What Do Cockroaches Eat?
They're the stuff of nightmares. Waking up in the middle of the night you might venture to your kitchen and flick on the light only to find scrambling black shadows fleeing everywhere, from your counters and walls to your floors. Cockroaches are not like having a cougar in your house - they're not going to attack you in your sleep. However, besides their inherent creepy factor, they do pose a threat in that they can carry microbes that may cause allergic reactions in humans, as well as an offensive odor. They're in your home eating your food, and they love it. Now, why you need to and how you can barricade your castle against their impending invasion.
Study Your Enemy
Cockroaches are often referred to as beetle-like insects with long legs and antennae that feed themselves purely through scavenging. Four of their main species are well-known pests for humans and their homes. Roaches have been known to have the ability to live up to three months without food and a couple of weeks without water and are resilient enough to survive freezing temperatures. Needless to say, prevention is preferable to killing cockroaches when it comes to these tough warriors.
These insects are not picky. They'll eat just about anything they can get their legs on, but they do have a few foods they love to eat.
- Decaying Matter
- Other insects
You can see how, with a list like that, your home might be a prime foraging adventure for a cockroach.
Minimize Your Appeal
To keep yourself off of the list of cockroach house-favorites, here are a few tips and tricks to keeping your home an unappetizing home.
Keep your kitchen spotless. Don't think that you'll do the dishes later and it'll be alright. Get into the habit of doing the dishes as soon as you have dishes to do and scrubbing countertops every time you use them for cooking or cutting.
Vacuum more than you already do. Food crumbs and surprising amounts of decaying matter can collect on carpet surfaces. Vacuum often to keep these tasty morsels from reaching roach mouths.
Take out the trash often. Don't make it more tempting for a roach than it needs to be. Throw out trash frequently and use a can that seals well.
The preventative measures for keeping cockroaches a safe distance away can also make your home a bit cleaner than before. It's easy to develop cleaning habits that will help keep these unfortunate insects from wandering in and hanging around.