Hide and Go Seek, Cockroach Style
There are many reasons why cockroaches can cause your skin to crawl. Not only can cockroaches run up to three miles per hour, but they can also survive without food or water for months. Their adaptability and ability to reproduce make them an incredibly difficult pest to manage.
Additionally, cockroaches are masters at finding hiding spots, which can make it harder to identify an infestation. Luckily, at Hulett Environmental Services, we have tips and tricks, as well as comprehensive pest control solutions, to help minimize hiding spots for cockroaches around your home or business.
Common Hiding Spots for Cockroaches
Being aware of common hiding spots for cockroaches can help prevent infestation. Cockroaches prefer dark areas and are often found near baseboards and trim, behind kitchen appliances, in pipes and plumbing, under furniture, and more. We’ll go over areas to keep an eye on if you suspect cockroach infestation.
In particular, kitchen appliances, such as microwaves, refrigerators, and ovens are typical places for cockroaches to hide in the kitchen. Warmth, moisture, and a great place to grab a bite of leftover food make your kitchen appliances highly sought after in cockroach real estate preferences.
With the ability to flatten themselves and slide through the tiniest crevices, cockroaches can find spilled food and crumbs in your kitchen cabinets easily. Dark, undisturbed cupboards, such as a dried-food pantry offer cockroach retreats from the hustle and bustle of the more active areas of your kitchen. After all, food and moisture aren’t that far away anywhere in kitchens. How about the sink? Food scraps left on dishes and lingering in sinks make excellent finds, along with a water source, as well.
Sofas, couches, and other upholstered furniture you tend to sit on when playing games, streaming your favorite shows, and snacking, all make ideal places for cockroaches to set up. With plenty of food between the cushions near warm, dark crevices, cockroaches can lay eggs and concentrate on multiplying. Other crevices and cracks in your home’s walls can also provide nesting and egg-laying spaces for cockroaches.
Pipes and plumbing
Situated in dark, out-of-the-way places such as under sinks and in basements, pipes and faucets are cockroach gold. Cracks and leaks around your plumbing leading outdoors? Bingo! Superb cockroach habitat and hideout near water and warmth.
Because they can, given their ability to hang upside down on ceilings and scurry off when approached by humans, cockroaches can often be found chilling on ceilings in dark areas of your home. Cracks and crevices in your foundation can offer cockroaches plenty of escape routes when the lights come on and they can just drop and head towards the exits.
Clutter and Boxes
Many people have designated rooms in their homes for storing spare household items. While it might seem nice to stack your storage bins together and place them in a corner, that could create a hideout for pests such as cockroaches. One of the biggest keys to minimizing cockroach infestation is removing any clutter or boxes. If cockroaches don’t have anywhere to hide, they won’t stick around.
This one might surprise you, but even your laptop, desktop computer, or your gaming console can provide cozy places for cockroaches to nest. Eating or snacking over your laptop can be a big draw for cockroaches; these bugs can crawl between the keys to find the treats you leave for them. You may as well hang a sign that says, “Free food and lodging, just ahead.”
Get Rid of Cockroaches in Your Home or Business with Hulett
Don’t let cockroaches take over your space, call the pest control experts at Hulett. We provide sustainable pest control solutions to remove pests quickly and safely from your property and prevent them from returning. After a free initial inspection, our team will put together a customized treatment plan to treat current infestations on your property.
We then offer regular service treatments, allowing you to have peace of mind that your home or business will stay pest-free. Schedule your free inspection today by giving us a call or filling out our online form!