The inside of a home could be a haven for insects like ants and roaches if it is not kept clean and free of debris. Areas with food, water and dark spaces to hide are ideal environments for roaches and ants to live. Below are a few prevention tips for securing the inside of your home.

In the Kitchen:

  1. Keep the trash can closed, clean, and emptied regularly.
  2. On top and beneath the refrigerator is warm and attracts insects. Clean these areas regularly, as crumbs tend to collect here.
  3. Ants and roaches tend to gather and hide near water, so be sure to repair any leaks beneath the sink, and on the sink top, immediately.
  4. Ants and roaches tend to gather beneath the baseboards and underneath the stove, so be sure to clean this area regularly and keep it crumb and liquid free.
  5. All food should be stored in glass, plastic or metal containers with airtight lids in order to keep insects out.
  6. All drawers, shelves and cabinets should be properly lined and damage should be repaired immediately to ensure insects aren’t hiding here. Keep lining paper flat so that insects cannot hide beneath it.


  1. Keep the trash can closed, clean and emptied regularly.
  2. Ants and roaches like moisture, so areas like the sink (on top and below), behind the toilet, and near the tub should be regularly inspected for leaks and condensation. Any cracks should be sealed right away.
  3. Keep wet towels and toothbrushes out of drawers and cabinets so that it does not attract insects.

Living Room:

  1. Insects like ants and roaches like warm places and may gather behind television sets or other electronics. Regularly check these areas.
  2. Food often collects in and around sofas and chairs. Be sure to keep these areas clean and check them often for pests.
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