In even the cleanest home you can occasionally see dirty dishes piling up in the sink after dinner. It can be incredibly easy to just leave the dishes until morning or later when you actually feel like doing them. After all, you are full from eating and cleaning is the last thing that’s on your mind. However, this could be an unwise decision.

Dirty dishes will have food connected to them no matter how much they are washed. Food particles can continue to stick to the surface of a plate unnoticed leaving a smorgasbord for even the most visible pests. For this reason, it is important to clean your dishes as soon as possible to keep the attention of unwanted pests at bay.

To successfully combat this problem dishes should be washed and completely using soap, an abrasive and hot water then dried. This will ensure that food particles are removed and moisture sources are limited. It is also permissible to put the dishes in your dishwasher for a later time, as it is a contained area.

Many pests can be found swarming to leftover food and the dishes that food is attached to. For this reason, it is important to ensure that even these small remnants of food are contained. Pests that can be found near dishes include.

  • Mice
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants

Cockroaches are particularly prone to converging around dirty dishes because of the moisture and food content that is readily available. By leaving dishes out you are creating a perfect environment for these pests to thrive. Cleaning your dishes immediately after eating can help combat many potential pest problems and remove their invitation for dinner.


If you are dealing with a pest problem at your home or business, give us a call at 1 (800) 390-8626 to start a no-obligation pest evaluation. The talented technicians at Arrow Exterminators can identify any type of pest and the best course of treatment to get rid of it. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to make sure we eliminate every single one from your home and keep them away for good!