Got Cockroaches In House? Send Them Packing

A cockroach in a house

When it comes to your home, you may not expect it to be perfect, but it should be comfortable. It's the one place in the world where you get to be yourself and get away from stress. Your home is also where you raise your family and make memories with your pets. The last thing you want is cockroaches in the house.

Not only are they ugly insects, but cockroaches can also carry harmful bacteria that can contaminate your food and make you sick. Even if you are good about keeping your house clean and spotless, it may be possible that you can have cockroaches in the house. Read on to find some ways to send them packing.

What Are Cockroaches?


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Cockroaches are insects that are found all over the world. They have six legs and vary in size, growing up to 6 inches in some places, with an average size of 2 inches. There are about 4,600 different species of cockroaches in the world, with only 30 of them found around humans and four of them considered pests. Some cockroaches have wings, but they aren't very good fliers.

Cockroaches have been around for millions of years. They are incredibly common and hardy insects that can tolerate many different environments, including Arctic cold. Some species even have elaborate social structures. They have been part of human culture since classical antiquity, but—as mentioned—only a few of them are actually considered pests.

SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT COCKROACHES

You've more than likely heard numerous stories about cockroaches and their ability to survive in different environments and perhaps even about some of their strange behaviors. Below are some interesting facts about cockroaches that will make you look at them differently.

They Can Live for a Week Without Their Head

They Can Survive for a Month Without Food

They Can Hold Their Breath for 40 Minutes

They Can Run Up to 3 Miles per Hour

Why Are There Cockroaches In the House?


If you're like most people, you want to believe that cockroaches only infest dirty homes. Unfortunately, this isn't true. They will get into any home they can, even if you keep it spotlessly and meticulously clean. This can help reduce the likelihood of having roaches in your home, but it doesn't guarantee you won't get them.

Cockroaches are opportunistic, so they will go anywhere and infest any area that is warm, safe, and supplies food. In many ways, they are just like you. They want to raise their kids in a place that will supply them with the items they'll need to survive. A dirty home is easier for them to stay in because people aren't taking care of it and food is easier to get to, but they'll go wherever they can: even the most spotlessly clean places.

In addition to being opportunistic, roaches are also incredibly good hiders and resilient. They can withstand enormous temperature changes and chemical attacks. It's possible that you have roaches in your home at the moment, but you may not know it. There are many ways that they could have gotten there, too.

THEY MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN THERE

Cockroaches live all over the world, and it's possible that they live in a habitat near your home. It's also possible that your neighbor has roaches and they migrated across the lawn to your house.

THEY MAY HAVE HITCHED A RIDE FROM ANOTHER PLACE

It's possible that you brought roaches with you when you moved out of your old house and into a new one. Roaches can also be transported in plastic bags and cardboard boxes that you get from stores. Your kids can get roaches in their backpacks at school. If you have roaches at work, you can bring them home with you. When you went on vacation, a cockroach may have crawled into your luggage.

When it comes to cockroaches in the house, they could even get in by crawling through the plumbing. If you're in an apartment and share plumbing with other units, they will use these pipes to travel to different places. They can even access the pipe openings from outside.

The point is that there are many ways you can get cockroaches in the house. Pointing blame won't fix the problem, but realizing that cockroaches in the house are unwelcome is the first step to getting rid of them. Thankfully, there are some ways to handle this task.

Getting Rid of Cockroaches


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If you're like most people, when you discover that you have cockroaches in the house, you'll probably freak out. This is normal, as most people don't want this disgusting, disease-spreading vermin in their home. After the initial shock has worn off, the next step you'll need to take is finding ways to get rid of the insects.

CALL AN EXTERMINATOR

Probably the most common way to get rid of cockroaches in the house is to call a local exterminator. They have the skills, expertise, and equipment to take care of this task. Since roaches can be resilient to different chemicals, having a professional who knows the best course of action could be the best way to get rid of these nuisances.

DO SOME DEEP CLEANING

While roaches will get into both clean and dirty houses alike, the cleaner your home is, the less chances there is of the roaches finding a food sources. If you take the time to do some deep cleaning of your home, this could force the insects to move along.

When it comes to cockroaches in the house, they could even get in by crawling through the plumbing. If you're in an apartment and share plumbing with other units, they will use these pipes to travel to different places. They can even access the pipe openings from outside.

Behind fridges and stoves are great places to find roaches because they are warm and most people don't clean under and behind these on a frequent basis. Make it a habit to keep these areas clean to reduce the chances of having cockroaches in the house.

GET RID OF HIDING PLACES

Sealing up cracks where these insects can hide will reduce the chances of them finding your home appealing. They also like to live in cardboard boxes and stacks of paper, so get rid of any clutter you might have around your house.

​​PUT OUT BAIT OR STICKY TRAPS

One of the first things you might be tempted to do when you see a roach is spray it with chemicals. This might be a good way to get rid of them, but it can also be dangerous for you. It may get on countertops and other surfaces that food touch, and you don't want to ingest these bug sprays.

Putting out bait or sticky traps is a better alternative. You may even be able to get bait that they will take back to their nest to take care of the other cockroaches. This will ensure that you get rid of roaches but keep you and your family safe.

​​SPRAY IT WITH SOAP AND WATER

If you happen to see a roach while cooking dinner and you want to take care of it as soon as possible, you might consider having a spray bottle with soap and water handy. Since they breathe through their skin, the soap will make it difficult for them to accomplish this task and will wind up suffocating them.

The best thing about having a spray bottle of soap and water handy is that you can use it to clean up any messes and make the environment less appealing to roaches. It's also safe to have around your family and your pets.

Conclusion


The thought of having cockroaches in the house makes some people's skin crawl, and for good reason. They are disgusting insects that can spread disease and have an impact on people's allergies. Roaches are incredibly hardy and resilient creatures and can be found all over the world.

While they have their place in certain habitats, your home should not be one of them. When it comes to getting rid of roaches, cleanliness is key, but getting professional help might also be a good idea.

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