No one wants to see cockroaches. Ever. Many people assume that their presence is an indication of unsanitary conditions however, this is not always the case. It’s true that bits of food, grease, and other substances left on surfaces can attract roaches looking for food. But these unsightly pests also invade spotless environments when looking for food, water, and shelter. Let’s explore the reasons cockroaches can and do find their way into perfectly clean spaces.

The Adaptable Cockroach

Roaches can adapt to nearly any environment, which means they can live in near immaculate conditions. Cockroaches can survive on soap, water droplets, paint, the scantest trace of crumbs, and other substances typically found in clean houses.


The landscaping near your home may be providing a hospitable environment for cockroaches and other pests. Certain plants and pine bark/straw mulches attract roaches, and if they are near the perimeter of your home, this can eventually allow them entry. Consider using cedar much, which repels insects, or another type of mulch that does not attract roaches.


Stacks of firewood often harbor insects, and roaches hiding in the woodpile may enter a home through cracks in the foundation, walls, windowsills, and so forth. Firewood should be stored away from the home, and any wood you bring inside should be used immediately.

Moisture Attracts Roaches

Humid environments are the ideal spot for many pests, including cockroaches. Be sure to repair leaks promptly and consider using a dehumidifier.

Removing Cockroaches

Following the above guidelines will make your environment less attractive to cockroaches, but it still may not be enough.   To make your home a roach-free zone, try one of SafeHaven Pest Control’s preventative solutions to rid your home of unwanted invaders. Call (214) 340-6969 for more information on our bundled pest control services.