How to Prevent Cockroaches in Your Drains

cockroach emerging from drain
What You'll Need
Tools for fixing drains
Drain stoppers
Boiling water

One of the hardiest animals on the planet, cockroaches can live without food for up to one month. However, they do need water, which is why these nocturnal pests love to live in your drains. Though you might be able to temporarily exterminate cockroaches with roach spray, to get rid of cockroaches in your drains, you must prevent them from returning by providing uninhabitable living conditions.

Step 1 – Fix Any Drain Leaks

One of the easiest ways to get cockroaches out of your drain is to make your drain an undesirable place to live. Drains that have food and water present are the perfect homes for these roaches. To prevent them from returning, you should always thoroughly run your garbage disposal and promptly fix any leaks that would allow these pests to have a continuous water source. To get rid of any food debris already down your drains, pour vinegar or boiling water down your drains.

Step 2 – Cover Drains With a Stopper

Next, cover any drains with sink stoppers when they are not in use. By doing this, cockroaches will not be able to get in or out of your drains. You should follow this rule especially at night because roaches are nocturnal creatures.

Step 3 – Keep Counters and Appliances Clean

Once you’ve taken the above steps, you shouldn’t have any cockroaches coming from your drains. However, to be safe you should keep all counters and appliances near drains clean so that the roaches have nothing to be attracted to. Use cockroach traps, away from pets and children, in nearby corner areas to catch any stray roaches.