Before answering the question of why cockroach populations explode during the summer months, let's look at what happens to cockroaches and insects in general when temperatures turn colder. When summer turns to fall, and winter approaches, it is very noticeable that the number of insects we see in and around our homes continues to decline. This is because insects are cold-blooded, they slow down when temperatures drop. Also, while many will die off, the ones that are hidden inside wall voids will simply slow down. Moreover, when they slow down, they do not multiply as quickly.
When temperatures warm up again, those cockroaches that have been laying low for the winter will suddenly go into high gear, searching for food sources and multiplying like crazy. Cockroaches are famous for loving warm, humid areas, so they will typically be found congregating in certain areas inside homes, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Also, when temperatures get too hot outside, they will find their way into buildings to escape the heat. Whether roaches are coming inside to escape the cold or the scorching heat, once they are inside, they will multiply and grow their populations and be extremely difficult to completely eradicate without professional help.
What Are Some Warning Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation?
Are You Attracting Cockroaches To Your Home?
There are several things about a home that can make it more attractive to cockroaches. First, we will look at outside attractants. One thing is clutter. A yard that is cluttered is more attractive to insect and animal pests alike. Clearing your yard of objects, leaf piles, and other items will help in keeping pests at bay. Moisture is another thing that attracts roaches. All pests need a water source to survive. If you have clogged gutters, areas of firm ground that collects rainwater, or any other spot where water collects, cockroaches will love you for it. Another attractant is food sources. Roaches will eat just about anything, and if you have pet food outside, leftover barbecue foods, or vegetable gardens and fruit trees, cockroaches will be drawn into your yard.
If you would like to avoid cockroaches getting into your home, there are several steps you can take. Removing clutter, removing water sources, and eliminating food sources are just a few. However, the number one, most effective thing you can do to avoid having roaches invade is to partner with a professional pest control company. If you need assistance with cockroaches or any other household pest, reach out to Critter Busters today. We will be more than happy to assist you.