Skip to main content


Technician working in kitchen

It likes tight spaces where its belly and back are touching something hard at the same time. That would probably drive you crazy. Cockroaches eat toothpaste. You spit toothpaste out. A cockroach can live a week without its head. Well, you get the picture. It can be hard to relate to how cockroaches think. So, here is a quick list of things cockroaches like. Hopefully, it will give you some insight into how you can protect your home.

Cockroaches like…

  • Yards that are overgrown and full of weeds.
  • The smell of trash.
  • The taste of trash.
  • Everything about trash.
  • The taste of freshly fallen bird seed.
  • Puddles.
  • Moist soil.
  • A nice tight fit between some firewood or construction material.
  • A hole to explore.
  • Gaps around pipes, wiring, outlets, window frames, and air conditioning.
  • Holes in door and window screens.
  • Damaged weather stripping.
  • Squeezing under doors that don't have door sweeps.
  • Eating cardboard.
  • Finding a damp basement on the other side of a cement crack.
  • Nibbling on food in a pest dish, especially at two in the morning.
  • Crunching on toast crumbs in a rug.
  • Crunching on toast crumbs around a toaster.
  • Generally crunching on toast crumbs anywhere toast crumbs can be found.
  • Exploring a pile of dishes next to a sink.
  • Eating leftover ketchup, mayonnaise, pickle juice, peanut butter, jelly, butter--or pretty much anything organic--off of stacked dishes.
  • Feasting on a pear, peach, apple, plum or other fruit that has been left on the counter or the kitchen table.
  • Nibbling on sugar and other food particles sprinkled on pantry shelves and counters.
  • Chewing through paper and cardboard food containers. They love eating those paper products almost as much as the food inside.
  • Eating year-old grime that has dripped down the side of the stove.
  • Squeezing into every tight space they can find.
  • Crawling through trash and on silverware and dishes.
  • Perching on toothbrushes.
  • (You might want to turn away for this one) Sucking on moisture in the open mouth of a sleeping human.

If you want fewer roaches in your home, you need to make sure they don't find the things they like when they come to explore your property. Seal exterior walls, keep food sources contained, keep things clean and keep things dry. Be aware, though, that these measures aren't always enough to fully exclude roaches. If you continue to get roaches in your home, call a professional pest control company that has the experience to keep these pests out. In Pennsylvania, the right choice is Witt. We've been protecting homes from pests like cockroaches since 1908. We have the most experience and the most advanced technologies to get the job done right the first time. Drop us a line.

Are you in need of expert care? 

Contact Us Today!