What Attracts Cockroaches to Your Home

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One of the most hated and cringe-worthy pests is the cockroach. Simply hearing the word “cockroach” is enough to send a chill down most people’s backs.

It is the most disturbing feeling when you know you have these unwanted guests lurking in your home. When you see these pests it’s time to start asking some very important questions.

Questions like: “What areas of my house are vulnerable?”, “How did it get in?”, “What is attracting them to my house?”, and “How can I prevent them from coming back?”.

In this article, we will answer all of these important questions and more to ensure you have a handle on this unwanted pest situation.

Important Facts About Cockroaches

There are more than four thousand cockroach species reported worldwide. In the United States, the vast majority of cockroaches that are seen are classified as German cockroaches or American cockroaches. 

One of the most important facts to know and understand about cockroaches is that they are extremely resilient pests. So resilient that they can survive without food for up to one month and without water for up to one week.

In addition, they can survive being submerged under water for up to half an hour. When it comes to food, cockroaches are not picky at all.

They are omnivorous, which means they will eat both plants and animals. They will make almost anything a viable food source for themselves. 

These resilient and adaptable characteristics they possess are the key to understanding how to control and prevent cockroach invasions.

What’s All the Fuss About?

Besides just being repulsive to the sight, there are legitimate reasons to actively prevent and control cockroach invasions.

Cockroaches can carry and spread a variety of pathogens and bacteria that could be harmful to your health. It has been shown they can carry diseases such as gastroenteritis, cholera, typhoid fever, etc.)

Additionally, cockroaches are one of the most common sources of indoor allergens for people. It is known that their excrement, salvia, and eggs can trigger these allergic reactions.

The Most Common Things That Attract Cockroaches

All the things that lure cockroaches into people’s homes are the ones that meet their basic needs in life.

If their basic needs are being met then unfortunately cockroaches will become a common house guest in your home. These basic needs include:

1. Water

Cockroaches need water to survive, so any source of water around your home could become a potential attractor to these pests. Common areas in your home that are more likely to have water include basements, garages, bathrooms, and kitchens. Even outdoor perimeter areas of your home that are prone to having stagnant sitting water are areas that could entice cockroaches. Other potential water sources to consider are leaky water pipes, open liquid containers, water spills, and places where water drips continuously.

2. Food

Cockroaches are constantly on the hunt for food. Most homes are a goldmine for cockroaches when it comes to food.

They have a keen sense of finding food, even the tiniest morsels.

Crumbs on the floor or counters, open food containers, and food left in the sink all can be an opportunity for cockroaches to enter your home and feast.

3. Shelter

Like humans, cockroaches seek shelter when conditions aren’t favorable. They seek hiding places indoors usually during the winter cold months and in the summer if temperatures are too hot.

These sneaky pests can get through cracks in doors, windows, and foundations.

Call Gecko Green Today

If you have or suspect you have a cockroach problem then it’s best to call a professional service like Gecko Green. Cockroaches are resilient, and adaptable, and carry the risk of some serious health consequences. Due to this going the DIY route may not be the best option. 

At Gecko Green our trained licensed professionals will inspect your property thoroughly.

Not only will we assess the current infestation problems, but we will also provide you with a detailed report on any areas that are flagged as conducive to further invasions.

Our professionals will then create a personalized treatment plan. At Gecko Green we do both interior and exterior pest control applications. This will ensure that current and future pests stay away. 

Call Gecko Green today to speak with a trained professional who will provide you with the next right steps. For more information check out our pest control service.

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