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You’ve been so focused on getting rid of roaches in your house, that the idea of cockroaches being inside your car has not even crossed your mind. So what if you find them in your vehicle? I’ll give you a few tips on how to get rid of roaches in your car.

I have some seriously bad luck with roaches. I’m a clean guy, but for some reason, every house I move into, I always am dealing with getting rid of them. That’s what lead me to do all the research in studying them and killing them. If you haven’t read my story, make sure you read it here so you can see what I had to deal with.

Once I had eliminated all these roaches from my home, a very scary thing happened to me.

I was driving home from work. I parked in my usual spot outside. Typically, I put my jacket in the back seat of my car. As I went to pick up my jacket, I saw a cockroach sitting right there!

There was a roach in the back seat of my car hiding under my jacket!

It was an outdoor cockroach, an oriental roach. I’m still till this day terrified of them, but I knew I had to kill it and get it out of my car. I ended up killing it with a piece of cardboard.

How did this roach get into my car?

So the first thing you need to know – is that it’s completely possible for roaches to be in your car. Also, are you sure it’s a cockroach and not a beetle? If you have never thought about this before, then just be aware. Especially if your home has roaches and you are parking your car right next to your home.


Remember what roaches need to survive?

1) Water

2) Food

3) Warm Shelter

Put these 3 things to the test in your car.

If you live in the United States and drive a car, then you probably do a lot of stuff in the car – including eating. How many times has that french fry fallen through the crack of the seat? And how many times have you tried to clean it up only to realize your hands are too fat or too short to reach down?

Probably a lot.

The same rules apply in your car as in your home. You have to clean up in there. Go look in your car and see how many crumbs are in there. When is the last time you vacuumed? If the answer is you can’t remember, then start cleaning your car thoroughly.

Aside from the obvious crumbs, roaches love cardboard and paper. That’s dinner for them. So if you have old receipts, old newspapers, cardboard, then make sure you clean all that out. And once your done, clean your car with vinegar or some kind of germ killing wash. You have to know what cockroaches eat in order to prevent them from coming back.

And having a clean car is the best way to rid yourself of these roaches.


As you have read in my story, I used the same pesticide pros use to kill the roaches. But in my car, I wouldn’t use it. It is such a tiny space that I wouldn’t want to inhale the pesticide. Also, many people advise on putting boric acid. However, I have a baby that I drive with, and i’m not sure I would want my baby inhaling that either.


Take a look around where you are parking? Are you near a sewer? If you do park in the same spot everyday, then in this situation you can spray the pesticide I recommend around the car.


Just remember to treat your car like your home. In fact, your car has a lot of openings for not only roaches to come in, but for many other insects. The best thing you can do is to consistently clean out your car.