Finding a cockroach in your bathtub, sink, shower drain, plumbing lines, often leaves you with tons of questions.

Did the cockroach come from the sink? Are more going to come? Are the pests coming through my home via the drains?

German CockRoach in Sacramento, California 

While the answers to these questions vary, cockroaches that you find around drains did NOT actually come from the drain. Instead, it serves as an hiding spot for these troublesome pests.

So where are the cockroaches coming from? How do I remove them?

Cockroaches usually flock around places that are dark and very high in moisture. These pests are reclusive, so they prefer to move about and remain undetected. Therefore, they are only active at night when they can creep silently throughout the house. Usually, this can make it extremely difficult for people to understand that they have a TRUE cockroach infestation.

Important note: While cockroaches spread disease to homes that they infest, this is not what attracts them initially. Clean and newly built homes can be susceptible to cockroach infestation even if you practice good sanitation. That said, cockroaches are attracted to moisture (drains, bathtubs, sinks, etc) and food sources in and around homes, so keeping living areas clean will help reduce your chances of an infestation.

Cockroaches are commonly found in basements and crawlspaces, because these areas are high in moisture and secluded from light. However, since they often explore throughout the home at night, it’s common for these bugs to find their way into kitchens, pantries, and restrooms.

While knowing that these pests probably aren’t coming directly from the drains, you still DO NOT want them in your home. Cockroaches are EXTREMELY difficult to control and removing them from your home can be a tough job.

Typically, removal often requires a combination of insecticide repellant and/or bait.

You will want to start by dealing with any accessible food that might be attracting pests. Even the smallest crumbs can provide a meal that keeps cockroaches alive for a LONG PERIOD of time. Leftover remains of food on dishes, can also attract pests if not regularly washed and put away.

Another key area to control is moisture. Any leaks or spills should be dealt with immediately and any leaky drains or faucets should be repaired. If your home has water damage, you should repair it quickly and monitor the area for signs of pest activity.

If you are concerned about cockroach or other pest activity in your home, you should call in a licensed pest control professional to inspect and treat your home. A trained technician can help you to identify problem areas and signs of pest activity that may be hard to spot. Further, they can construct a comprehensive treatment plan to eradicate pests and protect your home against future infestation.

If you are a homeowner in the Sacramento County area in need of pest solutions, Master Pest Control is your ideal choice! We have years of experience dealing with insect and wildlife pests of all kinds.

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