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What Attracts Cockroaches to Your Home? November 15, 2019

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What Attracts Cockroaches to Your Home?, Dothan, Alabama

Residential pest control isn’t just about exterminators coming to your home and eliminating infestations. It’s also important to take preventive measures that keep cockroaches and other insects and vermin from entering your house in the first place. Below, learn what attracts roaches to residential spaces to keep the bacteria-ridden insects out of your home.

3 Aspects That Make Your Home Irresistible To Roaches

1. Water

The insects need water to survive and are naturally drawn to leaking pipes within your home. Ants and other pests are also found near water sources. Call your plumber to fix any leaks and have them caulk around your tubs and toilets to keep water from seeping into the walls and creating mold in addition to attracting pests. Eliminate any standing water as well, such as that from a clogged sink or shower. Your plumber can help you by providing drain cleaning services. 

2. Food

residential pest controlLeaving food out in your kitchen, T.V. room, or anywhere else in your home is the easiest way to attract roaches and a wide variety of other pests. They smell the food and enter your house through assorted cracks and crevices, feasting and then repopulating.

In addition to putting all human and pet food away in your refrigerator, freezer, and assorted sealed containers, make a habit of wiping kitchen counters and other surfaces with equal parts white vinegar and water. Vinegar kills roach bacteria and eliminates attractive food odors. Also, keep trash cans well-sealed and vacuum regularly to remove crumbs.

3. Shelter

Roaches use your home as a shelter from the elements and enter through gaps and cracks in your foundation, windows, and doors. Seal all gaps with caulk and weatherstripping materials as part of residential pest control.

Remove yard debris and other clutter from around your home as well, including firewood piles. Cockroaches communicate via pheromones and prefer organic materials that absorb the substance better, such as wood. Keep firewood piles as far away from your home as possible to avoid attracting pests.


Don’t wait on residential pest control services if you suspect an infestation. Pest-Ex in Dothan, AL, has served the Wiregrass area since 1956, providing commercial as well as residential pest control services. Call (334) 794-5903 today to schedule an appointment or view their services online.

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