How do I get roaches out of my car?

Question: How do I get roaches out of my car?

ANSWER: Well, the good news is that they will not live in the car very long because it is generally a hot, dry place with no food. The first step would be to vacuum the car very well. This is likely to remove most of the problem you have. Then, get some sticky traps and place them on the floor of the car for a few days to capture the ones the vacuum didn't get.

The most effective ways to control roaches in your car involve the use of mechanical and sanitation control measures. These can include:

  • Using a portable vacuum to remove the roaches you see, plus keep the car’s interior clean. Vacuuming is very important since the vacuum not only removes cockroaches, but also food crumbs, etc. that provide cockroaches with a good source of food. It is very important to vacuum as thoroughly as possible in all crevices, gaps, and under seats. In addition, don’t forget to wipe clean any spills of liquids on the seats or floor.
  • Using adhesive “sticky traps” to capture foraging roaches.
  • Using commercial cockroach bait stations placed in “out of the way” areas where cockroaches may be hiding. Be sure to follow the directions on the product’s label to ensure safety to children and pets. Also, be sure to remove the bait stations when the problem is solved.
  • Making sure you are not introducing cockroaches into your car by transporting cockroach-infested items. Often, people unknowingly move cockroaches from one place to another via cardboard boxes, paper or plastic sacks, backpacks, or items they may be getting rid of and hauling in their car.


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