The weather in Florida brings visitors from all over, and all visitors are welcome, except one, pests such as cockroaches. Cockroaches are not only a major nuisance, they can spread disease. They can make you sick with symptoms that include nasal congestion to diarrhea, asthmatic reactions to severe dehydration to the point that you may require a hospital stay.
Florida Roaches Identification
Florida is home to four main types of cockroaches:
1. German cockroach. An adult measures ½ to ⅝ of an inch. They are pale to medium brown in color with two dark stripes on their thorax. They have wings, but cannot fly.
2. American cockroach. These cockroaches are also known as water bugs or palmetto bugs and are the largest species. They can get bigger than 1 ½ inches. They are reddish brown with a pale brown or yellow border. They also have wings with the males wings extending past their abdomen.
3. Asian cockroach. Almost identical to the German cockroach, but the have longer wings and can fly. They are ⅝ of an inch long and are light brown in color with dark stripes behind their heads.
4. Oriental cockroach. These roaches are also referred to as water bugs or black beetles. They are dark brown or almost black in color and usually have a greasy sheen to their body. Females are about 1 ¼ of an inch in size and males measure about an inch. Males have wings that cover ¾ of its abdomen and females have wing pads that are smaller.
Cockroach Prevention in Your Home or Apartment
Cockroaches are good at getting into your house through boxes, furniture, bags and other items. They’re also good at moving through pipes to get inside. Home that aren’t sealed properly are vulnerable to a cockroach infestation.
1. Wipe kitchen surfaces. Make sure the counters in your kitchen are free of leftover food and residue by wiping them down regularly to reduce cockroach attraction.
2. Seal openings to home. Caulk is your best friend when it comes to sealing off entry points for roaches. Look around the pipes, pantry spaces and countertops for any cracks and crevices that roaches will use to get in.
3. Store food properly. Open food will attract cockroaches and food in cardboard boxes are easy for cockroaches to get into. Consider placing these food items in airtight containers to keep away.
4. Remove sources of standing water. Cockroaches like environments that are moist, so make sure you fix any leaky pipes under sinks, in your roof an in the basement.
5. Clean cabinets. Even the cleanest kitchen will collect crumbs and pieces of food in the cabinets. This is another source of food for roaches and need to be cleaned from time to time.
6. Use a flashlight. Inspect your home on a regular basis and use a flashlight to check in dark corners where cockroaches tend to hide.
Cockroaches can be extremely difficult to deal with. You need to get professional help, otherwise they will keep coming back. Professionals will use cockroach control methods most suitable for your circumstances as well as provide continued support to monitor and eliminate cockroach populations. Contact Southeast FL Pest Control to make sure your home is protected from cockroaches.