It’s a common misconception that cockroaches invade only dirty homes, but these somewhat small pests will happily enter your spotless home too. As creatures who have been said to have lived up to 50 million years ago, with the ability to live a week without their head, it’s not so nice to know they have stood the test of time—making them creatures that once enter the home can be a tough challenge to get rid of completely.
Where Do They Come From?
Having lived for so long, it’s evident that cockroaches are adaptable creatures. They may have already been inside your home before you moved in, or you could have even brought them with you. It can be as simple as accidentally bringing them into your home through grocery bags or packages; kids could bring them home from school or could even be transported by furniture.
If they weren’t already inside of your home and you haven’t accidentally brought them in with you, they could be coming through the plumbing of your house, sewers, or drain pipes too.
Despite them not technically causing much structural damage to your home, they can cause serious sanitation burdens and transmit microorganisms or diseases to humans. Essentially, cockroaches can come through any and every part of your home, making it difficult to manage a problem that could become much worse over time.
German Cockroaches are the most common type of Cockroach to enter the home. They enjoy the warmth, any places high in moisture, and of course food. You’ll find them in kitchens and bathrooms, hiding in cracks or crevices. Appliances are hot spots as they are often warm and will, of course, be found around food. When food is scarce, it can be found in other rooms of the house.
American Cockroach: the largest Cockroach you can find. Usually found inside dwellings amongst any dark or moist areas. You can often find them in floor drains, pipes, laundry areas, or any room with their preferred climate.
Oriental Cockroach: on the smaller side of the cockroach family, these can be found in the usual dark and damp places but more often found in cooler areas like cellars, basements, or crawlspaces.
Brownbanded Cockroach: while far less common, they can become a problem in the home. While the same size as a german cockroach, their looks are very different. They can be found in any part of the home, but they prefer to hide in the upper areas of walls, closets, or cabinets.
Wood Cockroach: as named the wood cockroach, they enjoy a wood setting. While generally outdoor and not often coming inside to be a nuisance. They may be brought in through wood during the winter. You may find them nesting in crawlspaces.
What Time Of The Year Do They Enter?
While cockroaches enjoy the spring and summer months like their other pest friends, it won’t be uncommon to see them scurrying through your kitchen during the wintertime. As resilient creatures, as long as the temperature in your home is above 50 degrees, then roaches are happy to hang around all year round.
Why Pest Control?
Cockroaches can be extremely difficult to eliminate from the home as they can multiply incredibly quickly. Ridding them before an infestation occurs is of top priority, and pest control will not only remove the infestation from your home but will create preventative treatments to ensure your home is safe from any other cockroach families.