6 Non-Food Items that Attract Cockroaches to Your Home

Getting Rid of Roaches

Struggling with cockroach problems at home? Well, prevention is the most effective way of eliminating roaches. Here is a list of non-food items that could be attracting roaches.

What Attracts Cockroaches

1. Standing Water
Cockroaches can survive without food for a long period of time but not without water. Look around your home, specifically the kitchen and bathroom, and eliminate any standing water caused by leaking faucets and pipes.

2. Over-watered Plants
Moist soil may attract cockroaches to your potted plants. Observe your plant watering habits and make sure you aren’t over-watering the container. You can tell by the amount of water that drains out to the plant container tray.

3. Cardboard Boxes & Paper
Cockroaches will eat almost everything, including cardboard boxes. The boxes may also provide a great hiding place for the roaches. Stop your hoarding habits and get rid of any unused cardboard boxes and newspaper at home.

Dehumidifier Roaches

4. Debris Under Appliances
A lot of people tend to neglect their home appliances when it comes to cleaning chores. Don’t forget to vacuum and clean the areas underneath appliances like ovens, refrigerators, microwaves, and kitchen stoves.

5. High Humidity
In addition to moisture, cockroaches prefer dark, humid environments. Use a dehumidifier to get rid of excess moisture in the air. Dehumidifiers can also get rid of airborne allergens. Make sure you also turn on the bathroom exhaust fan while you take a shower.

6. Cat & Dog Litter
Have a pet at home? Make sure you clean the pet litter boxes on a regular basis. Cockroaches aren’t just attracted to food. They are attracted to poop as well.

As you can see, there are many other things other than food that can attract cockroaches to your home. Start combing through your home and get rid of all of the above items.