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Get Rid of Cockroaches Without Pesticides

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Get rid of cockroaches without pesticides


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You can control cockroaches by removing their water, food, and shelter.

Remove their source of water.

Cockroaches cannot live without water for more than one week. Use these tips to reduce their water sources:

  • Drain water from sinks.
  • Wipe water and liquids off the counter.
  • Fix (or report to the property manager) leaking faucets, valves, dishwashers, and washing machines.
  • Empty extra water in flower pots, plant stands and pet drinking bowls.

Starve them.

Cockroaches will go somewhere else if they can’t find food in your home. Use these tips to reduce their source of food:

  • Store all food, including flour and sugar, in covered plastic containers and place inside the cupboard.
  • Clean dirty dishes right away. Keep kitchen counters and the stove clean and dry.
  • Keep a tight lid on trash and empty it often.
  • Empty pet food dishes every night.
  • Get rid of unnecessary cardboard. Cockroaches eat the binding glue.

Lock them out.

Cockroaches usually live in walls or other confined spaces.

  •  Seal cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows.
  • Clean up clutter, especially stacks of newspapers, paper bags, and cardboard boxes.
  • Check boxes and bags for roaches before bringing them in your home.

As a last resort, use tamper-resistant bait stations.

bait station

Place in an area where children and pets cannot reach them. For heavy infestations, replace bait stations every three to four weeks. Read the label and follow the directions.

How bait works: A cockroach that feeds on the bait can poison up to 40 other cockroaches through contact. Bait can reduce roach populations very quickly.

Do not use spray insecticides when using bait. Sprayed insecticides will repel cockroaches from baited areas defeating the job of the bait.

Do not use insect foggers or bug bombs:

  • They do not work. Cockroaches will move deeper into the wall and other hard-to-reach areas where the pesticide can't reach them.
  • Bug bombs can expose your family and pets to the pesticide. They leave the pesticide on your counters, bedding, toys, pet food dishes, and all exposed surfaces in your living space.
  • Bug bombs are flammable – and can easily catch on fire. In some cases bug bombs have triggered house fires and even explosions when the fog reached a pilot light on the stove, water heater or other ignition source.


How to deal with cockroaches. Stop Pests in Housing. 
About cockroaches, other pests and asthma. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency