Mistakes New Jersey Homeowners Make That Attract American Cockroaches

If we were to say, you shouldn't pour a bag of chips on the ground in your backyard because it will attract cockroaches, you would probably agree with us. Chips are an obvious food source for pests, right? The truth is that cockroaches eat a lot of things you wouldn't consider to be food. One of the mistakes New Jersey homeowners makes that attracts American cockroaches is they believe those insects eat what people eat.

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You may be surprised to learn about some of the things cockroaches eat:

  • Cockroaches eat rotting organic matter from animals and plants. If you have exposed trash or a dead rodent in your yard, these insects are going to love your yard.
  • They feed on the dung of animals. If you have a dog that spends time in an outside area, you're probably going to have a food source for cockroaches littered around your yard.
  • To a cockroach, a cigarette isn't something you smoke, it is a tasty plant burrito.

Cockroaches will also feed on a bar of soap, hair on a brush, clothing on the ground, glue from the back of wallpaper, dry skin that is mixed in with other dust particles, and so much more. So don't make the mistake of thinking you can prevent American cockroaches from coming into your yard by keeping your 'human' food contained.

Another mistake New Jersey homeowners make that attracts American cockroaches is not attending to moisture issues as quickly as they should. A damp foundation perimeter is a perfect environment for a wide range of pests, including cockroaches. If you have a broken gutter system that is allowing rainwater to collect on your roof and run straight down to the ground next to your home, the soil for your plants will be saturated, bacteria will be abundant, and cockroaches will be in paradise. Keep your gutters in good repair and clear out obstructions to prevent dampness near your home.

There are a lot of things people don't know about American cockroaches that help them to survive and thrive. One internet tip for cockroach prevention that can actually help is to invest in professional pest control from a licensed and experienced pest control provider. These are resilient, resourceful, and highly adaptive insects that are difficult to control if you don't know what you're doing. And when your cockroach-control efforts fall short, everyone in your home will continue to be at risk of contracting the many illnesses that are spread by cockroaches.

Are you dealing with cockroaches around or inside your New Jersey home? We can help you solve the problem. Contact Arrow Pest Control for a consultation today! We're here to help.

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