There are numerous perks to living in an apartment building. You might have more amenities, and you’ll not have to worry about lawn maintenance or repairs. However, though it might seem comfortable living, there is a more prevalent issue for apartments, that is cohabitating with unwanted pests, namely cockroaches. 

Roaches have certainly earned a name for themselves. Most are familiar with a ‘New York Cockroach’ that seemingly is impossible to kill and will keep coming back no matter what you do. Though they have this reputation, roaches aren’t impossible to get rid of. You take proper care and consider professional pest control. Roach removal services can be an excellent choice for anyone wanting immediate relief. In this article, we’ll explore why roaches are wrong, and what you can do to get rid of them.


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Cockroach infestation in apartments

While ants are the most common pests to plague single-family homes and apartments, cockroach infestations aren’t far behind. Though they are annoying to see and frightening to some, they have other disadvantages aside from being unwanted. 

Cockroaches are known to carry pathogens that have been linked to certain diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cockroaches are listed as potential carriers or possible contributors to diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever, and viral diseases. 

According to Averse Pest Control, the presence of cockroaches has been linked to asthma, among other diseases that can be spread by them.

The problem with cockroaches being found in one unit is that they have the potential to affect any adjoining or nearby apartments. For units that share a wall or common areas, there is much more likely. Because they spread very quickly, a cockroach infestation must be dealt with swiftly.


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Tips on how to get rid of roaches in an apartment

Would you like to know the most effective methods for eliminating cockroaches from your apartment? Here we dive into some of the best remedies for giving you back a pest-free rental. 

Keeping your place clean 

Roaches love mess. They love things on the floor, and food crumbs sprinkled everywhere. To combat making your home seem like a vacation hot spot for bugs, cleaning up is the first step. Vacuum regularly. If there are crumbs on the counter, dispose of them properly in a sealed trash can. It would be best if you also kept trash in a designated receptacle with a lid. This can also prevent other infestations, including ants. 

Limiting food and water resources

As mentioned above, when you cut the roaches off at the knees and take away their food and water source, they will leave. There is nothing there for them. The goal is to make your home not-so-habitable for roaches. If you have water leaks under your kitchen or bathroom sink, these should be fixed. This is typically where cockroaches will find their water source. Remember always to keep food covered or in the refrigerator.

Covering and sealing drains and cracks

Cutting off the water source for roaches is critical. Just as you should look for leaks under the sink, you’ll want to check all your home’s drains for cracks. If you find any, seal them with the proper silicone sealant.

Making your own traps

Are the methods above not working? Creating your own roach traps is rather effective in some situations. The easiest method involved only two objects: a water bottle and vaseline. Cut the top of the water bottle, then coat the inside with vaseline, place it in an area where you’ve noticed roaches, and wait. There are many DIY methods available online, but this is certainly the easiest to try. 

Own a cat!

Cat owners rejoice! Not only is your kitten expertly crafted to hunt mice, but they might also hold a secret to helping eliminate unwanted roaches. No, it’s not the cat hunting mice, but their catnip! Catnip is a natural pest deterrent that roaches just soon avoid. If catnip is present in your home, bugs are less likely to enter. Cats and catnip for the win!

Hire a professional service

There is no better method for eliminating roaches than hiring a professional pest controller for the task. They offer various methods of removal, including baits, that are incredibly effective at killing roach nests. Professional roach control services can sometimes take a week or two to eliminate the problem, but once they are gone, you needn’t worry. Continue with preventative treatments for a 100% pest-free property. 



Roaches aren’t suitable for our homes. Though they can withstand harsh conditions of no food or water for a while, they aren’t unbeatable. Consider the methods listed above to keep roaches out of your apartment. If you find that your residence has been invaded, and you’ve done your renter’s responsibility of keeping your unit clean, contact your landlord for service ASAP. 

Are you a landlord in the Coachella Valley searching for affordable pest control solutions to keep your rentals pest-free? Contact Bug Guys Pest Control today either online or by phone at (442) 227-8409 to request a free estimate!