What Attracts Roaches to Your Home?
Few things gross us out more than roaches. The thought of them skittering across the floor, in cabinets, or along walls and ceilings is enough to make anyone shudder.The bugs are extremely adaptive and resilient, meaning they can make a home almost anywhere. As such, you shouldn’t be surprised to see the occasional cockroach in your home. It happens. Isolated instances can be handled with a standard pesticide spray or a well-aimed shoe. However, if you regularly notice roaches it’s likely that you’ve got a serious problem.
If it turns out that you do get a roach infestation, it’s probably because some conditions in your home are attracting them. Here are some of the more common ones, and how to handle them.
- Food. Roaches will go wherever the easiest food source is. Usually, this means your kitchen. Even if you think you keep it clean, it’s easy for small spills, crumbs, and other food residues to accumulate, especially in unseen areas. Whenever you prepare food or spill something, be sure to quickly clean up the mess with a cloth and disinfectant cleaner. Store leftovers and unused food in sealed containers in the fridge or other secure areas. Take your trash regularly and tie up trash bags tightly. Even the smell of food is enough to have the bugs come crawling.
- Water. Cockroaches love damp areas. They not only need plenty of water themselves; they also like to lay their eggs near wet areas. Water can come in the form of a leaky faucet or roof or a clogged up drain. Any time you have still water accumulating, you’re welcoming bugs to come take a drink. To avoid this, always be on the lookout for leaks and fix them quickly. Unclog slow-flowing drains and mop up standing water.
- Shelter. These insects thrive in dark, dirty, cramped spaces where they’re safe from predators (and most pesticides). You’ll rarely see them stay long in open, well-lit areas. That’s why you’ll most often find them under furniture, in the basement, or in cabinets and shelves. Deny them these hiding places and they’ll find your home much less attractive. Clean up all your clutter on the floor and furniture. Whenever possible, keep your blinds and curtains to let sunlight in. Otherwise, keep light bulbs fresh and bright in all rooms. Consider replacing opaque cabinet doors with glass to let light in.