Imagine having cockroaches crawl all over the fresh bed linen that you just changed for the night. Well, the thought alone is cringe-worthy!
Even if you spot a single cockroach in your bedroom, you should immediately understand that there is more hiding somewhere in your room.
Your best bet against cockroaches is to prevent the infestation altogether. We’ll tell you how to do it.
How to Prevent Cockroaches in Bedroom
Now you know all the possible reasons why cockroaches may have found their way to your bedroom. Cockroach infestation is usually a result of our practices.
If we change the way we do things around our house, we can prevent a cockroach infestation in the first place.
Let’s see how we can prevent cockroaches in the bedroom and ensure our bedroom is a safe and hygienic place to be.
Clean Your Bedroom Regularly
Many people don’t clean their bedrooms regularly because bedrooms aren’t used as roughly as the rest of the house.
But this might increase the likelihood of cockroach infestation in the bedroom.
The key to preventing cockroaches in the bedroom and any other part of your house is cleanliness!
Clean your bedroom thoroughly every day. Vacuum the bedroom well, especially under the bed and around the corners.
Make sure there’s nothing that may make the environment of your bedroom damp like a pot of water containing fresh plants.
Make sure there are no leaking pipes in the bathroom that is attached to your bedroom. Also, de-clutter your bedroom every few days to make sure there are no hiding spots for cockroaches.
In short, if you don’t want cockroaches in your bedroom, you’ve got to work for it and make your bedroom absolutely clean and tidy so that there’s nothing for the cockroaches in there!
Empty the Bedroom’s Trash Can Every Day
If you’ve got a trash can in your bedroom, you’ve got to clean it every day. Don’t let wrappers of chips and biscuits sit in the trash can for even a single day.
It would be best if you could avoid having a trash can in your bedroom.
That’ll really reduce the risk of a cockroach infestation in the bedroom.
Don’t Accumulate Clutter
If you’ve got a lot of newspapers and cardboard boxes in your bedroom, it’s high time you consider getting rid of all of them before it’s too late.
You might not know this, but cardboard and paper absorb moisture and accumulate dust, making them ideal breeding and hiding grounds for cockroaches.
In fact, if cockroaches can’t find any food, they’ll start to feed on paper and cardboard.
So, one of the most effective ways of keeping cockroaches away from your bedroom is to de-clutter your bedroom every few days to ensure no papers and cardboard is lying around.
Don’t Eat in Your Bedroom
As we said earlier, food is the biggest inviting factor for cockroaches. Cockroaches have a powerful smelling sense, and they’ll know where food is.
The smell of food can linger around your bedroom for quite some time, so there’s plenty of time for cockroaches to come looking for food in your bedroom.
When you eat in your bedroom, you might drop a crumb or two of food in the room, and that’s what will pull cockroaches to your bedroom.
Once cockroaches find their way into your bedroom, their colony will only grow.
So, you should strictly follow a no-food-in-the-bedroom policy if you don’t want cockroaches to share a room with you!
Keep Your Bedroom and Attached Bathroom Dry
After food, water is one thing that cockroaches love. In fact, you’ll be surprised to know that cockroaches can go for days without eating, but they’ll die if they don’t get any water for a week.
Make sure there are no leaking pipes in your bedroom. Check your air conditioner and ensure the water pipe is intact. Also, make sure there are no leaking pipes in the attached bathroom.
Many people leave their bathtubs and bathroom wet after showering without realizing the moisture might attract cockroaches and other moisture-loving pests.
So, make sure to dry your bathroom post-showering every time.
Close All Entry Points
Cockroaches can make their way into your bedroom through the smallest openings like a crack in the window frame. One way to prevent cockroaches in the bedroom is to ensure there aren’t any access points.
Check your bedroom and attached bathroom thoroughly to ensure there are no openings or entry points that cockroaches outside your home may use to enter your bedroom.
If you see even a small opening that you feel is too small for cockroaches, seal it right away because no access point is too small for roaches!
Inspect Your Bedroom Every Few Months
Just because there are no cockroaches in your bedroom today doesn’t mean there can’t be any tomorrow.
One of the most effective ways to prevent a cockroach infestation in your bedroom is to thoroughly inspect your bedroom every few months.
Check behind the bed, under the mattress, behind the closet, and in your bathroom to ensure no cockroaches may be hiding.
Spray a cockroach killer right away to ensure the cockroaches don’t increase in number and spread all over your house.
Cockroach infestation is a nightmare for every homeowner. However, if you do all things right and at the right time, you can prevent cockroach infestation altogether!
What Brings Cockroaches to Your Bedroom?
The first question that you may ask yourself when you spot a cockroach in your bedroom is, ‘how on earth did a cockroach get here?’
Most homeowners have to deal with cockroach infestation at least once in their lives.
The most common places in the house where cockroaches are often found ARE the kitchen and bathroom.
Cockroaches love these places in your home because of food and moisture.
This might get you to wonder why there are cockroaches in your bedroom when there isn’t any food or moisture that would attract them.
That’s the thing! There might be something in your bedroom that you aren’t aware of that’s inviting cockroaches to your bedroom.
We’ve listed some possible reasons why you may have ended up having cockroaches in your bedroom.
Food is the single most important factor that plays a key role in cockroach infestations. If you’re habitual of having meals in your bedroom, spotting a cockroach shouldn’t surprise you. You’ve invited them!
Even if you’ve cleaned up all the food from your bedroom, the cockroaches will still be attracted to the smell of the food.
It’s not just the smell of the food that attracts cockroaches. They’ll rush to your room if there are even the smallest crumbles of food left that you might have missed while cleaning up.
The worst thing about cockroaches is that they can literally eat anything that’s available. It means there’s no one food that we can say is safe to eat in your bedroom.
Do you know what makes a cockroach infestation the nuisance it is? Their reckless eating habits. Even if there’s no food in your bedroom, you may still get cockroaches in your bedroom if it’s cluttered.
Cockroaches love cluttered spaces. Clutter gives them a lot of hiding space and also offers them plenty of food options. Cockroaches can feed on paper, cardboard, and various types of wood as well.
If your room is messy and cluttered, the risk of a cockroach infestation in your bedroom is pretty high!
Also read: How to Declutter Your Bedroom (5 Easy Steps)
Darkness and Moisture
Do you see cockroaches in your bedroom even when you’re completely avoiding having food there? This might be because your room is dark and damp, everything that cockroaches love.
If you don’t have any windows in your room that allow sunlight and fresh air to come into your bedroom, the chances of cockroaches making a home there are quite high.
Without any window in your room, your room may stay damp due to a lack of ventilation and airflow.
Not only does the room without windows stay dark and damp, but any strong smells (like food and drinks) linger around for longer, which is also a major inviting factor for cockroaches.
You Bring Home Cockroach-Infested Items
Nobody would willingly bring anything that’s infested by cockroaches into their bedroom. But bringing it unknowingly is a possibility.
You may bring in a box of winter clothes to your bedroom that you had stored in your basement during the winters that had cockroaches. The result is cockroaches in your bedroom!
Anything could be a carrier of cockroaches. It could be old clothes, old furniture, an old carton of books, or anything at all!
You Applied Cockroach Repellent around Your House
Another reason why cockroaches may enter your bedroom is fleeing.
If you’ve applied a cockroach repellant in your kitchen or anywhere else where there’s a cockroach infestation, the cockroaches will find safe shelter in areas where there’s no danger like your bedroom.
If you’re on a cockroach riddance mission, you should make sure you’re covering up any openings to your bedroom and other parts of your house where there are no cockroaches yet.
Can You Prevent Cockroaches from Making Home in Your Bedroom?
While nobody likes cockroaches anywhere in the house, having cockroaches in the bedroom is just unbearable!
The thought of cockroaches crawling over the pillows that you lay your face on is enough to make you scream! Let alone having a cockroach crawl over you while you’re sound asleep at night!
The good news is that you can prevent cockroaches in your bedroom. It’ll take a lot of active and consistent effort, but you can ensure that your bedroom stays cockroach free.
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