7 Fast Ways to Remove Cockroaches from Cars

Cockroaches are perhaps the most resilient bugs on the planet. They run fast, hide in the tiniest of crevices and seem to be unaffected by most attempts to get rid of them. What makes them so hard to get rid of is the fact that no matter how clean you keep the area, they can survive on the smallest spec of food. Getting them in the car is not unheard of due to the fact that many people eat on the go these days. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of roaches in your car.

What Doesn’t Work

Citrus sprays or vinegar don’t get rid of these pesky bugs. Most insects do not like the smell of citrus or strong smells such as cinnamon or cloves, but that is not enough to deter them. Another substance people often use is boric acid. In the home this is fine, but in the car, it is too messy and in such a confined area it may have some adverse affects on people or pets if absorbed into the mucous membranes of the nose or throat. Foggers and bug bombs are also not a good idea to use in such a small space.

How to Effectively Get Rid of Them


Remove mats and rugs or anything else that is removable. The more bare, the better. It may seem like a shame to take out those decorator floor mats you just bought, but they will prove to be a hindrance when it comes to consistent cleaning.


Vacuum the whole car front to back every week. The easiest way to do this is to take it to a hand car wash and use their attachments to get into those tight corners.

Make a “No Eating in the Car” Rule

Allowing yourself or guests to eat in your car will invariably guarantee that crumbs fall to the floor no matter how careful you are. If you do not vacuum these up immedeately, the cockroaches will continue to have food to keep them alive and if they remain alive they will keep breeding and the their infestation in your automobile will continue to grow. Obviously we do not want this, so it is simple to enact a “Not eating in the Car” rule.

This is a tough one because a lot of people eat in the car on the way to work, to after-school activities and school events. Busy schedules make it a necessity to eat on the run and that means a lot of empty sandwich wrappers and crumbs that are often left behind in haste. Try to eat before getting into the car, or if you have to, bring a lunch box to eat in and throw away trash immediately.

Bait and Traps

A safe way to use roach bait in a confined area is to set them out at night. People often think that the heat from a car being parked in the sun all day would kill them, but roaches are actually nocturnal and sleep during the day. Also by setting them out in areas such as in the trunk, under the seats and on floorboards you will have a better chance of trapping or baiting them when they are the least likely to be disturbed. Glue traps are quite effective for capturing them. For safety, simply remove the traps and bait in the morning before anyone gets in.

Prevent Re-infestation

Keeping roaches away is a lot easier than getting rid of them again and again. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to avoid a re-infestation is to be diligent about keeping the car clean. Remove trash immediately and vacuum frequently.

To avoid having these little critters come back again you’ll need to keep the car in pristine condition. Besides implementing a “no eating in the car” rule, make sure everyone takes their backpacks and bags with them when leaving the car. These guys like to travel back and forth from place to place and hitch a ride in whatever they can. Now that you know how to get rid of roaches in your car, you’ll be better equipped at dealing with them in the future in other areas.


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