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What You Need to Know About Cockroaches

Cockroaches are among the most frequent complaints of property owners we have worked with at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections. Whether be it during a pre-sale inspection or annual inspection, concerns about cockroach infestation will always come forward.

If you want to prevent them from claiming your home as their own, here are some things you need to know about their characteristics and habits:

  • Roaches are constantly in search for a warm shelter, and is one of the main reasons why they may pick your home as the perfect dwelling and not the trash bin on the streets (although you may also find them there scavenging for food).
    • Water is a necessity for cockroaches, while food is usually just an added attraction for their extended stay.
    • They are nocturnal creatures, hence, you will mostly see them at night. This characteristic also makes it quite hard to suspect an infestation since they only appear when most people are already asleep. If you find cockroaches during the day, it could mean that their swarm has multiplied in numbers, forcing some cockroaches to come out of the crowded and infested areas.
    • Their sensory structure helps them detect air movement so they can quickly escape when threatened. These are called cerci, which are found on the rear part of their body.
    • Their antennae and bristles are used for locating food and moisture and they can detect even the smallest amount of food.

How Cockroaches Get Inside Your Home

Most of the time, cockroaches make their way into your home through openings – no matter how small these openings are. Their tiny bodies allow them to crawl through spaces around doors and windows, cracks in walls and other narrow crevices.

Other times, you may be taking them home without your even knowing it. With their size, they can simply fit in the folds of a paper or a pocket of your bag. By the time you come home, they can just slip out and make their way into areas of your home without being noticed. You may also be carrying a paper bag or items from a garage sale where female cockroaches have deposited their eggs.

Preventing and Treating Infestations

Keeping your place free from clutter is always a recommended method of avoiding cockroach infestation in your home. That means taking away their source of food and water – sealing away food in airtight containers, refrigerating leftovers, keeping the trash bin secure and repairing leaking pipes, among others.

When the situation requires more than just prevention, you can call our team at Twinspectors to have your home inspected. Appropriate treatment methods will then be recommended for eradicating cockroaches.