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What Are Red Roaches and What Are They Attracted To?

June 15, 2023

Finding red roaches in your Georgia home? Read how to get rid of them

Have you ever gotten out of bed in the middle of the night and felt a crunch under your foot as you walked? How many times have you turned on a light and spotted a brown blur of something scurrying under a piece of furniture? Cockroaches are never a welcome sight in your house, and they seem to have the worst possible timing when they do eventually make an appearance.

If you've stumbled across more red roaches in your Georgia home than you care to think about, take a moment to read why you might have cockroaches in your house and learn how to get rid of them—FAST!

red roach on wood floor

Why cockroaches come in your house

Cockroaches are just like any other living thing: they need food and water to survive. They also prefer warmer temperatures, which is why you don't find as many cockroaches in your house during the colder months of the year. Your house also provides protection against any predators that may be lurking outdoors.

If you've noticed red roaches in your house, these are American cockroaches. They are fairly large and have wings but aren't able to fly very well. Their wings are capable of gliding them from tree branches to roofs, which means you can spot these cockroaches on upper levels of your home, too.

How to get rid of cockroaches in your house

First, eliminate all sources of food. Clean your countertops and cooktop thoroughly after each meal, and properly store leftovers in air-tight or lidded containers. Keep your kitchen and pantry floors free of crumbs and spills, and make sure you aren't storing food in unsealed packaging on the floor. (Keeping these areas clean will also help with ant and rodent prevention!)

Don't allow trash to accumulate outside of a sealed trash can, and if possible, keep pet food from sitting out for extended periods of time. If you use cardboard storage boxes in your attic or basement, replace them with plastic storage bins. Cardboard is a common food source for cockroaches, which can lead to damage of any items being stored. Cockroaches will settle for eating organic matter when human food is not readily available, so keep your house's gutters clear of any leaves or twigs, and keep your lawn free of leaves or grass clippings.

Second, eliminate as many sources of water as possible. If you have a dripping faucet or a leaking pipe, fix the problem as soon as possible so that water does not have a chance to pool and attract insects like cockroaches and silverfish. You can squeegee your shower after every use to keep excess water to a minimum, and make sure to always run your bathroom vent fan during and after every shower. Hang up towels to ensure that they don't stay damp and act like a cockroach magnet.

If your cockroach problem gets out of hand despite your preventative measures, give BREDA a call. Our pest control technicians can quickly and thoroughly identify the source of your cockroach infestation and will use a treatment plan that is safe for any children and pets in your home. If you notice cockroaches again within 90 days of treatment, we will return and retreat your home for FREE. That's the BREDA Guarantee!

If you're tired of wondering what the pests in or around your home are doing and just want them gone, don't hesitate to give us a call. The BREDA Guarantee promises to protect your home and keep it protected—no matter the circumstances. Schedule an inspection online or give us a call at 770-466-6700.