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Roaches In My Microwave: What Can I Do?

How would you react if you found cockroach droppings inside your microwave? Would you panic, or would you calmly clean it out? You might want to read this article if you answered yes to either question.

The microwave is one of our favorite kitchen appliances but has some drawbacks. One of them is that it attracts pests such as cockroaches.

Cockroaches are known to eat food leftovers, especially those stored in microwaves. They also love to live where they can hide from predators, such as under the sink or behind walls.

A Glendale pest control technician explains below how you can get rid of cockroaches in the microwave so you can have peace of mind.

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Why Do Cockroaches Live In Microwaves?

Cockroaches are famous for hiding and resting almost anywhere in any house. They prefer dark, secluded, and warm places, and as you can guess, microwaves meet all these requirements.

Microwaves offer easy access to food and water. If you don’t clean your microwave often, grease, oil, and food debris will build up over time, providing cockroaches with the things they need to live for a long time and grow their population.

Cockroaches eat crumbs, food debris, and even spillages. Microwaves are also a perfect place for cockroaches to access other areas in the house.

Moreover, microwaves also work as hiding spaces for cockroaches to lay their eggs and raise their babies. Therefore, if you see baby cockroaches in the microwave, act as fast as possible because a cockroach may have already laid its eggs.

How Long Can Cockroaches Live In Microwaves?

Many people think that cockroaches can die in the microwave whenever you heat food, but that’s not true. We do not recommend using the microwave without anything inside to kill the cockroaches because it won’t work! Call a Gilbert pest control technician instead to get rid of the problem.

You may be wondering: why the microwave cannot kill cockroaches? The answer lies inside the microwave per sé.

Your microwave has four or five sections that remain cool even while you use it for cooking food. The radiation that microwaves emit comes from a magnetron. This magnetron is on one side of the oven.

Metal lines the microwave’s interior side, reflecting the radiation waves to the center. The microwave also shakes the water molecules, leading to the usual heat and vibration you see while cooking your food.

As we said before, the heat from the microwave may not kill the cockroaches because not every part of the microwave heats up. Some areas remain cool, which cockroaches prefer to stay within. Every time you use the microwave, the roaches will flee to the cold parts until it’s safe to go outside again.

We could say that cockroaches can live in a microwave indefinitely. Remember, they can survive nuclear explosions, so microwave radiation won’t cause them any damage.

Cockroaches can be a huge nuisance if they love living in your microwave. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of them so you can use your microwave again.

Calling a Queen Creek pest control technician is the first thing you should try. Additionally, you should also try other methods we will mention below.

How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches If They Live In My Microwave

In addition to calling an expert, you should do the following:

  • Deep clean your microwave to remove grease and spills that attract cockroaches. A clean microwave will force them to look elsewhere for food.
  • Use a diatomaceous earth trap if necessary.
  • Use bait traps with food to attract the cockroaches and kill them. Place the bait traps inside the microwave and near spots where cockroaches emerge from.
  • There are many DIY removal methods to get rid of cockroaches, but if you have a lot of them, you should call a professional.
  • You can take your microwave apart and try to remove the roaches by hand, but you’ll probably damage parts of it while doing that.
  • If you don’t get rid of roaches throughout your home, they will almost certainly return to your device. Therefore, act quickly once you see a few of them in your kitchen!

    Contact A Trusted Phoenix pest control Technician

    At Varsity Termite & Pest Control, we can help you eradicate any infestation at your home, including cockroaches. If you don’t want to see any of these creatures walking through your floor again, contact us now and let us help!

     
     
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    6056 E Baseline Rd #122
    Mesa, AZ85206

    Office: 602-757-8252
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    Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

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