How To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Kitchen

Written by: Frank || Published: February 16, 2021

Cockroaches are easily one of the most hated pests, and they unfortunately, they call Yuma home. They are disgusting, persistent and hearty insects that can feed on anything, from feces, leftover foods, dead animals, and even insects of their own species. They love dark, warm, and moist places, and they easily adapt to any environment. Often times, the only way to get rid of cockroaches is to call professionals. 

These insects multiply fast as they contaminate food, water, damage wallpaper, trigger allergies, and spread diseases. A cockroach infestation is very difficult to get rid of, and they are usually found in most homes in the kitchen, bathroom, pantry, and other parts of the house in search of food and water. 

If you ever see one cockroach in your house, it's almost certain that there are many others in hiding, waiting for the light to go off and begin their search for food and mates. This article is to educate you on the best ways to permanently keep cockroaches out of your kitchen and the entire house in general. Before that, let us discuss the behaviors that attract these beasts to your lovely kitchen. This is to help you understand and desist from such acts.

What Attracts Cockroaches To Your Kitchen

Many pests are most likely to breed in dirty, untidy, and poor hygienic environments, which is why you must always keep a clean and sanitary environment. To avoid the attraction of insects such as ants, cockroaches, termites, and even rodents, you must endeavor to practice good environmental hygiene. Below are some of the bad kitchen behaviors that you need to stop.

Roaches Love Dirty Dishes In The Sink!

Leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight or for too long during the day is a bad habit that attracts cockroaches to your kitchen. It would help if you washed, dry, and properly arrange the dishes and other cooking utensils when done with them.

Leaving Crumbs On The Counter/ Floor

This is something that most people are guilty of, especially those with little children. The cockroach is an insect with a very sensitive sense of smell; thereby, they can easily perceive crumbs that you carelessly leave lying on the floor. And as we already said that cockroaches feed on anything at all they can find in your apartments. This is why you need to always mop the floor and wash the washables to ensure there is no iota of substances that can attract these insects to your kitchen and every other part of your home.

Garbage In The Kitchen

If you ever have to keep a basket bin in the kitchen, you must always empty the basket every day. Some people are fond of keeping the garbage bin in the kitchen till it is full to the brim before taking it out; this act will definitely attract ants and cockroaches to your kitchen. Moreover, it is ideal that you keep the basket bin out of the kitchen. Some other bad kitchen behaviors include leaving empty cans, bottles, cartons, and other useless empty packages as all these serve as a good hideout for several insects. 

How to Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Kitchen

Now that you know the bad kitchen habits that attract cockroaches to your kitchen, we will now talk about the effective ways to get rid of these persistent insects permanently. The first effective way we will discuss is by using the insect's sensitive sense of smell against them. There are some smells that cockroaches can not abide by, and all you have to do is invite this smell into the kitchen; this will instantly send the adamant cockroaches packing.


Fortunately, cockroaches hate the smell of lavender, and this is what makes it an effective way of keeping them out of your kitchen. To use the lavender oil, pour it in a spray bottle and then spray it on the surfaces where you are likely to find cockroaches. Another way of saying goodbye to cockroaches using lavender is by planting the lavender tree outside your house.


As much as you may love the smell of fresh fruits, cockroaches find the scent of citrus otherwise. You can drive away cockroaches by using citrus cleaners in your kitchen, bathroom, and other necessary places, as cockroaches hate the smell of citrus. Another way is by keeping some citrus peels in strategic places around your house so that cockroaches will perceive the smell, which will force them to stay away. However, you will need to refresh the scent by removing the old citrus peels and replacing them with new ones. 

Aside from the smell repellent methods, there are other effective methods that you can use to keep cockroaches out of your kitchen and home. Below are some Do It Yourself (DIY) methods of preventing these diseases spreading insects from taking up your space.

Install Door Sweeps And Seal Cracks

Cockroaches make their way into your house from under doors, cracks in the wall, holes, broken pipes, and other open areas where you may not even notice were broken. One of the easiest ways to prevent cockroaches from gaining entrance into your kitchen is by making sure there are no lapses or cracks that may give them access into any part of your house. That is, you will need to check the entire house as cockroaches may be gaining their way through other open parts from the bathroom, bedroom, living room, or other parts of the apartment.

When you do notice any cracks and holes, you will need to seal them as soon as possible. You can seal smaller ones with caulk, while the larger gaps and pipes can be sealed with foam or steel wool. If you notice big cracks around the attic vents or chimneys, you should create barriers using fine wire mesh.

However, the best way to go about this is by inviting a licensed exterminator to do an inspection, as they will effectively locate the cracks that roaches love and seal them for you effectively.

Regularly Clear Out Clutter

Another DIY strategy for roach control is by making sure you keep a tidy and jumble-free kitchen. You need to create free and open spaces and avoid leaving any stuff lying around. When your kitchen is free of clutter, there will be no hideouts for any pests, and your kitchen will not be hospitable for roaches. This method, coupled with the use of insecticide, will give you an excellent result.

Get Professional Cockroach Control

Roaches are very difficult to get rid of. You may has some success in keeping them out of a room for a while, but if you've seen one then there are others. The only way to be truly sure that your cockroach infestation is gone for good, is to call professional pest control technicians out to your home. Hitman Pest of Yuma are experts are protecting Yuma residents from the cockroach menace. If you spot one, it's time to call us.

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