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Roaches in Florida

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Outdoor Cockroach

Let’s face it: we live in tropical Florida, and we have roaches that get into our homes. The roaches in our area are formally referred to as “peridomestic” roaches and colloquially referred to as “water bugs, palmetto bugs, black beetles” and the like. These roaches live in attics, under homes in crawl spaces, sewer lines, tree holes, garages, mulch, leaf litter, firewood piles, gutters, and other dark areas that hold moisture. They thrive both inside and outside.

These types of roaches come inside because they’re attracted to light at night. They seek moisture and shelter. Because they live in dirty places, they easily spread disease and germs, especially when they come in contact with food prep surfaces, utensils, countertops, and the like. They are also attracted to rotting foods in trash cans, overripe fruit, and food left out overnight. They run quickly, smell, and leave nasty fecal smears on surfaces. There are several precautionary measures homeowners can take to prevent these insects from making your home theirs, including sealing plumbing and utility openings to your home, keeping windows and doors sealed, cleaning trash and recycle bins, cleaning the areas around the trash and recycle bins, and keeping gutters clean. However, the most effective step to take control of cockroaches is to contact a professional exterminator who can develop a treatment strategy for your specific needs and apply a regular perimeter barrier treatment that can keep peridomestic cockroaches from moving into your home.

When peridomestic cockroaches become a problem inside, pest management professionals should check for outside sources of the infestation. Unless they can find and eliminate outside harborage sites and pest-proof openings, more cockroaches will find their way inside. They often find these roaches hiding during the day in cracks and crevices of your home. The best time to inspect is just after sunset when the cockroaches become active.

German Cockroach

The German cockroach is found all throughout Florida, and they breed continuously and reproduce quickly, which means infestations can go from mild to overwhelming fairly quickly. The one thing that limits the life cycle of a German cockroach is cold temperatures, which is why they thrive in Florida. In addition to warm temperatures, this species of cockroach can’t survive in areas without human activity.

They are most active at night and can survive on very small amounts of food, like hidden crumbs, food left on sink strainers, pet food, and even the binding of books. They also rely heavily on water and can survive longer without food than water.

Management of these invasive pests once an infestation is present is no easy task and typically requires professional involvement. For starters, cut off sources of water by repairing plumbing leaks, not letting water stand in sinks for long periods of time, not over-watering plants, and being aware of pet drinking dishes. In addition, be sure to thoroughly clean out sink strainers, wipe counters often, seal garbage lids and wipe cans frequently, and keep kitchen appliances free of crumbs and other food debris. This is a good place to start, but there’s always more that can be done.

How To Prevent Roaches

These pests are less likely to take residence where things are clean, so the best way to prevent an infestation is to practice good sanitation! To prevent cockroaches from infesting your space, we suggest that you:

  • Vacuum often
  • Keep your kitchen clean
  • Seal all entrances around utility pipes; also,
  • Ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup

Trust in Trad’s

If you’re dealing with a German cockroach infestation at any stage, our Pest Experts have the knowledge and experience to help you treat and prevent future infestations at your home or business. Call us today at 904-900-5816 to set up your consultation.

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