How did cockroaches get inside your home? It’s a nightmare for any homeowner. You think you have a nice clean house and you take great pride in your home and then, one day, you head down into the kitchen in the middle of the night, turn on the lights, and see tiny brown-colored bugs scurry away from the light. You know then you have cockroaches and the revulsion sets in. How did they get in?
The fact is cockroaches are so common and can get inside so easily finding out they are in the kitchen, basement, bathroom or under the sink is not a reflection of your house-cleaning abilities at all. In fact, cockroaches are very hearty insects, and surprisingly resourceful, opportunistic and can get in very easily no matter how hard you try.
Where do cockroaches come from? How do cockroaches get into the house? Our Pest Control specialists know the answer to these questions and can help you get rid of cockroaches already inside and prevent them from returning.
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Where did the cockroaches come from?
The roaches inside your home might have already been there before you even moved in. They are very sneaky, and quite good at hiding. Roaches are also very nocturnal, so unless you spend a lot of time up and about and around your home during late night hours, it is entirely possible you may not see them until you just happen to catch one or two scurrying around on the floor one night.
How do cockroaches get inside?
Cockroaches have wings, but are terrible fliers, so that means the cockroaches inside your home probably got there through other means than flying through an open window. In fact, it’s possible you carried them in yourself.
Some species are known to hide in cardboard boxes. They are active in warehouses and will sneak inside boxes shipped out to home like yours and can end up inside. Make sure to inspect boxes when they arrive.
Cockroaches can get in through the pipes, too. Often, in an apartment building, a cockroach infestation in one apartment can quickly spread to others because the plumbing system connects the apartments. They can scurry from one apartment to the next. Roaches are also known to get inside from sewer drains in the basement or other areas.
Cockroaches can also get inside a home through small openings. Is there a space under the door in the garage? The front or back door? Are there cracks in your foundation or siding? Is there a space where utilities like pipes or electrical wires come through the wall and leave areas exposed to the outside? Any of those spaces are enough for a roach to get inside the home, inside the walls, and then to start breeding.