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Where Do Cockroaches Live in Your House?



We can often find cockroaches crawling around our homes, but have you ever stopped to wonder where these crawling insects actually live?

Cockroach habitat: where do cockroach live in your house?

There are many places that cockroaches may choose to live in your house. It can be quite tricky and hard to identify, because each species have their own living spot preferences.

Additionally, there are currently over 3,000 different species of cockroaches in the world which make even harder to spot cockroach living places.

The 3 main species of cockroaches which can be found in our Indonesian homes are:

  • American cockroach (Periplaneta Americana)
  • German cockroach (Blatella germanica)
  • Brown banded cockroach (Supella longipalpa)

Let’s explore where each of these species of cockroaches like to live.

Where does the American cockroach live?

American cockroaches are considered peridomestic - meaning they can live both indoors and outdoors. Talking about living preferences, this cockroach species are preferer live outdoors in a humid environment and widely found around harbouring in and around drains, sewer systems, garbage bins, trees and wood piles.

However, it does not rule out the possibility to see American cockroach wander inside home when they experience a food shortage outdoors. In these instances, they will often live in damp areas such as garages, bathrooms and kitchens.

Where does the German cockroach live?

German cockroaches prefer to live indoor where humans live. The German cockroach is a widely known as urban pest and consider as one of the formidable enemies for many households in Indonesia.

The majority of the German cockroach population will live in areas which are warm and humid -  where it also close to food and water sources, such as a kitchen or a bathroom.

Even so, it isn’t uncommon to find German cockroaches move to other locations in your house especially when the population gets bigger!

Where does the brown banded cockroach live?

Similar but not the same, brown banded cockroach is often mistaken with the German cockroach, but its habits are different.

Brown banded cockroach are prefer warm and dry areas to live, such as cabinets, electronic equipment or around refrigerator motor parts. In ideal temperature conditions (30°c), the adult brown banded cockroach may lives 90 – 115 days.

How to keep roaches away out of your house?

  1. Store dry foods in tightly sealed containers or in sealed plastic bags and do not leave food sitting out in open space
  2. Clean up food debris from food preparation areas, under sinks and appliances.
  3. Empty the rubbish on a daily basis and keep all waste in covered bins.
  4. Seal areas such as gaps around door, pipes and cracks to reduce cockroaches hiding place and access into your property.

If you need assistance in removing cockroaches from your home, get in touch with the experts at Rentokil today for advice. We are here to help!