Why Are There Cockroaches in My Home?

Cockroaches can be hard to eliminate completely. They multiply fast and can spread bacteria.  While they don’t really bite, they can cause a range of health problems particularly those with allergies or asthma.

If you see some roaches in your home, it doesn’t always mean your house is dirty. These creatures are very good at finding food and water even in clean homes. They are resourceful and can get inside your house in a number of ways:

  • Crawling inside bags, boxes, and containers
  • Crawling through tiny holes and crevices 
  • Finding cracks in doors and windows
  • Getting inside pipes in shared apartments

There are many areas in the home where cockroaches tend to hide. By knowing what its deal environment and feeding habits are, you stand a good chance of identifying where they may live in your home and get rid of them for good.

  • Narrow cracks and crevices
  • Behind refrigerators
  • Dark cabinets
  • Under the sink
  • Any dark areas

They tend to scout for food at night and they eat just about anything – food and non-food.

Keeping Them Out of Your Home

Here are some things you can do to keep roaches at bay:

1. Clean Your Home Frequently

Proper sanitizing and cleaning can keep cockroaches away. Disinfect surfaces, clean up spills, and get rid of any crumbs and food particles in your home.

2. Store Food Correctly

Leaving food in your kitchen counter or dining table is an invitation for cockroaches to enter and live in your home. Don’t leave leftovers overnight and wash your dishes before going to bed. Don’t let them pile in the sink. Veggies and fruits should be stored in the fridge or a closed pantry and throw away food items that are already expired.

3. Limit Moisture

Cockroaches are drawn to places with available water source. Get rid of standing water and keep your sink dry when not in use. Clean your bathroom and fix any leaks in your plumbing.

4. Take Out the Trash Regularly

Cockroaches are attracted to filth, so be sure to take out the trash regularly and keep a tight lid on your trash bin.

5. Vacuum Your Home 

Vacuuming all across your home regularly to pick up crumbs and get rid of roach egg sacs, feces and body parts which contain pheromones (a chemical that triggers a response from other insects of the same species) that will invite more roaches to your house.

6. Seal Cracks, Crevices and Holes.

Cockroaches can fit through the tiniest spaces, so be sure to cut off entry points like cracks and holes as much as possible.
If your home has a cockroach infestation, it can quickly spiral out of control. Be sure to take steps to eliminate the problem fast. If this is not possible, you can always hire a pest control service like Southern Pest Control which have all the necessary equipment and know-how to get rid of pests fast.

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