Keeping roaches out of your home can be a difficult job especially if you live in an apartment. There are some things you can do that will help greatly and eliminate those nasty little creatures. If you have a huge infestation, you really have no choice but to call on the expertise of an exterminator. If you want to make sure you don't end up with a roach problem, take these preventative measures.
Store all food in tightly lidded plastic containers or glass jars. Do not store any type of food inside of cabinets or on countertops in their original boxes or bags.
Do not leave pet food bowls or pet water bowls out. Roaches are attracted to the pet food and they are also attracted to the water.
Clean your kitchen and dining area thoroughly after each meal. Sweep up all crumbs and bits of food from the floors. Wipe down your dining table, countertops, stove, oven and inside of your microwave. Wash all of your dishes, pots, pans, cups, glasses and utensils. In other words anything you touched clean and dry thoroughly.
Run your dishwasher. Do not leave plates, bowls, cups or utensils with any leftover food residue even inside of your dishwasher for long periods of time. If there are not enough dishes for a full load to run your dishwasher, wash the dishes by hand.
Do not leave any standing water including damp sponges, rags or towels lying around. Roaches are attracted to the water. This also includes fixing all drips and leaks under sinks or in faucets. A dripping faucet is more than an annoyance, it will attract roaches.
Use a garbage can with a tight lid in your home for kitchen trash and crumbs.
Do not store paper grocery bags or cardboard boxes. Roaches feed off of the glue used for paper bags and cardboard boxes. Roaches also lay their eggs in the folded areas of the paper bag. You may bring a clean bag or box home, but given time the eggs will hatch and you will have a roach problem which can lead to a serious infestation.
Keep your home free of clutter. A clutter free environment give them less protection.
Seal all crevices, cracks or holes in and around your house or apartment. This is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms. Pay particular attention to the openings behind stoves, refrigerators sinks, in and under cabinets and vanities and countertops. Use a silicone caulk or spray insulation to seal the holes and openings. Silicone caulk and spray insulations can be purchased at hardware stores and home improvement stores. They are both very easy to do.