Where To Find Cockroaches In Your Home (and How To Get Rid Of Them)
There are few things more irritating than a cockroach infestation inside your home. Cockroaches are disgusting creatures that can find there way into practically anything indoors and can cover the surfaces of your home with harmful bacteria and disease causing pathogens.
What people get wrong about cockroaches is that cockroaches (in particular, German Cockroaches) are not just attracted to homes that are filthy. If you keep your home neat and clean, you can still encounter a cockroach infestation that can get out of control in a short span of time because of their tendency to multiply very quickly.
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In this article, we will cover answer the questions that homeowners have in regards to cockroaches: where do they come from, how do they get inside the home, where do they like to hide most, and how you can most effectively eliminate an infestation.
Breaking out of Cockroach Denial
You may be someone who believes you do not have a cockroach problem, or if you have seen cockroaches, there are only a few and you killed them and disposed of them right away. You may scan around your home during the day and find no active roaches and stay in denial that you have any severe infestation.
The truth is that for any cockroach you do see, there may be anywhere from 5 to 20 cockroaches that you do not see. This is because cockroaches are nocturnal creatures and spend most of the daylight hours in hiding and at rest. When night falls, cockroaches activate and begin a relentless hunt for food and water to nourish themselves, and this is often when you are fast asleep. If you are someone that stays up late to binge-watch your favorite TV show, you may see an influx of them, especially if you decide to go to the kitchen for a snack or a drink.
The biggest wake up call for a homeowner in denial about a cockroach problem is when they flick the lights on in their kitchen late at night. If you have a heavy cockroach infestation, this is when you will see the largest amount of cockroaches out and about, scavenging for a meal. The surprise of the light turning on surprises the cockroaches and they begin to scatter back to their hiding places, but it is enough to make you drop your jaw in horror.
Where Did The Cockroaches Come From?
Once it is crystal clear to you that you have a cockroach problem, you may be wondering where the cockroaches came from, especially if you keep a neat home. German cockroaches are often a common problem in big cities and apartment complexes where many people share walls and live in close proximity to one another. When one apartment unit has a cockroach problem, chances are highly likely that the neighbors that live adjacent to the unit, above the unit, or below the unit will also encounter a cockroach invasion.
When you live in a standalone home and suffer from a cockroach infestation there can be a number of different factors involved that can explain how the cockroaches invaded. For one, if you have recently moved into your home, chances are that the cockroaches were already present before you moved in and were hiding.
Another explanation may be that you may have accidentally brought cockroaches into your home during the moving process. You’ll be surprised how many people unknowingly transport boxes of their belongings that cockroaches may have crawled their way into. Cockroaches are lovers of cardboard boxes and may have found a way in during packing or from where you obtained the box. It only takes a couple of cockroaches in a box to be moved to a new home to multiply into an infestation of dozens to hundreds because cockroaches are constantly breeding.
If you are a long-time resident of your home and previously were certain that you didn’t have cockroaches and it is a recent problem that sprung up out of nowhere, then it could be likely that some item you brought into the home may have had cockroaches or cockroach eggs and hatched and became the start of an infestation. This usually occurs when buying secondhand items from someone either via a store or some transaction carried out where you meet up someone to purchase their used item. You could have also brought cockroaches in via groceries, luggage from recent travel or used furniture. This is a prime reason why you should buy new or thoroughly inspect outside items before bringing them into your home.
Top Cockroach Hiding Places
Once you have accepted that there is a cockroach infestation, you need to figure out where the cockroaches are hiding so you know where you should be focusing your clean up and cockroach control efforts.
In or Under Appliances
Appliances like your toaster, microwave and fridge are essential to your kitchen, but they also happen to be places cockroaches love to reside in or under, which can be a gross thought. This is because these appliances have all of the things cockroaches need: moisture, warmth and opportunities for food. Cockroaches are often found behind the fridge because of the warmth, seclusion and darkness. It is paramount that you clean your kitchen appliances to eliminate the accumulation of food debris and make sure that they stay as dry as possible to limit or stop cockroach activity around them.
Continuing the theme of cockroaches liking areas where there is darkness, seclusion and possibility for food crumbs, your pantry and cabinetry is another great hiding spot for cockroaches. They will feast on anything that happens to spill, from a crumb to a grain of salt on your spice rack. If your cabinets and pantry are significantly packed with food items, it’s even better for them because cockroaches love clutter for the ample hiding spaces they get out of it. Declutter unnecessary items in your pantry, cupboards and cabinets to free space and vacuum them out periodically. Any dried food like cereals and grains should be packed away in tight containers so they don’t find their way into them.
Cockroaches don’t just confine themselves to the kitchen when they are infesting a home. If the population has grown large enough, they will move on to other rooms, and one of the places they love to hide are in your precious electronics due to the heat that radiates from the item when it is on and running. Cockroaches will crawl their way into the computers, TVs, laptops, game consoles and internet routers. They also like surge protector with large power supplies plugged in and will gather around and enjoy the warmth.
Pipes and drains help to keep water flowing in and out of your home and they also keep cockroaches satisfied when it comes to their moisture needs. If your pipes experience a leak and begin dripping, you will have cockroaches coming in drove to have a drink. Cockroaches in particular love the area under sinks because of the combination of darkness, seclusion and moisture. To discourage cockroach activity around your plumbing, sinks, drains and the link you need to keep these areas as dry as possible. If there are any plumbing leaks and moisture issues, you would need to address them quickly so cockroaches do not benefit.
As we mentioned earlier, while kitchens and bathrooms are hot spots for cockroaches, they will migrate away from these areas when the infestation is heavy and they want to spread out. Your living room furniture can be another prime place to find cockroaches. There is no shortage of comfy hiding spaces on furniture: under your couch cushions, under the couch itself, in the folds and creases. When inspecting for cockroaches, regularly vacuum your furniture and under your furniture to suck up roaches as well as any eggs they may be laying.
Cracks and Crevices
There’s a reason why cockroaches prefer our homes to the great outdoors. Outdoors they are out in the open and exposed. Indoors, they have hundreds of places to call home because of all the little nooks and crannies they can find all over your home. Cockroaches have the benefit of having flat bodies which allows them to squeeze and wriggle into the tightest of spaces to hide and rest, waiting for the opportune time at night where they can forage for food. You have baseboards, corners of rooms, picture frames, and all sorts of other areas of the home where cockroaches could be. By using caulk and eliminating these cracks and crevices, you will limit the hiding places that cockroaches have and will leave them more vulnerable.
Eliminating the Cockroaches You Find
Once you are aware of where cockroaches have been hiding, you can then move forward with a treatment plan to drive them away. The best method of cockroach control consists of eliminating food, water and shelter sources to make living in your home difficult for cockroaches and then finally applying some cockroach killing products that will get rid of the population and stop their reproductive processes.
While you may keep your home tidy, you may still leave food and water sources around that cockroaches use for survival. A detailed cleanup routine is a must to take away all sources of food and water. This means taking out the trash daily, wiping and vacuuming surfaces, cabinets, pantries and shelves, cleaning and putting away dirty dishes (as opposed to letting them stack up in the sink overnight), wiping dishes dry and wiping dry sinks and surfaces after cleanup and addressing any moisture issues you have around the home.
Eliminating shelters means taking away the ease of access to hiding places like we mentioned above. Using caulk will be your main task to seal up entry points, cracks and crevices all around your home.
Once you have done the caulking and cleanup, the stage is set for cockroach control products. For the best possible rate of success, you will need multiple types of cockroach killing products rather than relying on just one.
Cockroach bait is the top choice for killing adult cockroaches as they will eat the bait and it will slowly kill the cockroaches one by one as the bait transfers to the entire population.
A powder insecticide like Boric Acid Roach Powder is also useful in eliminating cockroaches because this product can be puffed with a duster in tight spaces where cockroaches hide like behind electrical outlets, wall voids and other hard to reach areas.
Finally, use an residual roach killer spray. This will allow you to keep killing the roaches in those areas listed above.
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Cockroaches can enter into a home for any number of reasons but they don’t have to permanently be there if you take action and address the infestation by identifying where they are hiding and then carry out a detailed cleanup and strategic cockroach killing plan. Follow the advice outlined in this guide and you will no longer find cockroaches in your home.