Does Fresh Painting Repel Cockroaches?

I have always heard that when you paint a room or an apartment, the odor of fresh paint will repel cockroaches for a little while, like maybe a month or two, tops.

Is this true, or a myth?

Just wondering, as I am painting my aprtment...


I live in NYC in an old brownstone connected to dozens of other old brownstones... getting "rid" of cockroaches is unlikely. I do boric acid & Combat regularly... I was just wondering about the smell of new paint.

4 Answers

  • Miss 6
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I've never heard of that before. I know that Diatomaceious Earth is a really good way to get rid of roaches. My friend used it to get rid of his bedbug problem & in his research he said it gets rid of roaches as well.

  • 4 years ago

    Cockroach Painting

  • 5 years ago

    I know this thread is really old. I found this by search "Why do roaches like paint".

    Interesting, I'm a maintenance man and paint quite a bit. The vacant property I'm working on had a pretty bad roach problem when I started a month ago. Maybe it's because they're hungry as there has been no food available for them to eat. But I thought they were gone, but whenever I paint, they come out by the droves and go straight to the paint, like theyre drinking it. Weird!

  • 9 years ago

    Sounds like a myth to me. Cockroaches may stay of walls for awhile, then I question that. A new paint job is only temperary solultion anyway.

    Go with the myth and have someone come in exterminate. Cockroaches look for food. Don't think a new paint job will do anything to stop them.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.