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Why does your Home Have Cockroaches? 5 Must Read Reasons

Finding  cockroaches in your home is never fun. Not only are they creepy to see, but they can aggravate allergies and spread disease. It’s also an embarrassing problem to have. Having people over can be nerve wracking, as you might be worried about your guests spotting a cockroach running across the ground. Your friends and family might be hesitant to return.

If you’re dealing with cockroaches you might be wondering how they got into your home. Most likely, it’s one of the following reasons:

Food, not Stored Properly

Cockroaches are always on the lookout for food. It doesn’t take much to draw them in. Make sure all leftovers are stored quickly. All food in your pantries, especially anything sugar based, should be stored in an airtight containers.

General un-tidiness

Cockroaches are attracted to dirty areas. Sweeping, mopping, wiping down counters and taking out trash on a regular basis are all ways to minimize food particles left behind. Cockroaches are always looking for crumbs and spills, so try to keep your house as clean as possible.

Previous Homeowners

If you’re new to this home, there’s a possibility that the cockroaches were there before you moved in. They might have been in a place people rarely visit, such as the basement. If the infestation was small, you might not have noticed it before you moved in.

Cracks in Walls/Foundation

Cockroaches don’t need much to get into your home. Even a tiny crack can give them the access they need to enter. Look closely at the walls of your home and try to find possible entryways. If you find a crack, fill it in with caulking. Your foundation might be tougher to deal with, but if you find a problem there, it needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

Loose Seals

Another place to check for access points are windows and doors. Check to make sure each window and door is tightly sealed. Check for space underneath doors that lead outside. Check windows for holes in the screens, and repair any holes you find as soon as possible

Since roaches are a complex issue to deal with, if you spot a couple in your home, you should call a professional right away. Cockroaches are one of the more difficult pests to get rid of, so having an expert help is almost always necessary. Once the pest control pro helps you rid your house of these bugs, follow all of the steps listed here to prevent it from being a problem again.