How Cockroaches Get in Homes & What to Do About a Cockroach Infestation

A normal delusion is that a cockroach infestation will only occur in unkept or dirty area. Unfortunately for homeowners (and business owners), cockroach infestations can happen to homes and buildings that are spotless.

Yes, even spotless homes are susceptible and can leave homeowners asking themselves, “How did I get cockroaches?” Roaches can carry diseases and can even trigger allergies or asthma attacks, in addition to simply giving many of us the heebie-jeebies.

How Did Cockroaches Get in my House?

These pests are very resourceful.

  • Cockroaches, like the German and brown-banded cockroach, have been known to enter homes by catching a ride on grocery bags, luggage, furniture, and cardboard boxes.
  • It’s important to inspect these items before bringing them inside, especially packages that were shipped to the house.
  • Roaches can also use crawl spaces and low-clearance areas as points of entry to access homes.
  • American cockroaches (also known as the Palmetto bug), for example, will move along pipes to find their way through the building and to a source of food.
  • Multi-family homes, like condos and duplexes, are susceptible to cockroaches using the plumbing between shared walls as a means of traveling.
  • Drains can be another favorite entry point for cockroaches. Sewer systems and drainage pipes undergoing repair work could lead to American cockroaches becoming displaced and looking for a new home.
  • To prevent cockroaches from traveling between shared walls, holes, cracks, and crevices should be sealed. Window screens should be firmly in place and cracks around windows and doors should be sealed.
  • Cockroach Infestation Signs

    Roaches are a nocturnal pest that prefers to travel and feed in the dark.
    So, spotting even a single cockroach during the daytime could be an indication of an infestation.
    Other cockroach infestation signs include unpleasant odors, fecal droppings that resemble coffee grounds or black pepper, and oval-shaped, brown-colored egg cases also known as oothecae.

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