Finding a cockroach running across a room is the stuff of nightmares. And finding baby roaches in the pantry is a nightmare come to life. The rule also says that if you see one roach, dozens more are hidden out of sight. And as infamous carriers of disease and harmful bacteria, finding them in your pantry is not good.
In this article, you’ll learn how to eradicate these disgusting pests and prevent any further breeding inside your home.
How to get rid of baby roaches from the pantry [3 Solutions]
A good rule to follow before and after eliminating your roach infestation is to clean the entire pantry, wipe down every surface, and make sure there are no food crumbs or edible debris. This is the first step in preventing future problems.
Solution 1 | Diatomaceous Earth (DM) and flour
Mix equal parts of diatomaceous earth and flour and spread a thin layer of the mixture along the pantry’s perimeter and across the threshold outside the pantry. Because of the flour, passing roaches eat the mix, but the diatomaceous earth is deadly for them.
They also spread the mixture to additional roaches – therefore, this strategy aids in the control of the infestation throughout your home. Boric acid can also be used in place of diatomaceous earth.
Then replace everything in the pantry, crush some fresh bay leaves, and set them in open containers throughout your pantry. To keep the scent strong, replace the leaves every 1 to 2 weeks as the fragrance of bay leaves repulses cockroaches.
It’s important to note that boric acid is poisonous and should not be consumed. And if children or pets may come into contact with it, do not use it.
Solution 2 | Use water-resistant caulk
Roach management can be especially difficult because roaches can fit into the tiniest crevices. Caulk can be used to fill up any gaps in the pantry, kitchen, or cabinets. Choose a caulk that is suitable for the area where you will be filling gaps. For example, if you’re filling any holes under the sink, use a water-resistant caulk.
Solution 3 | Gel and other roach bait
Gel baits outperform sprays and liquid baits. They’re also safer since the bait stays contained as opposed to the liquids. The bait can be placed in your pantry, under the sink, along the bottom of cupboards, and in other cockroach-infested areas. All Cockroaches that come into contact with the gel disseminate it to other roaches, and the bait gradually eliminates them all.
The best places to apply gel bait are outside your pantry and in corners along the inside walls that are far away from food items.
Tips to avoid future cockroach infestations
- Clean your pantry to remove food sources.
- Choose if you want to use diatomaceous earth, boric acid, gel baits, or a professional
- Manage moisture and dampness inside your pantry
- Seal up cracks and access points
Once the infestation has been resolved, and baby roaches in the pantry are eradicated – making sure they don’t return is a matter of consistency when following the methods and tips mentioned above. After all, a little time spent protecting your food storage will help you and your health in the long run.
By the way, consider reading this article if you have baby roaches in your sink.