How to Get Rid of Roaches in Your Home

Cockroaches are attracted to warm, moist environments. They spend the daylight hours in dark, secluded sites under refrigerators, stoves, false bottoms in kitchen cabinets, in the backs of cabinets and in crevices between baseboards and floors or cabinets and walls. They may also be found behind pictures or within electronic equipment. A number of these openings will ultimately lead to voids in the stud walls. The insects leave these sites at night to forage for food and water. The presence of cockroaches in your Arizona home during the day may indicate a large population.

There are about 3,000 species of cockroaches in the world and about 50 occur in the United States. Of these 50 species, the three most common in the Northeast are the German cockroach, the American cockroach and the brown banded cockroach.

Identification of the infesting cockroach is crucial to successful management. Knowledge of the preferences and habitats of each species will help to provide more accurate and effective control.


We recommend anything that can be done to eliminate the sources of food and water for the cockroaches from the home environment will help in their control:

  • Do not allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink and remain there overnight.
  • Keep food scraps in the refrigerator or in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • If pets are in the home, keep the pet food in tightly sealed containers, and do not allow food to remain in the bowls overnight. Feed only what the animal will eat at the time of feeding.

Remove garbage from the home on a routine basis. Keep outside containers covered, especially at night.

Periodically check and clean the evaporation pan under the refrigerator or freezer.
A critical point may be the area between the stove and cabinet, where grease and food scraps often accumulate. Pull the stove out periodically and clean thoroughly.

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