How come there are cockroaches in my kitchen even though I regularly clean my house? Why are there small cockroaches in the kitchen? What is the best cockroach control solution? Read this guide.
Why are there so many tiny cockroaches in my kitchen?
If you find baby cockroaches in your kitchen, they’re most likely german cockroaches, the most common type of cockroach species in Australia.
On average, each female cockroach can lay 130 to 160 eggs in a span of 10 months. German cockroaches can produce up to 3,000 baby cockroaches per year.
Top reasons there are cockroaches in your kitchen
Finding cockroaches in your kitchen does not necessarily mean your house is dirty. You need to acknowledge that cockroaches are highly adaptable creatures that can find water and food sources almost anywhere. In addition, cockroaches are omnivorous and eat almost anything. Because of this, cockroaches can thrive in almost any environments.
Cockroaches can enter your house in various ways:
Cockroaches can hitch a ride on containers that you bring in from an infested area.
Cockroaches get in through small holes in the building.
These may include:
- The space between doors and surfaces
- Window screens
- The space between the air conditioner and window
You may be unknowingly attracting cockroaches into your house.
It’s best not to forget the ff.:
- Crumbs under the oven
- Leftover food
- Not regularly cleaned trash cans.
What are the risks associated with baby cockroaches?
It is a virus carrier.
Baby cockroaches carry pathogens and bacterium from different regions onto food or surfaces used to prepare food such as cutting boards and kitchen countertops.
It causes allergies and asthma attacks.
Baby cockroaches can cause allergic reactions as they leave waste and moult indoors. Imagine having a bunch of baby cockroaches in your kitchen, leaving their shells everywhere, isn’t it disgusting?
It damages furniture in your kitchen.
While most of the time cockroaches eat organic food, they can also eat household items such as books and furniture.
How can you get rid of cockroaches in your kitchen?
Prevention and monitoring are crucial to avoid cockroaches getting into your house. Although they are good at hiding, and it is tough to kill them, you can take steps to limit their activities.
- Seal all the cracks and holes.
- Prevent leaving out leftover food.
- Repair holes and damages in your plumbing.
- Remember to always close your doors and windows.
- Pay attention to some signs of cockroaches such as eggs, droppings, shed skins, and so forth.
IPM – Professional Cockroach Exterminators
You can hire professionals who are trained in applying the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for best results. IPM is a method used by cockroach exterminators to stop infestations without using hazardous chemicals.