How to Prevent Cockroaches

A cockroach infestation can be very distressing, especially if you run a business. Cockroaches are  known carriers of diseases such as salmonella, dysentery and gastro-enteritis and exposure to this pest poses significant health risks. Cockroaches are also tough insects that breed very quickly, making it difficult to control an infestation once it occurs.

Expert removal solutions are available but there are also prevention methods to ensure that cockroaches stay away from your property. If you’ve had a cockroach infestation in the past or are worried about them being attracted to your property, see below for our top tips to prevent cockroaches.

Eliminate food sources

Cockroaches are excellent scavengers and they can easily survive on any crumbs, spills or leftover liquids on your property. Always clean up any spills or dropped food immediately and regularly sweep your kitchen to clear up crumbs. You should also thoroughly rinse any containers before placing them into your bin or recycling and use airtight containers to store any leftover food.

Keep on top of cleaning

One of the best ways to prevent an infestation is by keeping your property clean, tidy and hygienic. Cockroaches can still enter clean homes and businesses, but they’re much more likely to show up if cleaning standards aren’t up to scratch. Keep surfaces clean and free of crumbs, food spills or liquids and vacuum regularly to remove debris from floors and furniture.

Seal cracks and holes

General building maintenance helps to prevent cockroaches from accessing your property in the first place. Fill and seal any cracks and holes around skirting boards, under sinks, pipework, behind cabinets and around electrical sockets. Expanding foam is a good choice for any larger gaps or gaps in floorboards.

You should also seal any holes around drains and paint or varnish wooden shelves to seal any smaller cracks.


Cockroaches like to hide, so the less clutter you have, the less chances there are for them to nest. Cockroaches use a pheromone in their droppings to alert others that they’ve found a safe place, so remove any old cardboard, packaging or general unnecessary clutter.

If you’re in need of efficient cockroach removal in Yorkshire or the North West, get in touch with the experts at Copley Pest Solutions. We’re on hand to provide swift, effective removal solutions, as well as advice on how to prevent cockroaches from returning to your property. Cockroaches can quickly multiply, so don’t delay, give us a call now or contact us online for more information.