How Do Cockroaches Get Into Your Car? Here’re The Facts

Most, if not all, of you reading this article find cockroaches disgusting and terrifying. Because they’re like the Superman of the insect world.

And when you discover cockroaches running around in your car, you know it’s going to be a b*tch and a half to get rid of them.

Why are they in your car? And how do you get rid of these invincible warriors? Here’s what you need to know if you own a car. Because who knows? It might be your problem one day.

How do cockroaches actually come into your car

How the hell do cockroaches come into your car? Does a family of roaches just come across your car one day and say, hey, that looks like a nice place to live. Let’s move in! Yay! *cue scuttling sound*

Nope, that’s wrong.

Cockroaches are hitchhikers by nature, and they can get in via boxes, luggage, bags and even clothes. Maybe even getting in because you’ve parked at the wrong place.

So unless you want to sterilise every single item that comes into your vehicle, you can be resigned to the fact that they can come in anytime they want.

Which brings us to the second part of the problem.

Why do cockroaches like your car so much? How the hell can they survive?

Here are the keywords of your (highly possible) roach problem: food, water and shelter.

Any place they can find these three and they’ll settle down faster than you can say shoo! They’re like that unwanted aunt you don’t want staying at your house.

Believe it or not, cockroaches love staying in cars. After all, there’ll be plenty of crumbs and spills made by your passengers or yourself in the car.

Even though you’ve just given your car a thorough cleaning the Sunday before, they’re great at squeezing into small spaces to avoid detection. Think cockroach nests under your car seats, in the frame of your car, even in the speakers.

And that’s not the worst thing.

These pesky little buggers don’t just disappear because you gave your car a good cleaning. They can survive on papers, cardboard and even dirt if need be.

What you can do to get rid of your cockroach problem

If you see a cockroach running about during the day, you know you have a serious cockroach infestation going on.

They’re typically nocturnal (active at night), so if you see them during the daytime, it means there’s more where it came from.

What you need to do is to give your car a thorough cleaning. You got to take everything out of the car, including car mats and seat covers. Then vacuum everything. That includes below your car seat, the sides, the speakers, etc.

After doing the necessary cleaning, set cockroach baits to lure them out from their hideaways. Place them under car seats and on the floor for maximum effect.

Note: Your Best Efforts Might Not Always Work

Like we said, cockroaches are legendary when it comes to surviving. They can survive on nothing for months.

So what else can you do? Time to bring out the big guns. When you know the job is too much for you, it’s time to get the experts in on the job.

There are many car detailing companies out there which offer services to get rid of the pests within your car.


You can check out their website here.

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This article was first published on and written in collaboration with EA Detailer.

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