Getting Rid Of Cockroaches – What Do They Eat?

Is your home infested with cockroaches? They probably like the food you serve (and a bunch of other tasty treats around your house that cockroaches eat as well.) You would not be the first person in human history to have a group of cockroaches living with you. As a matter of fact, it is likely that cockroaches have lived with humans as long as there have been humans.

Cockroaches like warm humid environments with plenty of food and water. This just so happens to be same conditions of the average human home. So, it’s no surprise that they move in when they get the chance.

One element of an integrated cockroach eradication plan is to cut off there food supply, which begs the question…

What Do Cockroaches Eat?

Here is a short list of some of the most common household items that a cockroach will eat.

  • Kitchen Crumbs, Grease, etc. – this one is obvious
  • Paper
  • Human Dander
  • Glue – in book bindings, shelf paper backing, etc.
  • Other Roaches – the weak don’t make it!
  • Much, much more…

Keeping a clean home is important. Your kitchen should never be left with dirty dishes or crumbs on the counter. Place your food inside sealed bags and plastic containers. Make sure and regularly clean under the stove and refrigerator. Vacuum and dust frequently to control dust and dander from humans and pets. Promptly dispose of newspapers, boxes, and bags.

Cockroaches really are not picky eaters and you will be hard pressed to eliminate all of the potential food sources that exist in your home. And, they can live for months without food (but only a short time without water!) That is why it is vital to have an integrated solution to eradicating your cockroach infestation and keeping them from ever returning.

Cockroaches often enter your home on the clothing of people with infestations in their own homes, as well as in boxes and bags. So, dispose of boxes from delivers quickly and do not let these items build up in your home.

Cut of access to your home, easy food and water sources, and nesting places and you will be well on your way to permanently eradicating cockroach infestations from your home.