Best Tips To Prevent Cockroaches From Coming Back Into Your Home Or Business

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Here is ASPC’s free list of top tips to prevent cockroaches from coming back into your home or business and becoming an infestation again

Firstly, if you have a cockroach infestation and a nest in your property, these tips will not work and you will need to speak to us to get rid of them from your property professionally. If you have had some small problems or used a professional pest controller in the past then these tips will help prevent roaches from returning to your property.

Pest Controller Tips

Most of the following tips will likely have been given to you by your local pest controller to help prevent them from returning, but the following tips will all work quite effectively if you do them constantly as part of an ongoing hygiene regimen.

The only way to prevent cockroaches from returning is to remove what attracted them in the first place (i.e. food).

Cockroach Hygiene Tips

  • Clean up spills and remove dirty dishes quickly
  • Ensure all rubbish is in secure containers
  • Put on the dishwasher regularly, don’t leave it stacked
  • Don’t leave pet food out overnight
  • Fix any leaks and areas of moisture
  • Fill any cracks and crevices
  • Don’t store cardboard boxes

If you have cockroaches it doesn’t particularly mean your home is dirty, they can be attracted to just the smallest traces of food and smells. of smells but keeping your kitchen and dining areas cleaner and not leaving food lying around will massively help.

The Best Cockroach Prevention Techniques

  • Seal Up Entry Points - Just like rats and rodents If you haven’t previously used a pest controller then have an inspection of your home around all the perimeter walls for openings cockroaches can get into. Even small cracks and holes can give them access. Pay attention to doors, door frames, windows and vents as well as cracked or broken masonry and drains.
  • Move Garden Beds - Mulched areas or watered bedding areas that border your house are a haven for cockroaches. This isn’t always possible but keeping them away from your perimeter walls will help as they won’t wander across open areas.
  • Clean Up Your Garden Or Yard - Try and get rid of all loose debris, rubbish and clutter from your garden or yard to prevent nesting sites. Move bins further away from your walls. Don’t leave full or open bin bags anywhere, always place them in dustbins or wheelie bins.
  • Get Rid Of Cardboard & Paper - Cockroaches communicate through pheromones which are left on soft porous surfaces like paper, cardboard and soft woods and some furnishings. If you have any of this stored on your ground floors or basements then get rid of it as they will breed there.
  • Reduce Access To Water - If you have any damp patches, leaks or water stored anywhere, make sure that cockroaches can’t access it. They absolutely need water to survive. They can live a month without food but only a week without water. Check your kitchen or basement pipes for even a drip coming from them.

Utilise Cockroach Repellant Smells

Much like rodents, there are certain smells that cockroaches don’t like and will greatly deter them from entering your property, like oregano, rosemary, mint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and catnip. Leave or rub them near what you perceive to be access points both inside and out.


In short, cleanliness both inside and out, plus restricting access are the key factors in preventing cockroaches from returning. The above can be a lot of work and remember that licensed pest controllers have access to better poisons, baits, sprays and techniques that you don’t so for more specific advice or full cockroach treatment in Maitland, Cessnock or Lake Macquarie then please give ASPC a call today.


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