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Eliminating Roaches

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Learn how to prevent and deal with roach infestations.


Roaches feed on all kinds of food, books, boxes, and plants.

  • Use these steps to prevent an infestation.
  • If you have an infestation, use the tips below to get rid of the roaches.

Indoor infestation

If roaches are indoors:

  1. Clean the area thoroughly.
    • Dispose of exposed food. Clean up all crumbs and spills.
    • Remove contents of drawers and cupboards.
    • Thoroughly vacuum and clean infested area.
    • Scrub dishes, drawers, and shelves with hot soapy water.
  2. Use a pesticide-free spray to discourage invasions. 

If the problem persists, eliminate all food sources. The only way to stop recurring invasions is persistent and thorough cleaning.


  • HDH Residential Housing (HDHfixit) ticket system, or Customer Service Center (858) 534-2600.
  • Emergencies
    • Environment, Health & Safety:
      (858) 534-4534 weekdays, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Campus Police: (858) 534-4357 after business hours
  • Non-emergencies (Typical response time: 1 working day)
Questions? Contact EH&S Pest Management, (858) 534-4534.
Notice: Environment, Health & Safety does not provide pest control advice or help to individuals or agencies outside UC San Diego. Area residents should contact their local animal control agency or exterminator for assistance.