Home Care

What Attracts Roaches Into Your Home?

Keep those pesky pests away

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Sometimes, no matter how well you're cleaning and maintaining your home, you still find yourself running away from the dreaded "flying ipis". The scary thing about it is if you see one roach in your home, chances are there are many more hiding in the area. To get to the bottom of the problem, it may be good to take a hard look at your space, and why these pests consider it great accommodations.

Here are a few things that roaches find attractive:


1. Food

Roaches love human food, which includes sweets, starches, meats, and cheeses. They also love grease as well, so you may want to stop keeping unwashed frying pans with used oil on top of your stove. Don't keep food exposed for long periods as well, and make sure to clean your kitchen sink strainer of food bits and grease before you turn in for the evening.

2. Dark, moist places

If you have a roach issue in your bathroom, there's a huge chance that the space doesn't get proper air circulation enough for it to dry. Make sure to turn on your exhaust fan or open the windows after taking a shower, or if you don't have either, leave the door open for a while to let your bathroom breathe.

Remember to egularly clean the storage area under your sink. Make sure that it isn't dusty or there aren't molds forming. Roaches love laying eggs in dark corners, so always keep things spic and span.


3.  Paper materials

While roaches have a taste for sweets, they'll eat just about everything—including cardboard and paper. Best find a way to sustainably dispose of your old newspapers!

4. Pet supplies

Cat and dog food are treats for roaches, so if possible, transfer your stocks to a container with a secure lid.

5. Garbage

Garbage—especially food waste—has powerful odors which roaches love. To lessen your trash bin's appeal to pests, try segregating your trash and make sure to have your cans covered. 

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