How To Prevent Cockroaches In Kitchen Cabinets

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Salmonella, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, allergies, as well as other diseases, germs and bacteria are just a few of the most pressing health concerns associated with cockroaches. The health issues alone should be more than enough of a reason for you to seek out how to prevent cockroaches in kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets act as perfect hiding, feeding and breeding grounds for cockroach colonies.

Cockroaches are classified as insects that fall into the Blattodea order (an order which also includes termites). Although there are greater than 4,600 known kinds of cockroaches, approximately 30 species are believed to inhabit human habitats. Given the high-risk of disease and infection, coupled with the difficulty associated with cockroach control, homeowners should stay away from do-it-yourself solutions to take care of an existing cockroach infestation.

Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, a family should first look for how to prevent cockroaches in kitchen cabinets in the first place. Cockroaches possess an amazing ability to survive in some of the world’s most barren environments. Therefore, homes provide thousands of areas for cockroaches to scavenge for food and other living essentials. Kitchen cabinets, in particular, are favourite hiding spots for cockroaches. Your home is a never-ending buffet of food waste, crumbs and treats for an army of cockroaches. This coupled with a vast number of hiding places, and breeding grounds make having a reputable and licensed exterminator even more critical. So as far as prevention goes, clean every last area of your kitchen or any other place you eat food! It’s areas where you’re most likely to find scraps of food, crumbs and other edibles that ultimately allow cockroaches to thrive inside your home. Make sure to regularly wipe down kitchen cabinets both inside and out. Splattered food on the outside of kitchen cabinets or crumbs left on the inside can provide the incentive for cockroaches to stick around. This simple preventative method will go a long way towards reducing the chances of these unwelcome guests taking up permanent residence inside your domicile.

What to do if you see cockroaches in kitchen cabinets

Having multiple cockroaches in your home or business in disgusting and undesirable. Cockroaches are known to transmit diseases leaving behind stains and unpleasant odors.  That’s is why it can be very frustrating when you first spot a cockroach in your cabinet. The most effective means of treating a cockroach infestation is by preventing it in the first place.

Clean up your cabinets

Good cleaning habits will keep away cockroaches and discourage them from attacking your cabinets. Leaving crumbs and uncovered food in your cabinets will invite them. Therefore, always make sure that you clean up your cabinets, seal up crack and crevices and store food in plastic containers.

Reduce hiding places

Decluttering your house will go along way in reducing the number of placed cockroaches can hide. The more places cockroaches have in your home to hide the more likely they will attack your cabinets. If possible caulk, seal all cracks in your cupboards and exterior structures. Also, perform an inspection of your appliances for cockroach presence.

Why Cockroaches like living in kitchen cabinets

One of the reasons why a cockroach will invade your home is in search of food, water and shelter. Your kitchen cabinets offer a valuable source of food since it is ever fully packed. In case you rarely cover food, or leave cereal boxes open, cockroaches will surely find their way into your cabinets. Cabinets also make the perfect hiding spaces given that they are dark, and stacked with containers and food.

Cockroaches living in your cabinet is very dangerous since it provides everything they need, they will soon begin to multiply, posing a threat to your health and comfort.

Ways to Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Kitchen Cabinet

Cockroaches love the dark, it’s almost impossible to see them comfortably scurrying around in broad daylight, and in case they do, it might be a sign of a serious infestation.  Dark spaces in your kitchen such as your cupboards, closets, cabinets and drawers offer the best hiding spots for cockroaches.

Cockroaches love being around water since they cannot survive without it for more than seven days. Therefore, the areas that connect pipes to your premises often behind cabinets and floors are sources of warmth, water and dampness, which cockroaches seem to enjoy.

If you spot cockroaches in your cabinet, you could easily get rid of them by using poison baits and pesticides. However, you need to be cautious when using chemical since they have toxins that could contaminate your food. Also ensure you safely place the baits where pets and children cannot access them. Cleaning your kitchen regularly will also discourage cockroaches from invading your kitchen cabinets. Ensure you have no leaking pipes, and keep all surfaces dry.

If you can still spot cockroaches, it might be a good idea to contact your local exterminator. They will perform an inspection and advise you on the best course of action.

However, if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of having cockroaches around your home, then the first thing you must do is to reach out to a licensed exterminator to expedite the removal of these little health threats. The biggest mistake that an individual can make is wasting time, money and introducing additional chemicals to their residence while attempting to take care of a cockroach infestation on their own.

In the end, while you’re spinning your wheels with traps and sprays the enemy is becoming more and more entrenched in your living quarters while continuing to breed and spreading diseases to you and your loved ones. This puts your family at risk while making it more difficult and costly for you to have them removed down the road.

If you happen to have a cockroach problem call the Exterminators now at 647-496-2211. We deal with all types of cockroach problems in and provide effective solutions to all cockroach problems including for German and Oriental cockroaches.

Article Updated: November 2nd, 2018 

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Joe The Exterminator
Joe The Exterminator

Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.