What Do Cockroaches Eat and What Attracts Them Into Your House?

Cockroaches are both omnivores and scavengers. They will eat quite literally anything. Dead skin cells, garbage, feces, and other means of disgustingness are their ideal food source. With such a wide diet range, how could you ever hope to keep these nasty creatures out of your home? Fortunately, identifying a cockroach’s diet and understanding what attracts them to your home will help you keep these pests at bay.

What Do Cockroaches Eat?

Preferred Diet

Although roaches will eat anything, they do have specific preferences that they enjoy most of all. Keep in mind, however, that roaches can live months without food and they can survive weeks without water. Decaying food is perhaps the number one choice for just about any roach species. However, they also prefer grease, sugar, starch, cheese, and meat.

Preferred Attractions

Your home contains almost everything a roach considers ideal, no matter how clean you keep it. Roaches seek out warmth, moisture, food, and a place that will provide them with shelter. Of course, if you do not keep a tidy home, it is even more of an allure. Although roaches prove to be a year-round issue, they do not typically prefer the cold. Therefore, dropping the temperature in your home may act as somewhat of a deterrent.

You should also be sure to keep your home as clean as possible. Remove trash as soon as the bin fills. Do not leave trash bins full of trash near your home. Instead, move them out to the curb immediately. If you keep trash near your home, it can attract roaches, who will then take up residence in your space.

Make sure you decrease their food and water source by cleaning your dishes immediately after every meal. Even one dirty plate left in the sink can provide a hefty meal for a cockroach. Use a towel to dry the area around the sink after you wash dishes to remove any attractive moisture. Also, clean up counters and the stove after you are done cooking. Any traces of food or grease may act as a magnet when it comes to hungry roaches.

If despite your best efforts you spot signs of a roach infestation in your home, you will need to contact a professional exterminator Toronto. Whatever you do, do not rely on any DIY methods for a roach infestation as most don’t work.

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Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.