Roaches usually can be found hiding in areas where there is ample food and moisture such as kitchens and other food areas. Cockroaches are scavengers that eat all kinds of materials including paper, clothing, dead animals and plants. They adapt to live in almost any environment.
Proper sanitation, both indoors and outdoors, effectively limits cockroach populations. Do not leave unwashed dishes, kitchen utensils and uncovered food out overnight. Clean up all spilled liquids. Areas beneath and behind cabinets, furniture, sinks, stoves and refrigerators should be cleaned often, as should cupboards, pantry shelves, and storage bins where particles of food frequently accumulate. Kitchen waste and excess refuse should be kept in cockroach proof containers and disposed as frequently as possible. Dry pet food should be stored in tight containers away from the kitchen and other foods. If pets are fed indoors, left-over foods should not be allowed to remain in the feeding dish overnight. Outdoors, garbage cans, racks, platforms or slabs should be cleaned regularly.
Eliminate hiding places:
Paper, cardboard, lumber, firewood and other debris next to the home, provide excellent refuge for several cockroach species. Keep yard trash and stacks of firewood away from the home or garage to minimize the chance of cockroach invasion.
- Roaches can live up to 20 days without food and 14 days without water.
- Roaches can flatten their bodies and crawl through a crack thinner than a dime.
- Roaches will eat anything, including food, leather, hair, and the glue in book bindings.
- Roaches can live off the residue in your toothbrush.
- Roaches can be implicated in the spread of tuberculosis, leprosy, cholera, dysentery and typhoid.
- Roaches are startled by the smallest of air movements and can run for cover in less than .05 seconds.
- Cockroaches can transmit a wide variety of diseases and cause common allergic reactions previously thought of to be caused by dust.
- The average roach-infested household contains more than 20,000 roaches.
- In extreme cases, roaches will feed off people.
- Roaches can live up to a week without their heads.