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How Cockroaches Get In Your Home & How To Remove Them

If your home has cockroaches, you’ll want to remove them ... and fast! However, you may be asking the question, “Where are they coming from?” Well, here's the answer.

How Cockroaches Get In Your Home

There are several types of cockroaches that could be affecting you.German Cockroaches are the most common to appear inside a home, and they can enter your home through many ways. A fertilized German Cockroach or egg case can be transported into your house from cardboard boxes, grocery bags, backpacks, food containers, shoes, etc. Some cockroaches travel via plumbing pipes and can enter through sewers or drains. In fact, they can even go from one apartment to the next by crawling through pipes.

Another thought to address is that they may have been there all along. They are great at hiding, moving speedily, and they reproduce quickly. An average lifespan of a female German Cockroach is up to 200 days, but by then they can give birth to as many as 200 offspring.

What Attracts Cockroaches

German cockroaches prefer to live in warm, dark, and moist environments. Wanting to be near food, they hide themselves in kitchen areas, whether they’re in cabinet cracks, under sinks or behind food boxes. They can also be drawn to bathrooms due to the warm temperatures and humidity. They try to be out of sight. Although it’s a myth that cockroaches only appear in messy or unkempt indoor environments, a dirty house certainly allows them to hide and find food. They will eat crumbs of food, fecal matter, and even dead skin cells. They can survive for up to a month without food, but only a week without water.

How To Remove Them

  • Cut off Their Food and Water Supply - Like any living thing, cockroaches require nutrients to survive. This means you should clean up any spilled food, seal any open food containers, fix any leaks, or remove any other food source you can think of.
  • Cover up any Entry Points - As mentioned before, cockroaches can enter through cracks, drains, or holes in the wall. Cover up these points to prevent any more roaches from entering your house.
  • Get Rid of Hiding Spots - Look through your home and notice any areas where you think they would like to hide out. Eliminate those spots as soon as possible by cleaning up clutter, filling in cracks or sealing spaces.
  • Set up Bait Traps - These bait traps are a safe and easy DIY way to reduce the amount of cockroaches you have on a small scale. They can be placed in areas where you think they may be hiding. However, this alone will not remove them altogether.
  • Get Professional Cockroach Removal Treatment - Cockroaches are notoriously hard to treat. Often, after all you can do, they still remain in your home. Give us a call at 225-228-4757, and our trained technicians will work hard to make sure that your cockroach problem is solved. Click here to get $50 off of your initial treatment with us!

Posted on September 11, 2019.

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