What Do Roaches Eat?

Roaches are not known to be picky eaters. In fact, they can survive in nearly any habitat and location on earth and will be content with whatever food is available. It’s no wonder then that roaches are one of the most common pests around.


Roaches are omnivores, which means that they will eat both meat and plant materials. When given the choice, roaches like to eat sweets, meats, and starches. These include many of the same foods that humans eat. Roaches are also scavengers that will consume any organic source available including things like hair, paper, dead and decaying insects or wood, and even sewage.

Roaches can live for a long time with little or no food. They have been known to go several months without food, depending on the temperature and humidity levels. This means that it is not worthwhile to try to starve them out as your only form of roach control. They can only live a couple of days to weeks without water though.

Roaches are most often found in moist locations, with kitchens, bathrooms, and basements as likely roach hiding spots. If you want to keep cockroaches out of your home, you need to make sure that you are not supplying them with lots of food and water. To do this, you should:

  • Keep sugary foods in tightly sealed containers
  • Clean up food prep areas
  • Sweep and vacuum regularly to get rid of crumbs
  • Take out the rubbish daily
  • Fix any leaky pipes or faucets
  • Get a dehumidifier, if necessary

For help with roaches, you can trust Radar Pest Control. Our technicians pride themselves on being professional, friendly, and fast. Our goal is to keep your family safe and pest free. For Sunshine Coast pest control, contact Radar Pest Control today. 


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