Can Cold Kill Cockroaches?

Can Cold Kill Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are some of the most difficult pests to get rid of. They’re resistant to pesticides, they can survive for months without food, and they can hide in the tiniest of gaps. You may have tried what feels like everything to get rid of them, but what about the cold? As cockroaches, like many other insects, prefer the warmth, you may have considered opening up the house in the wintertime to drive them out. Dropping the temperature in your home will help deter the pests, but it takes prolonged exposure to freezing cold temperatures to get rid of cockroaches. If you need any help removing cockroaches from your home, Cockroach Control would be glad to help.

Cockroaches have been a bother to human beings for thousands and thousands of years. These pests like to take advantage of us by moving into our homes for warmth, shelter, and food. The German cockroach, the most common species in North America, especially likes kitchens. This is because of their easy access to food and abundance in hiding spots. Cockroaches are happiest in temperatures between 25 and 30°C, so living indoors is ideal.  

When treating for cockroaches, cold temperatures simply won’t do the trick. You would need to make your entire home reach -17°C very suddenly and keep it that cold for several hours. This would be the only way to ensure the eggs have been eliminated as well as the adults. The best way to make cold temperatures work for you is to place infested objects and appliances in the freezer and leave them there for a few hours. It really takes a professional intervention to eliminate cockroaches. 

While lowering the temperature of the home will help deter cockroaches, there are several other preventative measures you can also take to prevent them from entering your home. First, keep your home clean and tidy. This means washing the dishes every day, putting food away in secured containers, and taking out garbage on a regular basis. You want to reduce the smell of food in your home. Keep surfaces clean by sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping. Fix leaky faucets and check the kitchen sink for any leaks to reduce the amount of moisture there is in the room. Sealing any gaps that you find in the kitchen or bathroom is also a good idea as this will block potential entry points. 

So, yes – cold temperatures kill cockroaches, but you can’t get rid of an infestation with the cold. If you suspect a cockroach problem in your home or business, reach out to The Exterminators Inc. Our experienced technicians will carefully assess your living situation and provide you with the best service out there. We use safe and effective insecticides that reach every bug in the house and prevent them from coming back. Call The Exterminators – Pest Control Mississauga. now to see how we can help.