While roaches normally live in warm, damp outdoor areas (flowerbeds, in leaf litter and mulch, under vegetation, in sewer systems) they will enter homes to find water or food. They are also looking for somewhere warm to spend the winter. Talk about unwanted holiday guests!
Nocturnal and Smelly
Roaches are nocturnal and remain in the dark whenever possible, only emerging to search for water and food. During the day they hide in groups (called a harborage) under stoves, refrigerators, cabinets, or in crown molding. If you are seeing cockroaches in the light or during the day, they were likely forced out by overcrowding and you should suspect a large infestation. Cockroaches also produce a chemical called an “aggregation pheromone” which causes the roaches to stay together in groups. As the roach infestation grows, a strong oily or musty odor will become noticeable.
Not Picky Eaters
Outdoors, cockroaches will eat leaves, tiny wood particles, fungi, algae, and small insects. Indoors, they will forage for crumbs, pet food, plant matter, dead skin cells, garbage, and even feces under your appliances, in your drains and kitchen cabinets, and on the floor.
Prolific Disease Carriers
For every cockroach you see there can be many, many more hiding and multiplying behind your walls. As proven or suspected carriers of the organisms causing diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever and viral diseases such as poliomyelitis, not only are cockroaches bothersome—they are also dangerous.
How They Get In
Roaches often come into your home through basement windows, garages, and under doors with damaged weather stripping. They are then drawn to food storage and preparation areas, as well as moist locations like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements.
How to Prevent Roach Infestations
– Exclusion: Remove all food and unnecessary water sources, seal all cracks and crevices, remove shelter sites cardboard and paper piles.
– Landscape modification: Remove dead leaves, rake mulch away from your home’s foundation and cut back bushes.
– Gutters: Clean any built up debris from your gutters. Otherwise roaches can set up a colony here and then enter you home through the attic.
Call the pros: Cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs and they aren’t going anywhere unless you call Truly Nolen! If you are experiencing problems with roaches, call us today. We have the skills, experience, and equipment necessary to eliminate roaches from your home. Call the experts today.