There are about 4000-5000 cockroach species all around the world and according to an article from Wikipedia, the earliest roach fossils are from 320 million years ago. Yes, you read it right, three hundred and twenty million years! And for all those years these creatures made thousands of people to search the answer of where do roaches come from.
Although the above mentioned thousands of roach types can still be around, the most well known pests are German, American, Asian, Oriental, Australian and Smoky Brown roaches. I hope, you will never have the chance to meet any of these in your lifecycle, including the remaining thousands, too!
Having a look to the most roach infested cities in the United States according to the 2015 American Housing Survey results, it is really hard to believe that almost 40% percent of the surveyed houses are filthy enough to attract roaches.
Then why and where do roaches come from into our house? That’s a really good question!
Based on the above information that they have been around for millions of years, looks like cockroaches are well experienced to build their nests and have achieved a great success in re-production.
But the fact for the cockroach species that are associated with the human habitat is a little different. Actually, we are the ones that are helping them to thrive, specially for the indoor types like German roaches.
Let me explain how we, as humans, support these invaders.
Where Do Roaches Come From?
You have a clean home, no dishes around, no trashes left open, floors regularly vacuumed and wiped. But all of a sudden you start seeing roaches walking on your countertop. So, what happened and what made them come into your house?
Actually, it is YOU!
Generally speaking of where do roaches come from, cockroaches come into our houses from the produce we buy or from a box or package that you brought to your house.
Think about when was the last time you had a box delivered from a warehouse to your home? Did you open the box outside or you opened the box right away and left it at the corner inside the house with the excitement of your new delivery?
Not all, but most cockroaches hide in boxes or storage stuff. Specially, places like warehouses are a great source for roaches to hide and nest. Having a box with a roach egg delivered to your house may be the reason of why you are reading this blog.
Another answer to the where do roaches come from is any leak in the sewage or water pipes that may highly attract them. Once they find a good source for their habitat, like warm and humid condition, then they’ll find a way to invade your kitchen no matter how clean it is!
How To Prevent Roaches Come Into My House?
As an outcome of the above possible ways that roaches can find you, you can take some preventative steps to eliminate any future roach infestation:
- Check your piping system regularly with the help of a Moisture Meter.
- Open any box or storage item outside the house.
- Have a look at the produce you buy from groceries.
- Any packaged stuff, from rice to sugar, may have roach eggs attached to them. Have a quick look before placing them to your cabinets.
- If you ever buy a second hand appliance from a garage sale, like refrigerator or washer/dryer, carefully inspect it before bringing home. They provide perfect locations for roaches to hide.
- Never give up keeping your house clean and tidy!
Final words.. not being roach infested does not mean that will never going to happen in the future!