one. In the evenings, they are on the lookout for food and water and often like the cabinets as they are undisturbed and this is where their food sources may be.
Dangers of Cockroaches
Unfortunately, cockroaches are dangerous to the health of humans.
- Cockroaches shed – this can cause allergen and asthma issues for those in your home.
- Disease carrying – these pests carry disease and can make humans sick with cholera, salmonella, typhoid fever, and many other ailments.
- Contaminate food – if roaches come in contact with food, they can contaminate it and make you very sick.
How to Prevent and Get Rid of Cockroaches in Kitchen Cabinets
- Borax – clean your cabinets with Borax. This will help get rid of these pests as it is deadly to them.
- Powdered sugar – sounds weird but combining this with Borax will make it attractive to the cockroach. Good news is the Borax will kill them.
- Bay Leaves – spread these out in your cabinets and they will repel the cockroaches. They don’t like the smell!
- Soap and Water Spray – combine water and dish soap together and put in a spray bottle. Then, when you see roaches, spray them as it will dry them up and kill them.
- Eggshells – another repellent as cockroaches don’t like them. Make sure you wash out the eggshell first.
- Take Away Food Sources – clean up food right away, as well as spills and wipe down cabinets each day. This includes covering pet food.
- Check for Water Sources – if you have a leak in your kitchen sink, this is providing water for a roach.
- Look for Entry Points – Cockroaches enter your home through cracks and crevices. Make sure you have enough calking, spray foam and weather-stripping.
- Essential Oils – using essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint oil, Cyprus, Cedar, Catnip, Rosemary or Oregano oils, you can combine a few drops of one of these with water in a spray bottle and spray areas where you see the roaches. It should help keep them away for at least a few days.
- Boric Acid – You can lay boric acid dust on the cabinets, surfaces and crevices that roaches crawl over and this will kill them. This is an insecticide and as the roach climbs in it, it gets on their bodies. Then, the roach ingests it and eventually dies.
While you are getting rid of cockroaches in the kitchen cabinets and other areas, take a look in the bathroom. You want to make sure you don’t have ants in the bathroom. If you do, find the trail and see where they are coming from and seal up the areas or clean up the source. You may want to also let your pest control company know about this issue too.
Another area to take a look at is signs of a pest infestation. This will be droppings from the pest throughout the home and yard, as well as anthills outside, plant damage, and nesting signs.
Lastly, look at the walls in your home. There are some signs of water damage such as cracking, bubbling, flaking of the walls, a musty or damp smell, and sounds of running water to name a few. These wet areas may also attract roaches and other pests, as well as cost you a lot of money to fix so be sure to take care of the issue quickly.
Call a Professional
A professional pest company can help you get rid of your cockroach infestation in your kitchen and other rooms. Pest control is affordable and gives you peace of mind. Rates start at $45 a month and increase depending on where you live, the size of the home, the issue, and the plan.
This is definitely something to budget for as you will pay more in doctor bills if your family members or pets become ill because of roaches. Not sure if pest control is worth it? Take a look at our blog and it may change your mind!
Roaches are yucky and need to stay out of the home. Following the recommendations above can help you do just that and keep a roach problem at bay. Lastly, it is vital to keep your family and pets healthy and avoid inviting these pests into your home. All South Pest Control will be able to determine your basic pest service needs in McDonough, GA, and the surrounding areas.