Knowing the common cockroach hiding spots in the home will help you to get rid of them and make sure they don’t come back in the future.
Cockroaches are among the most common pests in many homes in Indonesia. These pesky insects are nocturnal insects or meaning tend to be more active at night. This is why you always find it easier to spot roaches at night rather than during the day.
During the day, cockroaches prefer to stay hidden in their dark, warm, and humid hiding spots. At night, where they are more active – cockroaches will leave their hiding places to forage for food and mating.
Unfortunately, once cockroaches can get inside a home, it can be very hard to find them. This is mainly because roaches are really good at hiding. Moreover, cockroaches have a flat body shape, allowing them to squeeze into many secluded-tight spaces and crevices.
The harder they are to find for humans, the easier for cockroaches to reproduce and spread widely in your home.
Find more about cockroaches hiding spots in this article and get a few tips on how to get rid of cockroaches with Rentokil here!
Where do cockroaches hide in the home?
If there’s a question about: “I saw one cockroach, should I be worried?”. The answer is yes. Because maybe only one cockroach is visible; where actually there are still many cockroaches that are hiding and waiting for the right time to come out.
Cockroach chooses it’s hiding spots not far from its food resource. Normally, the distance between their hiding place and the food source was only 10 feet away!
Here are the 5 most common cockroaches hiding spots inside your home:
1. Household appliances
Cockroaches prefer to shelter in dark and humid places which are close to the food sources. Therefore, it’s not surprising that your household appliances are the most common cockroach hiding spots inside the home.
Household appliances like the fridge, stove, oven, and microwave are examples of places cockroaches love to hide.
How to get rid of cockroaches from home household appliances
Cockroach infestations are commonly found infested behind, under, or back of your household appliances. Thus, firstly you need to check for cockroaches hiding spots around the home appliances and clean them thoroughly.
Besides cleaning the surfaces; you need to move your units from their original place so you can thoroughly clean your household appliances from back to front and side to side.
Secondly, you need to clean up all the areas of your home appliances by using a broom, mop, or vacuum cleaner to get rid of the food crumbs that you left behind. The smallest food crumbs that fall underneath your home appliances are enough to attract cockroaches coming to our home.
2. Kitchen and bathroom cabinet
Do you ever find cockroach droppings or even live adult cockroaches inside your kitchen or bathroom cabinet? If so, then you are not alone!
Your cabinets which are usually located underneath a sink are the perfect cockroaches hiding spots inside your home. This place is secluded, warm, and dark. Thus, the cabinet is a perfect breeding ground for the most common cockroach species infesting your home.
Apart from being humid because of the sink installation pipe; cockroaches can also easily find food sources inside your cabinets. Did you know? Cockroaches are not only interested in human food; but also in other things such as soap or toothpaste. Or all the things we commonly keep inside the bathroom cabinet.
How to get rid of cockroaches from kitchen and bathroom cabinet
Here are some easiest ways to keep roaches out of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets:
- Clean up all the cabinets surfaces inside-out on a routine basis
- Make sure there’s no pipe leakage – remember cockroach attract to humid conditions!
- Organize your toiletries and cooking ingredients inside your cabinets
- For the kitchen cabinet, it is recommended to place all your foods or cooking ingredients inside the airtight container
Who would have thought that the other common cockroach hiding spot in the home is your furniture or sofa?
Believe it or not, but it is evidently not only you who enjoy relaxing on the sofa after a long tiring day. Because it turns out that one of the cockroach species also likes the softness and warmth of your sofa fabric.
The brown-banded cockroach is a cockroach species that are commonly found nesting in the indoor area. Unlike the other cockroach species, these cockroaches are more interested in hiding in a dry and warm place, such as a sofa.
Their slim and flat bodies, of course, it is not difficult for cockroaches to sneak between sofa gaps. Besides being warm, it’s also easy for them to find food sources from food crumbs we left behind. Worst of all, not only do they like to hide inside furniture, but also leave behind their eggs which are ready to hatch within weeks!
How to get rid of cockroach inside furniture
The best way to prevent cockroaches from breeding in furniture is by doing a thorough cleaning on a regular basis. A vacuum cleaner can help you in the cleaning process.
Make sure the bottom of your furniture and other hard-to-reach parts of the sofa are not neglected during the cleaning process. This way has to be done in order to reach or find the cockroach eggs which are possible to find in this area.
4. Piles of used paper or cardboard
Do you have a lot of papers and used boxes scattered around the house? If yes, then don’t be surprised if the cockroach problem can become more serious in your home.
Piles of used cardboard are the ideal and common cockroach breeding spots in the home. This is mainly because these used items are generally located in secluded places; which are slightly exposed to human activity, such as in the warehouse or garage area.
Not only that, piles of used papers and cardboard are also considered as cockroaches’ favourite food. Even though cockroaches don’t have a strong jaw to chew cardboard, yet this pesky pest will slowly destroy and leave unpleasant odors among the used items.
How to get rid of cockroach from piles of used paper or cardboard
First, it is best to get rid of all used newspapers, magazines, and cardboard boxes out of your home.
Second, avoid using cardboard to store goods in the house. In addition, you can also replace the use of cardboard boxes with large plastic containers as storage. Besides being more sturdy, plastic containers are certainly less attractive to cockroaches to attack.
5. Floor drain
The reason why cockroaches have such a bad reputation as filthy animals is that where they live and how they live.
The floor drain is known to be cockroach hiding spots as well as their main favorite access to get inside the house. The floor drain provides everything that cockroaches need in order to survive: enough moisture and also a source of food. Cockroaches are omnivorous insects and opportunistic eaters. Meaning they will eat anything they can find inside the drain.
If you find cockroaches coming out the floor drain mostly it’s American cockroach type what you see. Because this type of cockroach likes to crawl inside the drain and is able to spread pathogens, harmful bacteria, and diseases to humans.
How to get rid of cockroaches inside your floor in drains
The best way to get rid of cockroaches inside your floor drains is by doing routine clean-up to avoid drain blockage. To block the access of cockroaches inside the house, it is advisable to close the floor drain by using a cover made of stainless or plastic.
Also make sure to always clean the drain cover at all times, to prevent clogging and buildup of organic material which is the favorite food of cockroaches.
Getting rid of cockroaches hiding spots with Rentokil
We understand that seeing roaches all of a sudden can be frustrating for every homeowner. Not only disgusting but cockroaches are known to spread a range of diseases that can be harmful to your family member.
They also know to breed quickly and to make matters worse cockroaches have a short life cycle. What does this mean to you? Cockroaches can spread around your home in a short period of time if left untreated. This is the reason why it’s important to enlist professional help to keep roaches away from the house.
At Rentokil, our highly trained and certified technicians can help you to:
- Identify cockroach species
- Cockroach hiding spots and access to get inside your house
- Properly eliminate your cockroach problem