What Should I Do After Visiting A House With Cockroaches?

Did you just visit someone who has roaches in their house? And now you are thinking, ‘What should I do after visiting a house with cockroaches? Cockroaches are very embarrassing pests to have in a house. Nobody wants to have these smelly bugs running around and contaminating their food.

So, if you have visited someone who has cockroaches in their house, a store with cockroaches, or stayed in a house with roaches while on vacation, here are steps to take after encountering a cockroach-infested house.


What Should I Do After Visiting A House With Cockroaches?
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What Should I Do After Visiting A House With Cockroaches?

If you have visited a house with cockroaches. The first you want to do is remain calm. If you are still in the house, guide your belongings very well.

Do not drop your bag on the floor or the cushion. Keep it on a flat surface, like a table. Before leaving the house, discreetly (you do not want to offend your host) check your belongings for roaches before going back to your house.

When you get back to your house, drop all that you have with you outside the house. Go through them one by one to be sure there are no roaches hiding there.

If you do not have the time to do that, get a trash bag, put all you brought from the house inside there, and drop it outside. Then get a vacuum cleaner and vacuum the contents of the bag. If it’s possible, remove your clothing and shoes outside and shake them before going inside.

Once inside, put your clothes in the washing machine and go straight to take a shower. Then spray insecticide around your house just in case any roaches have escaped into the house. Continue to clean your house and maintain good hygiene after this.

Don’t leave any food crumbs or garbage. Do not wait until your trash is full before you take it out. This is to make your house inhabitable for any roaches.


What To Do If My Vacation House Or Room Has Roaches?

If your vacation house or room has roaches, the best thing to do is ask for a room or apartment switch. But that may be quite a difficult and time-consuming process. If you can’t switch rooms or houses, it’s time to get to work. Start with your bed. If it is close to the wall, shift it away from the wall and let it be in the middle.

Lift the mattress and check for cockroaches. Ask for a bedsheet change if you find any roach under the mattress. Then get an insecticide and spray in the room/house while you go out exploring your vacation city. Another thing you can do is not unpack completely.

Just open your luggage to take the clothes you want and close it immediately. Put your worn clothes and shoes in a different bag, and if you did not come with extra luggage, a plastic bag will work just fine.

Wash the clothes before returning them to your luggage to take home. Before leaving the room or house, check your luggage to make sure you do not take any roaches with you. And when you get home, recheck your luggage.


Read also: What To Do When Your Neighbor Has Cockroaches In Their House


Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. Is it possible to carry roaches from work?

A. Yes, it is possible. If your workplace has a roach problem it is possible to bring roaches home with you. Always check yourself when you get off work and before entering your house. 

Q. Can roaches travel on your clothes?

A. Yes they can. Roaches are attracted to the warmth, body oil and sweat from clothes. They will even lay their eggs on your clothes because of the shelter they provide. What you have to do is wash your clothing after wearing them once to get rid of body fluids that attract roaches to your clothes. 

Q. How long can cockroaches travel on a person

A. On your body, they will not stay for long because you are constantly moving. But if they get into your luggage or bag, or find a comfortable place inside your clothes to stay, they can stay there for a long time. They can survive for 4 days without food and water.



Cockroaches are a very resilient pest. And it’s also hard to get rid of if they get into your house. So you have to do everything you can to avoid it getting into your house. With the points I mentioned above, you can make that possible. Prevention is always the best option.

If you can avoid a house with roaches altogether. Please do so. I would like to know what worked for you. Send a message to us or drop a comment below.  Good luck with your fight with roaches. 

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