What Attracts Cockroaches to My Home?
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What Attracts Cockroaches to My Home?

Cockroaches are a common pest, but you may be inadvertently attracting them into your home and making it a little too comfortable for them to stick around. Learn more about what attracts cockroaches and preventative steps you can take to keep them at bay.

Location

If you live in the southeast United States, you are probably familiar with American cockroaches or palmetto bugs. The climate in this area of the country is ideal for cockroaches, which means you may have to be more careful about keeping your home clean.

Food, Water, Shelter

Cockroaches are driven by survival instincts. They are always on the hunt for food, water, and shelter. Homes tend to be easy sources for all these necessities. That is why you will often see them in kitchens and bathrooms. A messy kitchen is a perfect place to find food and faucets, leaky pipes, and even condensation from refrigerators provide a convenient source of water. You may even see cockroaches drinking from your pets’ bowls at night.

When it comes to finding shelter, cockroaches prefer dark areas where they won’t be disturbed. They can be found hiding in the far corners of cabinets, in stacks of paper or cardboard, and behind picture frames. Cockroaches can fit into practically any space, which makes them excellent at hiding.

Accessibility 

Since cockroaches have adapted to be able to fit through tiny cracks, accessibility can play a factor in whether you have these pests in your home. It is important to inspect the exterior of your home and seal off any gaps around vents, pipes, doors, windows, and other vulnerable areas.

Keeping a clean home and taking care of any leaky pipes can go a long way in preventing cockroaches from being attracted to your home. However, it may not be enough to keep them away. If you have taken all the necessary precautions and you are still finding cockroaches in your home, it may be time to call the professionals. PMi Pest Management provides convenient, affordable, and effective pest control services. Call us today for all your pest control needs.  

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