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How Do I Get Rid of Roaches in the Kitchen?

The first thought that probably comes to mind when you see a cockroach scurrying across your kitchen floor is, “How do I get rid of these roaches?!” Unfortunately, your kitchen is full of food and water sources for roaches when they enter your home. The standing water in your kitchen sink and the leftover crumbs from last night’s dinner attract roaches, making it difficult to get rid of them.

Follow these simple steps to prevent a roach invasion in your kitchen:

  1. Keep your kitchen clean. Cleaning up your kitchen is the first step in preventing roaches from residing in your home. Roaches love anything from soft flour to thick grease, and have been known to get into other food products. Having the ability to detect even the smallest of food particles, roaches may take over your microwave, refrigerator, and even your cabinets. Be sure to wipe down countertops, and mop frequently to help limit food sources for hungry roaches. 
  2. Clean up highly trafficked food areas. Roaches prefer locations where food tends to collect, like around the dishwasher and between the stove/range and countertops. Keeping these areas clean and free from food particles will help keep roaches out of the kitchen. 
  3. Eliminate water sources. Roaches most commonly nest in moist, dark areas including: cracks and crevices, under kitchen appliances, under sinks, in cabinets, behind baseboards or moldings, in wall voids and pantries. Because roaches are attracted to water and moisture, they will drink from leaky faucets, leaky drains and condensation trays under refrigerators. Make sure to keep areas under sinks and appliances dry.
  4. Use Combat baits and gels. Combat roach killing baits and gels can be applied as a preventative measure to keep roaches from invading your home.

To learn more about how Combat® Baits and Gels work to control roaches and prevent roach problems, check out our helpful prevention video.