Among many pests that may affect your home, cockroaches are probably the worst. Not only that the very sight of a cockroach would make your stomach turn, but they are probably one of the most common pests in homes that have unfortunately adapted amazingly well to the modern lifestyle of men and managed to cohabitate with people. Learning more about cockroaches might help you clear your home from them and teach you how to deal with a cockroach infestation.
Why Are There Cockroaches In My Home?
We often associate cockroaches with filthy and deteriorating homes, but the truth is that cockroaches thrive in just about any home. They are also frequent pests in supermarkets and restaurants because these places make sure that they get food and water. Cockroaches are also able to live outside, and in the sewers, so they are adaptable and can be found anywhere. Still, they prefer warm, dark and moist places. It is why they can be found in kitchens, behind appliances and behind furniture, as well as in basements and many other places.
What Do Cockroaches Eat?
Cockroaches will eat just about anything, although they have some preferences and would prefer starchy and sugary foods. They can also eat wood, books, decaying flesh, as well as any food people eat. It is why it is important not to leave food laying around because it can attract cockroaches.
When Are Cockroaches The Most Active?
Cockroaches are at the peak of their activity during the night, and since they are nocturnal animals, they go to your home when you are sleeping in search of food and mates. This is why sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint your infestation because often people do not see cockroaches unless they get up during the night. Cockroaches also use pheromones to track their routes and this tells other cockroaches their location, so they are more than likely to gather behind an appliance or a furniture piece. Cockroaches also have this amazing ability of completely flattening their bodies which allow them to fit through the smallest cracks in the floor or the door. They are also inactive during the winter, and largely dormant during the autumn period, but they come to life in the spring and reach full activity.
Cockroaches’ Natural Predators And How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches
Cockroaches have many natural predators: frogs, iguanas, even some kinds of wasps, but to get rid of them your best bet would be to call the pest control. Alternatively, you could try using some creative ways such as spraying Listerine solution, or Borax. There are also many traps that you can make which will lure cockroaches into a jar, but not allow them to escape. Of course, for those looking for natural remedies for this problem, you might want to use the all mighty citrus. Spraying citrus solution or cleaning your home with lemon juice will repel cockroaches since they cannot stand the citrus smell.