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Holiday Clean-Up: Keep Roaches at Bay

Many people live for the holidays. It’s a joyous time of year, and it’s the season when you invite friends and family into your home to share the delight and good cheer. But it’s also the time of year when uninvited guests can show up too, crawling around your house in the dark looking for a free meal.

The best way to avoid such an unpleasant situation and keep roaches at bay is through prevention. If your entertainment plans include cooking and baking for friends and family this year, follow these clean-up tips to make sure only the guests you invite show up for dinner.

  1. Clean up as you go so that you’re not leaving out food-covered pots, pans, plates and utensils.
  2. Don’t allow kitchen garbage cans to overflow - dispose of trash promptly. (You can make disposal easier by double- or triple-line trash cans so a clean bag is in place when a full bag is removed.)
  3. Be sure to empty the kitchen sink of all dishes and try to keep your countertop clutter-free.
  4. Laying newspaper or wax paper beneath food preparations before you start can make cleanup easier as it will catch errant crumbs and spills so all you have to do is crumple up the paper and toss it in the garbage can.
  5. Jars of peanut butter and other sticky foods can be a big attraction for cockroaches so give all your jars and bottles a quick wipe down before putting them away.
  6. Keep the kitchen smelling fresh by dropping either citrus peels or ice cubes made from water and vinegar down the disposal.
  7. Store your recently baked goods, as well as leftovers, in airtight containers – starchy, sugar-rich sweets are an open invitation for cockroaches.
  8. Dispose of excess grease by refrigerating it in a bowl or other container lined with aluminum foil; within in a few hours the grease will harden and you can ball it up in the foil and throw away.
  9. Keep cockroaches at bay and prevent any future cockroach infestations by using Combat® baits and gels in the kitchen, bathrooms, pantries, and other areas where cockroaches have been detected.

For more information on how Combat baits and gels work and how best to prevent roaches from invading your home and bathroom, view our helpful cockroach prevention video. You should also explore the Combat® website for more great tips, advice and helpful information for the holiday season. And visit the Combat® video archive to learn more about Combat baits and gels and what makes them such potently effective cockroach killers.