There is a great misconception that cockroaches are only found in homes that are run down or dirty. Nothing could be more wrong. Cockroaches are believed to be in 63 percent of homes in the United States. With so many infestations, there has to be another explanation. Here are a few ways that cockroaches can get into your home.
Cockroaches Were There Already
Cockroaches are good at hiding and waiting until opportune moments to emerge. Many people don’t even know they have roaches. So, when one set of unaware tenants moves out and new owners or renters move in, they are surprised when insects appear one night scurrying across the floor.
Cockroaches Came In With You
Maybe you wanted to move from the old house that was too small and into a bigger one. Perhaps you brought in more than your furniture. Cockroaches are known for bumming rides in such items and often end up being relocated in your belongings. It is a good idea to check your cargo before and after bringing it into a new home.
Cockroaches Migrated From an Infested Apartment
A home that is cockroach-free can suddenly become infested. This happens because of migration from existing colonies. They commonly seek out homes that have plentiful moisture and food sources. If you own a pet or have excess moisture in your home, your chances for an infestation can increase. Common entry points are through plumbing and holes in the walls.
Cockroaches Came In With the Newspaper
Cockroaches love paper. These bugs communicate with one another and essentially draw maps to one another’s locations through pheromones. Paper absorbs this chemical quickly and acts as an attractant. Wandering roaches might pick up an existing scent on your newspaper that has been left outside. That’s when they are unintentionally brought into your home.
Cockroach Eggs Hatch in Your Home
You have eliminated the visible cockroaches in your home, but that doesn’t mean they’re all gone. Egg casings can contain dozens of offspring and are difficult to find. These casings are attached to various surfaces and can hatch at any time. So, even if you have eradicated the adults, the eggs can incubate up to sixty days later.
Though cleanliness is essential in managing existing infestations, it doesn’t always prevent them from happening. For more information on protecting your home and treatment options, please contact us at Premium TPC Pest Control