How Do Cockroaches Get in the House or Apartment?

Cockroaches are common pests found all over the world. The species is an ancient one, surviving from 320 million years. They can survive a wide range of extreme temperatures and harsh conditions. Blocked dirty drains and unorganized garbage dumps offer ideal conditions for them to thrive. Edmonton Exterminators Ltd. can help you with safe and effective cockroach control solutions for your home and commercial businesses.


Getting rid of cockroaches should be a priority as they spread filth, and also ruin food and fabrics. They feed on partially decomposed food and feces droppings here and there. They leave secretions from their mouths and gland-openings which have a terrible smell. They keep moving from drains, gardens, or sewers to homes and kitchens.

They carry disease-causing germs and suspected carriers of organisms which cause:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Plague
  • Cholera
  • Leprosy
  • Typhoid

They may also carry eggs of parasitic worms which cause allergies and swelling of the eyelids.

Where Do Cockroaches Come From?
They can move in batches from one place to the other by crawling or flying. Sometimes, they can move into your house through bags of foodstuffs from an infested area. Cockroaches are commonly found in swarms and prefer humid, warm, and dark areas. The corners and hidden places in your bathrooms, kitchens, or storerooms generally provide ideal conditions. They can also hide in the cracks or crevices in walls, doorframes, and furniture. They are nocturnal. You may find them running away from dishes and kitchen countertops towards shelter when you switch on the kitchen lights. They feed on all types of food with a preference for sugary and starchy substances.

They can also enter your home through the plumbing. Traveling through the pipes and common walls, they enter your home through the holes around the pipes. You can prevent it by sealing the gaps around the pipes, doors, windows and underneath crawlspace. Use screens outside drainage and sewer vents.


Pest Control for Cockroaches
Your first step should be to stop leaving food items or grease on your kitchen countertops or in dustbins. Next, get hold of sticky traps, roach baits, and boric acid. Place the traps near dustbins, storerooms, and drainage areas. Dust the boric acid powder in cracks, under sinks and behind appliances or cabinets. You can use baits in gel form in tricky areas to lure the insects.

You can use some other products for cockroach control like:

  • Desiccants – These chemicals dry out the pests to kill them.
  • Insect growth regulators – Such chemicals inhibit growth and reproduction.
  • Ready-to-use sprays – Bottled sprays are available in markets which poison and kill the insects instantly.
  • Aerosols – These work as contact repellents.
  • Foggers – Fogging releases a mist of pesticide in the air.

Remember to wear protective masks, gloves and breathing masks to protect you from the harmful effects of the pesticides. When the infestation is huge, you will need the help of professionals.

Contact our professional exterminators for cockroach treatment in your home, office, or business. We offer a confidential service with an inspection report and a written warranty. Head over to our other blog to learn how weather affects insect invasions.