When most people think of cockroach infestations, they picture filthy, unsanitary houses. For example, sinks that are overflowing with dirty dishes, jam-packed garbage cans, and floors that are littered with trash. Dirty houses are certainly more prone to attracting cockroaches and causing other types of pest infestations. However, even a clean house is not immune. In other words, you don’t have to be a hoarder to have a roach infestation.

Why Do I Have Roaches If My House is Clean?

If you keep your home spic-and-span and you’ve discovered roaches scurrying about or you’ve been spotting the calling cards they leave behind, you’re probably wondering how this could be possible. Most importantly, don’t be ashamed or embarrassed. The best way to solve a problem is to get to its root. What’s causing the roach infestation in the first place? Below, you’ll find a list of some of the top factors that can cause even a very clean home to become a breeding ground for roaches.

High Moisture Levels

There are numerous species of cockroaches, such as the American cockroach, and many types of roaches are attracted to dampness. Therefore, if you’re having a problem with cockroaches, a moisture problem could be to blame.

  • Check plumbing fixtures to see if there are any leaks underneath bathroom and kitchen sinks, toilets, showers, tubs, and your water heater.
  • Inspect your roof, attic, basement, and/or crawl space as well to see if there are any damp areas or if moisture is seeping in.
  • If you have a fireplace, moisture could also be seeping in through the masonry work, so you will also want to inspect that area.

There doesn’t have to be an active leak in order to have a moisture problem that can welcome roaches into your house. If there’s standing water anywhere on the inside or outside of your property it can be a problem.

For example, garden beds that are overly moist, flower pots that are filled with water, damp kitchen sponges, or even your pet’s water bowl are all factors that could be attracting pests.

Food Sources

If you have ample food sources in your house that are easily accessible, that’s basically a greeting card for cockroaches. Food left on countertops, open packages in your pantry, crumbs on the floor, and even pet food will welcome these pests inside your home.

Make sure that you’re diligent about how you store your food and how you clean up messes. Wipe down countertops, and clean out all surfaces in your pantry, including the shelves and floors. Also, vacuum, and sweep all areas where food is eaten, such as your kitchen and dining room. If you have pets, after they’ve finished eating, make sure to pick up their dishes. Also, keep any dry pet food that may be stored in a cabinet or pantry in sealed containers.

Easy Access – Entry Points

Like all pests, roaches seek shelter in warm locations such as your house. If there are easy-to-access entry points around your house, there’s a good chance the insects are entering there.

Tears in window and door screens, loose window seals, gaps under doors, holes, cracks in your roofing and foundation, and even gaps around dryer vents are all the most common ways that cockroaches enter your home.

Unkept Landscaping

Certain types of landscaping elements can attract roaches to your yard. When these pests are attracted to your yard, there’s a good chance that they will make their way inside. Piles of leaves, old mulch, and any type of decaying matter are all landscaping elements that roaches may be attracted to. Therefore, you will want to eliminate them immediately. Stagnant water in ponds, flower pots, and watering cans can also attract these pests. Controlling pests in these parts of your landscaping is oftentimes better left to a local pest control services company.

How do Get Rid of Roaches

Now that you know some of the factors that could be contributing to these unwelcome pests that have arrived in your house, you’re probably wondering what you can do to get rid of them. If your house is already neat and tidy, what more can you do to eliminate roaches and prevent them from returning?

There are a number of things that you can do to get rid of cockroaches and prevent future infestations. Once you’ve identified what it is that’s attracting the cockroaches, you’ll want to remedy that problem. For example, if you have a moisture issue, you’ll need to fix the source of the issue. Or, if you have food sources lying around, you’ll want to clean them up immediately.

Preventing Future Infestations

Once you’ve corrected the issue that led to the cockroach problem in the first place, it is important to be diligent about making sure that the problem that led to the infestation doesn’t become problematic in the future.

It’s also important to note that if the infestation is bad enough, you should contact a professional exterminator near you, ABC Termite & Pest Control. Not only do we provide free estimates, but we also eradicate active infestations, and prevent future infestations from occurring.

Additional Reading: Cockroach Resources – University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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