This is a blog post that goes over 3 steps for how to keep roaches out of your coffee maker. It is important, as anyone who has dealt with roaches knows because they can contaminate the coffee is allowed in the machine. The article also includes some helpful tips on how to disinfect a coffee maker that’s had roaches in it.
Why Do Roaches Like Coffee Makers?
Roaches are not known to be picky eaters, so they will go for anything sweet or delectable. They can get at the ground coffee beans that you’ve been saving in your kitchen cabinet, and if nothing else is available, they may nibble on other things like a bag of coffee grounds.
Roaches don’t love eating coffee but they like living there. Roaches travel through dark, warm, and moist spots to find food. One place these pests like to nest is inside a dirty coffee maker.
Roaches are most commonly found in kitchen cupboards and pantries. But what I didn’t know is that they will also eat their way into a bag of coffee grounds!
One estimate suggests an alarming 40% of commercial coffee makers are infested with cockroaches, which can make ordering a cup on the go more than off-putting.
How To Keep Roaches Out Of Coffee Maker
Get rid of roaches
Here are a few tips I found that should keep roaches out of your coffee maker. I hope these tips will help you find out how to keep roaches out of your coffee maker
To keep roaches out of the coffee maker, place a roach bait trap made from sugar, baking soda, and water near the machine. Sugar attracts and traps the cockroaches while the mixture of baking soda (with liquid) generates enough gas inside their stomach to kill them.
Add brewed catnip tea to your coffee maker and run it with water. The smell is harmless to humans but repels ants including roaches.
A solution for how to keep roaches out of coffee machines is to use boric acid. The problem with this idea is that the white, toxic powdery substance is also dangerous to humans. The right place for your boric acid if you’re trying to get rid of a roach infestation in your house is outside!
Disinfect a coffee maker that’s had roaches in it
As I alluded to earlier, this isn’t the first time I’ve found roaches in my coffee maker.
I had a nightmare the other night where roaches replaced my coffee grounds. It haunts me. When I make coffee, and there are signs of an infestation in the closest kitchen appliance, I sigh and hope it’s not with that one. Roach eggs won’t go down as smoothly as your morning cup of joe.
The first time I cleaned my coffee maker, I did it the same way as I normally do with white vinegar and water:
- First, fill the carafe with equal parts white vinegar and water.
- This not-so-tasty brew is then dumped into the coffee maker’s water reservoir, placed back on its warm plate, and turn the machine. The hot vinegar and water run through the coffee maker’s internal piping and other parts, cleaning it out. (Repeat this process twice.)
- Run two carafes’ worth of clean water through the coffee maker.
- Finally, wash the carafe with hot soapy water.
Some Other Related Questions
Do coffee machines attract cockroaches?
Roaches are attracted to the warmth, dark, and moisture of coffee machines.
What smell makes roaches go away?
You can use peppermint oil, cedarwood oil, and cypress oil to repel them. If you want to try a natural roach killer, combine powdered sugar and boric acid.
Why do I only see roaches at night?
Cockroaches will typically be inactive during the day, and active at night. This usually happens 4 hours after lights have been turned off, or 4 hours before they open in the morning.
The biggest challenge with roaches might be that they dare to explore any food sources available – including those servicing your coffee maker. We hope these tips above will help you maintain a pest-free home.
I’m Floyd J. Alcock, an experienced barista with a deep love for coffee. I curate personalized coffee experiences, guiding customers through diverse flavor profiles and suggesting ideal brewing methods. My extensive knowledge of espresso machines enables me to recommend the best equipment to match specific needs and budgets. Sharing my expertise and passion with coffee enthusiasts brings immense satisfaction. I look forward to continuing my journey of coffee discovery with every customer I serve, fostering connections over a shared love for this magical beverage.