Are Roaches Attracted to Coffee? How to Handle Coffee Loving Roaches

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Are roaches attracted to coffee? Most of the time, yes. Many homeowners have had troubles when these insects nesting inside coffee machines, cupboards and pantries. But there are easy ways you can take to remedy this annoying problem. Here’s what you need to know.

Are Roaches Attracted to Coffee

A cockroach can be enticed by coffee’s strong aroma. CC Image courtesy of Pixabay and Jeremy Miles on Flickr

Roaches and Coffee

Roaches aren’t particularly in love with coffee, but they’re not known to be picky eaters either. They’ll eat almost anything to get the energy and nutrients that they need to survive. So if they won’t find anything else sweeter or more delectable in a cupboard, they’ll definitely go for your coffee. That’s why they can absolutely nibble at that bag of ground coffee beans you’ve been saving.

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Roaches Inside a Coffee Machine

Coffee machine

As we’ve pointed in our complete guide to getting rid of roaches, coffee machines can house roaches. With a spacious enough compartment, dark crevices, holes and a lot of moisture and a convenient source of coffee as food, rarely used coffee machines make perfect environments for roaches to hide in. So if you have a problem that’s painfully similar to what we just described, here are some steps you can take to remedy it.

  • Your first and safest option would be to wash all the removable parts of the appliance. Flush out the droppings and egg casings left behind by the roaches.​
  • If that’s not possible, try out natural methods like using a dry mixture of sugar and baking soda. Put the mixture in a bottle cap and position this inside the machine or somewhere near it. Pair the mixture with another battle cap that’s filled with water. The sugar will attract the roaches, and the reaction between the baking soda and water will fill their stomachs with gas that will kill them.
  • You can also use brewed catnip tea. Try to run the machine using the tea inside. Catnip tea is safe for humans, so you should have no problem using it.
  • Using boric acid for a coffee machine is dangerous when the insects have already infiltrated it. The powder is highly toxic to humans, so it shouldn’t be placed anywhere near parts that make contact with consumable coffee.

Coffee Roach Trap

Since coffee attracts roaches, it should be no surprise that you can use it to set up traps. The internet offers a lot of versions of this simple water trap, but here’s a simple one from The Roach Killer Guide.

All you need are coffee grounds, 2 or 3 large glass jars, small paper cups and water. Fill the jars halfway with water. Put some of the coffee into the small paper cup, and drop it into the jar. Then place these traps in the areas that roaches frequent. Cockroaches should be enticed by the coffee’s aroma and fall into the jar filled with water. Once inside, they won’t be able to escape.

Don’t forget to regularly take out the drowned roaches and refresh the trap daily. Repeat this process until you don’t see any more of those pesky roaches in your house.

By now, you’d have known the answer to the question, are roaches attracted to coffee? However, the great thing about this attraction is that there are absolutely simple ways to use it to your benefit. With these, you can turn the tables, and even possibly win your battle against the roaches invading your house. Yes, it does sound a little epic. But remember, there’s nothing worse than waking up and finding your coffee severely violated by roaches. How would you have a good morning after that?

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