How to prevent cockroaches in cars: Pest control experts share tips and debunk myths

Cockroaches are food-lovers. And leaving food residue or crumbs around are enough to attract them to your vehicles, according to pest control firm Rentokil Singapore.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS.

A 61-year-old woman was so shocked to see a cockroach in her car that she lost control of the wheel.

The red Mazda crashed into the base of an overhead bridge staircase and its front bumper was heavily damaged in the accident last Friday (Jan 26). The woman, however, got away with minor injuries.

Netizens were quick to share previous sightings of cockroaches in their own vehicles.

Many of them have also offered ways to keep these pesky insects at bay, including using fresh pandan leaves.

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1. AVOID EATING IN THE CAR

Cockroaches are food-lovers. And leaving food residue or crumbs around are enough to attract them to your vehicles, according to pest control firm Rentokil Singapore.

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If eating in the car is something that cannot be avoided, especially for those with children, then it is important to do a thorough clean-up afterwards.

The critters are also attracted to humid environments, so any spills in the car should be wiped away immediately.

2. CLEAN AND DE-CLUTTER THE CAR REGULARLY

Cleaning the car regularly is the best way to stave off cockroaches. Some areas that are often neglected and can trap food particles include carpets, in between car seats and the sides of the door.

Besides wiping the surfaces, pest control experts advise motorists to thoroughly vacuum and disinfect their vehicles.

In addition, cockroaches tend to hide and breed in cluttered areas, such as the boot of the car.

Keep items in the boot stored in a hard plastic container with a tight lid to keep them out.

As cockroaches may be transported from other items, such as shopping bags, into the vehicle, it is crucial to do a quick check on the items before placing in the car, said pest control firm PestBusters.

[“Source-timesofindia”]