Cockroaches are known to thrive in warmer weather. So what happens to cockroaches in winter? Do they die off? Do they hibernate? Well, that depends. Most species of cockroaches will stop growing and reproducing once exposed to temperatures below 45 degrees for extended periods of time. Cockroaches are, however, highly adapted and resilient. When the weather starts getting cold, most roaches will seek out shelter indoors – often taking up residence in our homes to help themselves to our heat, water, and ample sources of food. So what can you do to prevent a cockroach infestation this winter? Here are 12 tips to prevent cockroaches in winter.

  1. Keep your kitchen clean by washing dishes after meals and cleaning up spills and crumbs immediately.
  2. Sweep, mop, and vacuum on a regular basis.
  3. Don’t leave pet food or water out overnight.
  4. Keep food sealed in airtight containers.
  5. Clean grease and food residue from stovetops.
  6. Get rid of old newspapers and cardboard boxes as roaches love to breed in these.
  7. Declutter your house and dust often.
  8. Use plastic storage bins with lockable lids versus cardboard boxes.
  9. Check windows, doors, foundations, and attics for cracks and holes and seal them up immediately.
  10. Check plumbing and appliances for leaks often and repair them immediately.
  11. Consider crawlspace enclosure to help minimize moisture.
  12. Call a professional pest control company if you suspect you have a roach infestation.