Some roach species are known to transmit disease-causing organisms, and are frequently implicated in the transmission of Salmonella, typically the causal agent of gastrointestinal disorder. German cockroaches also trigger respiratory system issues to people sensitive to the irritants they produce.

The majority of cockroaches are tropical or sub-tropical in origin and normally live outdoors. Some species have adapted well to living indoors with people. It is true that they thrive in clutter, filth and gunk, occasionally cockroaches infest even the most hygienic and well-organized houses and buildings.

Roaches are typically brought inside homes in infested food items, particularly dried pet foods and in seasoned fire wood. They also enter around loose-fitting windows and doors, where electrical lines or water and steam pipes go through wall surfaces.

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If a home or building is unoccupied and sinks are not used, enabling the P-trap to dry up will enable cockroaches gain access however they will not come through the sewage system lines otherwise. Roaches will eat any type of unprotected kitchen products contaminating food with waste matter and salivary secretions. Some will also consume materials such as leather, wallpaper paste and bookbinding.


  1. Proper cleanliness, both indoors and outdoors, effectively limits roach food sources. Do not leave unwashed dishes, kitchen silverwares and uncovered food out overnight. Clean all spilled over liquids. Locations below and behind closets, furnishings, sinks, ranges and fridges need to be cleaned up regularly, as should cabinets, pantry racks and storage bins where fragments of food often build up. Kitchen waste and excess refuse should be kept in cockroach-proof containers, and disposed of as frequently as possible. Dry pet food should be kept in tight containers far from the kitchen and other foods. If family pets are fed indoors, leftover foods need to not be left to stay in the feeding dish overnight. Trash bin should be cleaned frequently, in and out.
  2. Remove all possible hiding places such as paper, lumber, fire wood and yard trash.
  3. Seal any type of cracks of 1/8-inch or larger in the foundation and exterior wall surfaces. Inspect the seal around air conditioning units, windows, doors, pipelines or other openings into the residence. Repair cracks and openings in floors, walls and ceilings. Seal openings around plumbing fixtures, heater flues, electric outlets, windowsills and walls, and along baseboards and ceiling moldings. Thresholds on doors should be as tight as possible and cracks in verandas and stoops need to be sealed.
  4. Leaking water faucets and pipelines need to be repaired because a lot of species are drawn in to water sources.
  5. Avoid installing lights right over doorways, or change out light bulbs with yellow colored bulbs that are less appealing to bugs.

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