What Attracts Cockroaches to your Home?

We often receive phone calls from panicked homeowners who are seeing cockroaches in their homes. Not only are cockroaches unattractive but they are also a health concern. Cockroaches are known to carry diseases and can cause allergic reactions. Knowing how and why roaches are getting into your home is important for the health of you and your family.

Cockroaches are extremely resilient pests. Once they have invaded your home it can be difficult to get rid of them. Knowing the reasons why they are taking up residence in your home is vital to keeping them out. The biggest attractant for cockroaches is food. This can be human food, pet food, bird feed, even cardboard. Ensuring that these items are tightly sealed is imperative in keeping the roaches out. If you have found roaches in your food, throw out the food source immediately. Remember, cockroaches are known to carry diseases.

Just because your food storage areas look clean doesn’t mean that you are out of the woods just yet. Cockroaches can survive for 3 months without eating. In the meantime, they are looking for damp, dark, wet places to hide. Cockroaches take up occupancy in items such as boxes, shelves, and books to protect themselves from dangers such as humans. Many of these items are found in garages, basements or other areas of the home that are not normally inhabited.

Keeping a clean home is the key to keeping your home cockroach and pest free. Wipe down counter, sweep and mop regularly so that pests aren’t attracted to your home. Be sure that trash is sealed properly and taken out on a regular basis so the strong odors don’t attract unwanted guests. Look for water such as pet water bowls or leaky pipes. Where there is a water source…there is a pest.

A clean home and regular pest control is the most effective way to keep cockroaches out of your home. Once a cockroach moves in, it invites others, hatches eggs and soon after you have a full blown infestation. Take quick action by calling your local pest control company, such as Northwest Exterminating, so we can help you identify the source of your problem and act quickly to get the issue resolved.

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Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
 • 888-466-7849

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  1. I have been cleaning and seems that everytime I clean the kitchen there’s more and more cockroaches owner from apartments said it may be the refrigerator that is causing heat to attract more roaches is this true

    • It sounds like you may be dealing with a German Roach infestation. German roaches are found in apartment communities often and usually require multiple treatments as well as some sanitation to eliminate them. Roaches are attracted to water, food, shelter, and when it’s cold…heat. They are attracted to places like the refrigerator but that is not the cause of the infestation. It is common to find a concentration of roaches in and around the appliances. We strongly recommend a pest service or inspection to identify the issue.

  2. Brittany says:

    Hi.lastnight I went to the laundry Matt due to my dryer being. Broken. So anyways. As I was. Loading it up by the door to put my clean laundry in my car my daughter and I had spotted what I had thought. Was a really ugly spider or something. And it crawled right beside my laundry baskets .I just picked up my laundry quickly and put it in my car and came home and folded it all and put it all away.so this morning I went into my bathroom and seen the exact same bug that we saw at the laundry Matt.I took pictures of it to compare it to cockroaches and come to find out that is exactly what it is!! So my question is do I have to worry about more coming into my home? I’ve never had cockroaches before so I do not know what to expect. I’m very worried I have 2 young children and my son unfortunately tries eating bugs n that is the last thing I want to happen! Please let me know …thanks

    • Hello!

      Truth be told, there’s never just one! If this happens to be the same roach for the laundromat, there’s no certainty if it brought its friends along. Regardless, we can initiate a preventive plan to ensure this doesn’t become a huge pest problem. Please call us at 888.466.7849.

  3. Shamyra Green says:

    I recently moved into an apartment in the city with my husband and our 1 year old. the place has had a history of roaches. we had the pest control come and do procedures to clear out the place but it seems like the spray that was used is attracting the roaches instead of illuminating them. the house is always clean and we always mop . i don’t know what to do anymore . this isn’t something that i want to get use to.

    • We’re very sorry that you are experiencing these issues. Pest issues can be very unsettling, especially with young ones in the home. Unfortunately, living in multi-unit housing you are effected by your neighbors as well. If your neighbors are having issues with pests then there is a good chance that you will too. If the problem persists you should call back your pest control company to come back out. It sounds like you may be dealing with German roaches which need multiple visits to eliminate. Also, if not already, make sure to was your dishes everyday and remove trash and food debris form underneath the refrigerator and the stove.

      If the above doesn’t help, contact your property manager. They may need to reach out to the units around you.

  4. Bren Rutkowski-Salsbury says:

    What’s a good bug spray to use in the meantime til we’re able to get someone to come out and spray?

    • Thanks for the comment!! Unfortunately, we can’t recommend a product sold from retailers. A thorough inspection and identification of your property is a key step in resolving your pest issues. Not all pest infestations are treated with the same product. So until you know for sure what you are treating for it is a guessing game and we can not recommend spraying product around your property that may not be effective in treating your infestation. The good news is that we can usually get to your property within 24 hours. We can save you a trip to the store and save you money on ineffective products…give us a call!

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