When it comes to the fight against cockroach infestations in your home, knowledge is a powerful weapon. If you don’t know where cockroaches like to live or what they eat, you can put as many roach motels and traps out as you like, but you’ll never get rid of the problem. If you think that killing the roach you saw killed the problem, you’re sorely mistaken.
Fortunately, we have the answers you need to common questions and misconceptions about cockroach infestations. Armed with this information, you’ll be better equipped to get rid of any cockroaches that have invaded your home and prevent future infestations, too.
Where Do Cockroaches Live?
Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal insects, which is why they scatter and scuttle toward dark corners when you turn on a light. They prefer dark, moist environments for their homes, especially ones that provide easy nourishment and accessible, warm hiding places.
Cockroaches can survive on a lot of different materials. They eat food, garbage, wallpaper paste, paper, book binding materials, and other organic materials. So, if you have a stack of newspapers in the garage that’s been exposed to moisture, you have a pretty perfect roach hideout.
Roaches particularly prefer moist environments, so if you have sweating pipes or places in your basement with standing water, you need to clean them up and dry them out if you want to get rid of cockroaches and keep them out.
Roaches also gravitate toward small nooks and crannies. They’ll hide under the sink, in the walls and cracks in the floor, too. If you want to make sure that roaches don’t get into your home, check and plug up holes in the walls and foundation of your home that could allow roaches in from outside.
I Killed a Cockroach in my Kitchen – Do I Have an Infestation?
Yes. Unfortunately, if you saw one, there are at least a hundred (and probably more) very nearby. Now, you may have just killed the first roach to get into your home, but that’s not likely, and even if you did there are more on their way.
Why? Your home is attractive to cockroaches for at least one of the following reasons:
- It’s accessible from the outside and provides a warm environment.
- Food and crumbs are left out, providing an easy food source.
- You have damp, warm, dark places for cockroaches to live and hide.
To get rid of your cockroach problem, you’re going to need to do some serious cleaning. You can try to kill the roaches you have with boric acid and traps, but you really need to make the environment less attractive to them.
What are the Symptoms of a Cockroach Allergy?
If your cockroach infestation has come with an especially bad case of allergies, it’s probably not a coincidence. You’re probably allergic to cockroaches. You don’t have to even touch a roach directly to experience this type of allergy. Flakes and debris from their shells, wings, and the rest of their bodies are small and light enough to become airborne and for you to breathe in.
The most common symptoms of a cockroach allergy include:
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Itchy, red skin and/or a skin rash
- Exacerbated asthma symptoms
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
Just putting down roach traps and roach poison won’t help your allergies, as the debris from dead cockroach bodies often triggers them. If you have a cockroach allergy, you absolutely have to clean your home and get rid of any potential roach hideouts if you want your symptoms to subside.
Call the Pros
If cockroaches are problematic at your home, contact Fischer Environmental Services for a free assessment and control estimate, (800) 391-2565.
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