Cockroaches are annoying and the most hated pests. They are icky, filthy and are known to carry, and spread diseases. They are often associated with dirty and unsanitary homes. Spotting a cockroach roaming freely across your clean kitchen floor is gross.
That said, a cockroach infestation doesn’t necessarily mean poor sanitization or a dirty home. Sometimes, irrespective of the cleanliness level, you may encounter a cockroach infestation.
This blog is about to explore the top reasons that attract cockroaches in your clean home, along with some useful tips to keep cockroaches away from your clean home.
So, if you:
- Are excellent in keeping your home clean;
- Are suddenly seeing roaches in your house;
- Want to know the reason to get rid of them;
Then, keep scrolling!
How Do Cockroaches Get in Your Clean House?
Cockroaches as indeed very disgusting. But they do not inhabit in unkept and dirty homes. In actuality, many cockroach species are attracted to various other things outside and inside your home. Their presence in your home has nothing to do with your cleaning abilities.
Let’s explore the reason that attracts dirty cockroaches to even the cleanest homes.
Even the smallest of openings, gaps, cracks in your home acts as an entryway into your house. Cockroaches hold the ability to squeeze in through the tiniest opening available, such as the dryer vents, cracks in the exterior walls, or even the gaps between walls and floors, or doors and windows.
The location of your house in the U.S is the most prominent determinant to understand about the presence of cockroaches. The Southeastern regions in the U.S, such as Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have an overwhelming population of American cockroaches (palmetto bugs) and are therefore more prone to cockroaches. If you live in any of these areas, expect the sight of cockroaches in your home despite cleaning regularly.
Roaches love moisture and need water to survive. Leaky pipes and faucets act like a cockroach magnet that brings them into the cleanest of homes. This is one of the major reasons that clean homes often spot cockroaches in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. They drink from the water bowls of pets’ when left out overnight. You will also find them hiding under air conditioners or refrigerators to indulge in their condensation.
Despite your best efforts to keep your kitchen spotless and cockroach-free, you will find them feeding on anything and everything. Places like the attic or basement in your home with items like cardboard, book bindings, soap, grease, leather are cockroach attractants.
The forgotten areas in your home are the undisturbed spaces or the places that have been ignored. Some common forgotten areas that attract cockroaches are:
- between outside doors and floors.
- window screens that have rips or tears or aren’t flush with the frame.
- air conditioning units that don’t fit in windows.
- uncleaned trash cans, including the ones in your bathrooms.
Keeping these pesky critters away from your clean home is simple if you follow these easy prevention steps, such as:
- Seal cracks and caulk gaps around your home.
- Fix all the plumbing or water leak issues.
- Remove any sources of standing water.
- Do not overwater the houseplants.
- Wipe your kitchen counters and cooking stove regularly.
- Do not keep dirty dishes in the sink overnight.
- Sweep, vacuum, and mop daily.
- Stack firewood a few feet off-ground and at least 20 feet away from your home.
It gets frustrating to spot cockroaches despite all the hard work to keep your house clean. If you find a cockroach in your tidy home, do not wait till they become a problem. Call a professional pest control company at the earliest.