You may have thought you have did a good job cleaning up your house. You may have thought to yourself, “Hey, there’s no way any cockroaches would want to come to my house now. It’s squeaky clean!” But, just when you were about to celebrate, lo and behold, you saw two or three cockroaches scurrying around near your bed, seemingly chit-chatting with each other. To make matters worse, they don’t seem to want to go away anytime soon.
Sadly, keeping your house clean and tidy is only a part of the equation. Rather than “only” sweeping the floor and mopping the whole house, what you should do is to figure out what attracts cockroaches to your house instead. After figuring that out, you can start eliminating each factor that attracts cockroaches one by one and finally, get rid of cockroaches inside your house!
So, What Attracts Cockroaches To My House?
There are several main factors that will attract cockroaches to your house, regardless of how clean you have kept the house. Several of the factors are availability of food, availability of water, darkness (or light source) and smell. Unless you get rid of all of these four factors, cockroaches will still find your house as an attractive place to stay.
Food Attracts Cockroaches
Though I am stating the obvious, the number one reason a cockroach will find your house attractive would be the availability of food. Cockroaches are not picky eaters, they will eat anything that they can get. So, if your house is not tidy enough, ie: there are always food crumbs lying around here and there, spilled soda left without being mopped; you can expect cockroaches to come to your house soon to feast on your leftovers. If there are other insects in your house, be sure to clean them up too as cockroaches also feed on dead insect and bugs. They would also feed on dying grass so keep your house clean from organic matters as well.
However, keeping your house clean is not enough. Be sure to keep food containers tight and sealed to avoid cockroaches from sensing food inside any containers. Sometimes, even that is not enough, as cockroaches are known to eat through plastic bags if they are desperate enough. Apart from that, cockroaches would also eat papers, cardboard or even book bindings. So if you keep all of your books at one place and left it for a long time without any sort of cockroach repellent, you can bet that there will be a family of cockroaches waiting for you underneath the books.
Water Also Attracts Cockroaches
Other than food, cockroaches are also attracted to water, mainly due to the fact that they need water to survive as well. Actually, it is more important for them to have ample water supply than food. A place that is dark, moist that is rarely visited would be a perfect place for cockroaches to hide and have kids.
Some example of places inside your house that may attract cockroaches due to moisture would be your toilet, if you always leave it wet after use. Apart from that, you may also find cockroaches under your kitchen sink or near any leaking pipes inside your basement. Clogged drains are also an excellent place for a cockroach to stay. Hunt them down and fix them to make your home less attractive to any new cockroaches.
Darkness Are Cockroaches’ Best Friend
Cockroaches are timid and will rather avoid confrontations with human. They are also mainly a nocturnal species, resting in the day and searches for food during the night. Hence, they prefer darkness and will always choose a place that is dark as their hiding place. Bonus points if the hiding place is located near to food and water source.
Examples of dark places would be behind any cabinet or underneath your table, bed, sofa etc. Sometimes, even a dark room would be the place of choice for cockroaches to hide if nobody comes in for a long period time. So, if you find a place that is always dark and not looked at by anyone, there may be cockroaches there, so flush them out too.
However, there are exceptions,. One such example is the Asian Cockroach. Unlike their other friends, Asian Cockroaches are attracted to light instead, just like several other insects.
What Else Attract Cockroaches? Smell
Cockroaches are also attracted to smell. The smell of food would be quite enticing to cockroaches. They would also be quite attracted to garbage dumps and especially any decomposing garbage that may be inside your garbage bag. Worst case, you may find a herd of cockroaches inside or outside your garbage bag if you left it decomposing inside your house long enough. Unless you could completely eliminate any smell from the garbage bag completely (eg: seal off the bag), it is recommended that you simply dump the garbage away immediately.
Now, you already know what attracts cockroaches. Time to start cracking. Good luck with taking care of those cockroaches!