Cockroaches can live happily in extreme heat and extreme cold so weather is not a factor in attracting them into your home. But a dirty home is something a cockroach will be attracted to. Roaches require moisture and food, which is why they are most often spotted in the kitchen and bathroom. |
The female Germanica Cockroach, which is the most common pest in homes carries its egg capsule or ootheca, containing about 16 eggs under its abdomen, until the eggs are about to hatch. Then it is searching for a nice place to start its new family where there is plenty of food about. It will be particularly attracted to stored food products such as larders in any home. But also people who leave bits of food around everywhere and do not bother to sweep up, that will be just what the mother cockroach is looking for. Because she will deposit her egg capsule in a safe spot where there is food nearby. Her egg capsule is likely to be deposited in a dark damp nook or under floorboards in such dirty homes.
So if you do not bother to clean up under the table after eating or leave bits of food all over the carpet and kitchen floor or leave bits of food on floor in your bedroom, a female cockroach ready to deposit her eggs for hatching will find your home a perfect place to start her new family. Thereafter cockroaches will happily breed and multiply in that location. So the dirtier and more unhygienic you are, the more attractive will your home be to cockroaches to also live there. But it would be wrong to assume that people who are extremely clean and tidy will not necessarily have cockroaches breeding in their home too, particularly if previously established there.The best way to prevent a roach infestation is to keep a clean house, seal all food tightly in containers, and do dishes immediately after using.
Most cockroaches are tropical and sub-tropical in origin, generally live outdoors. They are mostly active at night, during which time they forage for food, water and mates. They may be seen in the daytime, particularly when a heavy population is present or when some other form of stress is placed on the population (such as lack of food or water). Cockroaches ordinarily prefer a moist environment, and many species also prefer a relatively high degree of warmth. Some tropical roaches feed only on vegetation. However, cockroaches which live in buildings are mostly scavengers and feed on a wide variety of food. They are especially fond of starches, sweets, grease, and meat products; but will also eat a great variety of materials such as cheese, beer, leather, bakery products, starch in book bindings, glue, hair, flakes of dried skin, dead animals and plant materials. Besides their ability to move around inside and outside, and the fact that some species are good fliers, cockroaches are well known for moving to new areas via "hitchhiking." Because they prefer to hide in cracks and crevices in the daytime, they are frequently moved about by individual people or in products shipped around cities or the country.
Careful inspection of furniture, clothing, or other goods coming into a home or other facility may reveal cockroaches hiding in these items. Careful observations by pest management professionals and researchers have shown surprising numbers of German cockroaches entering such facilities as hospitals, restaurants, zoos and supermarkets by these routes (every day in some cases).
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