Cockroach infestations can be one of the grossest, most damaging events of any homeowner or renter. They are dirty creatures that elicit thoughts of fear and disgust at the mere sight of them. If you want to prevent cockroach infestations from being in your future, or simply want to stop a small amount of them from entering your home, it’s a good idea to know where the roaches come from.
Outside your home
It’s obvious to say that cockroaches come from outside, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. These bugs can live anywhere, which means that almost no type of environment or weather conditions are harsh enough to keep them from living and breeding. In fact, that is the key element: above all, cockroaches are survivors. No matter what kind of harsh weather or overall environment they’re exposed to, they will not only survive, but thrive.
When we say that cockroaches can survive almost anywhere, that’s meant to be taken literally. How does this affect you and your loved ones? Basically, this means that no matter what it’s like outside, cockroaches are always lurking about. Few of us could probably even imagine living in a sewer, but cockroaches do this without any qualms whatsoever. Their comfort level, apart from what is needed to survive, is not their concern. As long as there is food available and a place to lay their eggs, they are perfectly fine with it … but, of course, your house does make a very appealing smorgasbord.
Cracks and gaps
This is the primary way that cockroaches are able to get inside your house from outside. They sneak in all the little openings they can find, set up shop, and start reproducing. This is exactly how cockroach infestations start. To avoid this, you’ll want to be seal any of these cracks and gaps you can find, whether you need to use caulking, a spray foam application, or weatherstripping. After all, if cockroaches have fewer ways to get inside your house, they’ll pass it right by and head to someone else’s home, or return where they came from.
Hitching a ride
Some cockroaches come from outside, into your home, by hitching a ride. Cockroaches often find refuge inside boxes, bags, backpacks, luggage, and even on a person. It might sound disgusting, but this is absolutely true. For example, if you pick anything up from a storage unit in a cardboard box or leave your gym bag lying on the ground while you work out, there’s always the possibility — however slight — that a cockroach can hitch a ride with you, all the way back to your home, circumventing any preparation you’ve done to keep them outside.
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