Nobody likes to see cockroaches in their home. Not only are they filthy creatures that can spread disease and aggravate allergies, they are also an embarrassing problem to have. Do you really want to risk a visitor seeing a cockroach scurry across the floor the next time you have a get together? You may have a hard time convincing friends and family to make a return visit after that.
If you’re dealing with roaches, you may be confused about how they infiltrated your home. Most likely, one of the following five reasons is to blame:
1. You Don’t Store Your Food Properly
Cockroaches are always looking for food, and it doesn’t take much to attract them. That’s why you should store all leftovers quickly and ensure you don’t leave any food unprotected. Any food in your pantry or cupboard should be in airtight containers.
2. You Don’t Keep a Clean Home
Sorry to badmouth your cleaning habits, but the fact is that cockroaches don’t inhabit pristine homes. If you’re not sweeping, mopping, wiping down counters and tables and taking out the trash every night, then you’re leaving food particles behind. Cockroaches are happy to clean them up for you.
3. They Were There Before You
If you’ve only lived in your home for a short time, there’s a chance the cockroaches were already established somewhere unseen, such as the basement. If the cockroach infestation was small, there may not have been any warning signs before you moved in – and now the infestation has grown, which is why you’re seeing roaches.
4. There Are Cracks in Your Walls or Foundation
It doesn’t take much room for cockroaches to squeeze into your home, and even the smallest cracks in your walls could grant them access. Inspect every wall and the foundation closely for possible openings. If you find cracks in a wall, use caulking to seal them up. Your foundation might require a more heavy duty patching, but it should also be dealt with properly.
5. You Have Loose Seals Around Doors and Windows
Just like wall cracks, roaches can fit underneath doors and window sills that aren’t adequately sealed. Ensure there’s no space underneath doors that lead outside, and check window sills carefully. You should also check window screens for holes.