Why Are There So Many Cockroaches In My Home
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Written by Peter Muller

Cockroaches and Cairns Pest Control measures

Cockroaches prefer warm and humid environments, which is why they congregate in kitchens and bathrooms.

In order to eliminate cockroaches in the home, first pay some attention to the outer perimeter and seal any cracks where they have been able enter. Next, make sure there are no leaks in sinks or taps that could cause water to create a breeding ground for these invasive pests. Finally, inspect your gutters so there is no water available to house more cockroaches.




With so many factors affecting the behavior of cockroaches, there is no easy answer to why they like certain environments more than others. Cockroaches seek three things in life: food, water, and shelter. As a result, the suburban home provides the perfect setting for a cockroach pest infestation. However, there are a few simple pest control measures you can take to help reduce the likelihood of constant roach invasions.

Please make sure your kitchen and bathroom are regularly maintained. In many cases, the causes of a cockroach infestation are standing water, moisture, or food sources.



Empty the dish rack and put away all pet and pet bowls food after feeding time. Keep your food stored in appropriate containers.



Although cockroaches can go for very long periods without food, they cannot live for a long period without water. When cockroaches are able to find a source of water in your home, they’re likely taking refuge from dry conditions.


Warm Envorinment

Roaches are attracted to warmer conditions. The tropical environment in Cairns provides perfect conditions for most of the year.

What do cockroaches typically react to?

Diffusing essential oils has a number of benefits for humans, including relaxation after a long day. Some strong-smelling oils may also work to repel cockroaches and are a reasonable good pest control measure.

Eucalyptus oils have a bad smell for cockroaches so if you use this fragrance to your advantage at every chance possible, it should help diminish an infestation.

Around-the-home smells that many of us enjoy, such as citrus, peppermint, coffee and garlic are a deterrant for cockoaches. One drawback of scent-based cockroach repellents is that they are not universally effective against all species. Spraying or sprinkling natural repellents in unwanted areas is no match for hungry cockroaches. As a result, you may need to consider contacting a Cairns pest control specialist to remove those cockroaches for you.

Do cockroaches like cardboard boxes?

Loose cardboard is the perfect nesting ground for cockroaches and/or other pests that can use it to build their home, or conceal themselves from predators (like you).

Wet cardboard is a favorite food for cockroaches. It provides both moisture and nutrition that help them stay hydrated and well-fed. Cardboard that has begun to rot presents an easy meal, since it’s already close to being turned into compost.

To a roach, the smell of wet cardboard is as enticing as the aroma of roast dinner to many humans.


Make sure that you give yourself the best chance to get rid of cockroaches by following these steps, and remember to call your local Cairns pest control specialist if you are dealing with an infestation.

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