Cockroaches in a house are a nightmare. But a roach in the car is terror. Getting rid of them is a priority if you want to keep them from destroying your car or putting off your passengers.
How To Get Rid of Cockroaches in Your Car Naturally
Cockroaches can get in your car in several ways. One of the most common is carrying groceries or luggage infested with roaches.
They can leave the luggage and invade your auto.
Parking near dumpsters could also result in a cockroach infestation inside your car.
The roaches will creep from other locations into your vehicle in search of shelter and extra food.
They are less likely to leave if they find something to eat inside your car.
Therefore, if you eat in your vehicle or leave any organic matter, roaches will likely stick around for the crumbs you leave behind.
Pesticides are the first thing that comes to mind when dealing with a roach in the car.
However, you can get rid of them through several natural methods.
1. Inspect Your Car
The first step when you notice a roach in the car is to inspect your vehicle.
A thorough inspection will tell you where the cockroaches are hiding and the type of roaches you’re dealing with.
Knowing the affected hot points will help when placing different natural remedies to kill cockroaches.
During the inspection, search under the seats, under the floor mats, inside your trunk, glove compartment, and the engine block.
If you have luggage that you’re carrying around, check it for signs of an infestation.
Roaches often leave behind a foul smell, so this can be an excellent guide to lead you to their nests. Another sign of a roach infestation is finding egg casings, feces, and dead roaches.
2. Clean Your Car
Roaches infest your car when they have something to eat.
These food sources include food crumbs, sugar from spilled drinks, paper, water droplets, cosmetic products, dead skin, peeling leather, glue, adhesives, and other organic materials they can find.
So, start by clearing all trash and clutter from your auto.
Vacuums are very effective at sucking up any roach in the car. Use a vacuum to suck up dirt or food crumbs the cockroaches rely on.
While cleaning, pay attention to your car’s seat gaps, crevices, and hood.
Once you’ve vacuumed, wash the interior and exterior of your car with warm soapy water to remove any liquid-based stains and leftover residues.
If you can, take your car for detailing.
They will clean it thoroughly, reaching every nook and cranny to remove debris.
They will also clean your car’s upholstery to remove pet dander, dead skin cells, and other organic materials that cockroaches could eat.
Maintain a clean car afterward to keep the roaches from returning. If you must eat inside your car, clean up immediately.
3. Use Organic Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a pet and human-safe way to eliminate roaches in a car. It works by destroying the roach’s exoskeleton.
When a cockroach walks on diatomaceous earth, the powder sticks to its body. The cockroach then carries the powder back into the nest, spreading the powder there and exposing other roaches.
Sprinkle the diatomaceous earth in your car, especially in places with a higher concentration of roaches and their entry points.
Spread thin layers to prevent cockroaches from detecting and avoiding diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth takes about two weeks to eliminate roaches in the car.
4. Use Boric Acid
Like diatomaceous earth, boric acid is a low-cost natural method of getting rid of roaches in a car.
Make dough out of boric acid, sugar, and flour.
Place small pieces of the dough in areas where the cockroaches can eat them.
When eaten, boric acid destroys the roach’s digestive and nervous systems, thus killing them.
Alternatively, you can use a thin film of powdered boric acid.
While walking on the dusted surfaces, cockroaches carry the boric powder wherever they go.
Roaches also clean themselves frequently, increasing the chances of eating the boric acid. Boric acid kills cockroaches in about 72 hours when they fast ingest or come into contact with it.
Borax also works similarly to boric acid.
You can sprinkle it lightly inside your car.
Alternatively, mix borax with sugar (1:1) and set the mixture in an open jar. Leave the jar near the infested areas.
You can also mix borax with baking soda.
Baking soda is a roach killer that works by causing too much gas in the digestive tract.
Combining them provides a deadly combination without creating any risk to you or your pets.
Borax works well as part of roach baits. You can combine it with foods such as egg yolks, cocoa powder, and peanut butter.
Borax damages the roach’s exoskeleton by dehydrating them. Like boric acid, it takes about three days after contact for a cockroach to die.
6. Seal Your Car
Roaches, especially young ones, are great at squeezing through tiny cracks and crevices to get into your car.
They may also enter your vehicle via air vents and open windows.
You can deter them from entering your car by closing the vents and windows when you’re not driving. Repair any cracks and fissures that could provide entry points for roaches.
7. Clean Your Garage
Roaches could be crawling into your car from the garage.
If you have cleaned your car, you should also deal with the cockroaches in the garage.
Clear any clutter, seal any cracks, and repair water leaks to prevent cockroaches from spreading into your car.
If you keep your vehicle in the driveway, clear the surrounding area to remove pest hiding places.
8. Set Traps and Baits
Commercial roach traps, such as glue traps, effectively remove roaches from your car.
Set these traps in areas where you’ve noticed a heavy roach infestation.
When cockroaches walk on the sticky surface, they are trapped and eventually die.
You can combine these traps with bait stations.
Bait stations have poisoned food sources that attract the roaches.
Once they eat it and return to their nest, they die. Cockroaches that feed on the dead ones are also poisoned.
9. Use Essential Oils and Natural Roach Repellents
While essential oils have smells that make you want to include them in all your spaces, roaches are repelled by them.
You can mix various essential oils with water and spray them in roach-infested areas to repel them.
Tea tree oil is a repellant when combined with water and vinegar.
Eucalyptus is also a strong-smelling essential oil that you can spray in cockroach-infested areas of your car to deter them. Roaches also dislike rosemary, lavender, cypress, and cedar.
Garlic is not an essential oil but a natural roach deterrent.
You can keep a few cloves in your car to discourage them from living inside your car.
Catnip also repels roaches. Keep a live catnip plant in your car for several days. Other plants and herbs that deter cockroaches include basil, bay leaves, mint, and lemongrass.
Combining essential oils and natural roach deterrents with other systems, such as cleaning and borax acid, is advisable.
How To Get Roaches Out of Your Car Overnight
Vacuuming is the best way to eliminate roaches in the car overnight. You can suck up the cockroaches and the food they rely on.
The vacuum can reach hard-reach places between the seats to suck up any leftover crumbs. It will also suck up other organic matter, such as pet dander.
You can get the vacuuming professionally done to get to as many places as possible.
Other solutions, like borax and diatomaceous earth, take about 72 hours to be effective. But they are also a great alternative if you are desperate to eliminate cockroaches.
How Long Does It Take To Get Roaches Out of Car?
It depends on the method you use and the reason for the infestation.
An infestation that’s due to leaving crumbs in your car can be resolved by cleaning your vehicle and keeping it clean.
However, if it’s due to cross-infestation from areas like your garage, the infestation will keep coming back.