Cockroaches: Does “Starving Them Out” Actually Work?

November 19, 2021

When you find out you have cockroaches in your Las Vegas home, your first thought is to go on a “cockroach hunt” to see how far the infestation has spread. You will probably also google how to stop the infestation and inevitably come across the idea of “starving them out.” But does this idea actually work?

cockroach on a loaf of bread

What Do Cockroaches Eat?

Not only do cockroaches multiply quickly, but they also eat voraciously and with abandon. Their favorite foods include sugars, starches, or fats, but they will eat almost anything. As omnivores, they will consume animal or plant material. Going beyond that, cockroaches will eat pet food, moldy food, excrement, plants, makeup, soap, wallpaper, glue, and book bindings! Unless you strip your home down to its foundation and burn everything you own, you will most likely NOT be able to starve them out. 

Pest Control Strategies for Cockroaches.

If you happen to catch a cockroach problem before it spreads out of one room (usually the kitchen) and into the next, you may be able to contain a cockroach infestation. Keeping pantry food up and in sealed containers, sweeping and cleaning regularly, and taking the garage out might slow the population growth. Still, eventually, a professional will have to step in.

How To Prevent an Infestation

Instead of wondering if you should starve out a cockroach infestation, here are a few tips to stop an infestation before it starts.

  • Keep it clean. Good sanitation is the number one way to ensure that a cockroach infestation isn’t a problem in your home.

  • Limit where you eat. Try not to eat throughout your home as crumbs and clean-up are harder to maintain.

  • Remove anything that cockroaches can use as shelters, such as cardboard and clutter.

  • Empty the trash. Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids and store your outside trash cans well away from the home’s exterior. 

The best form of prevention and intervention is to call a pest control professional. Anver Pest Control will create a customized plan for your Las Vegas home, guaranteeing that your home and family are safe from cockroaches and all pests that would call your house “home.” Call us today for a free home inspection! 

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