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Anyone who has had cockroaches in their home will know that cockroaches are far more likely to be seen running away or lurking in unexpected places than to be spotted just hanging out in the open.
“If we consider what their role in nature is, it’s easy enough to understand why cockroaches like hiding in dark places and damp areas. In nature, they’d be hiding under leaf debris or under decaying tree stumps. They can’t defend themselves against predators, so they rely on concealment and forage under cover of darkness,” says Maddocks.
“Unfortunately, we inadvertently create perfect cockroach habitats in our homes. There’s food, there’s moisture, and there are plenty of dark places to hide away. And in case you were wondering, just keeping your home spotless isn’t enough. They’ll eat things we wouldn’t consider as being food, too.”