The kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms in the house that cockroaches are attracted to the most. That is because cockroaches are always in search of food and water just like every other living creature, which leads them to your kitchen for a snack.
There are several things you can do to get rid of roaches from your kitchen, and make sure that they never come back. The first thing you need to do is choose your weapon of choice and pick a pesticide to put down throughout the kitchen. I will tell you your options for this and give you my recommendations.
Then you will need to take some more steps to make sure that the small cracks or holes in your home that the cockroaches use entryways are filled in and effectively blocked. Then you will need to clean the kitchen thoroughly using some chemicals that will deter the cockroaches from coming back.
Pick your cockroach poison
The thing you need to do first is put down a cockroach killer throughout your kitchen. You have several options here but there are differences between them which I will describe.
You want to make sure you put it down everywhere in the kitchen, along the walls and especially in the cabinets and behind the refrigerator and dishwasher. Basically, everywhere that roaches can scurry you want to make sure is covered with pesticide.
- Boric acid: This is my first recommendation as your best choice because it is cheap, highly effective, leaves little residue, and is not harmful to your pets or children. It is a chalk colored powder that comes in a bottle and you just clip off the top and that lets you inject the powder all along the areas that you want to.
- Cockroach gel or paste: This is also extremely effective at killing cockroaches, but it’s major drawback is that it leaves a residue behind. Some of these products can discolor your floor with a black or brown mark, so be careful with that. The advantage it has over boric acid powder is that it does not get dispersed as easily. Boric acid powder can be more easily moved by wind or foot traffic.
- Bait traps: These are great if you don’t have a big cockroach infestation, and perhaps if you have only seen a few of them. You can scatter several of them around the kitchen, and they are easy to slide underneath or behind the refrigerator and other large appliances. If you have a lot of cockroaches, I would recommend that you go with one of the other two choices, however.
Block the entryways to your kitchen
Cockroaches have to get in your kitchen somehow, and that is usually through small cracks or holes in the base of the floor. Get on your hands and knees and crawl around the kitchen and look for any of these entryways.
Use caulk to fill these holes. It’s a good idea to go ahead and seal the entire flooring area around your kitchen with caulk. Where the linoleum or tile meets the wall, go ahead and spread a layer of caulk all the way around the kitchen to seal in places where the roaches might get in.
This might sound like a big job, but it really doesn’t take that long. Make sure you caulk inside the cabinets and where the cabinets meet the wall, too.
Clean your kitchen thoroughly
Use a diluted bleach solution to thoroughly clean your kitchen, all along the floors and also the counter tops. Clean inside and on top of the stove, and move your refrigerator and clean in that area as well. Any residual food or grime can be smelled by cockroaches and it will attract them.
The bleach will help to mask any smells that bring in the roaches, and it is a great disinfectant as well. Make sure you do this regularly and keep your kitchen clean at all times. If there’s no food or water for the roaches to access, there will have no reason to coming your kitchen.
This should be enough to get rid of all the cockroaches in your kitchen. The cockroach poison may take several days to start working, but all of the products that I suggested are highly effective at killing cockroach infestations.