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.
- Miss 6Lv 78 years agoFavorite 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.
- SharpGuyLv 64 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!
- Eagles FlyLv 78 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.