Pest Spotlight: What To Do About Cockroaches In Your Orlando Home


Cockroaches have been around for millennia. They are notoriously hard to kill and highly adaptable, which affords them success and longevity. Moreover, cockroaches thrive in warmth and humidity; as such, they do exceedingly well in Orlando. Orlando pest control often revolves around controlling cockroach infestations. 

There are several types of cockroaches in Orlando that are likely to invade your home. These species include the American cockroach, the German cockroach, and the Australian cockroach. Cockroaches are oval in shape with six legs and a set of antennae; although most have wings, they are either rarely used or purely vestigial. 

American cockroaches are the largest house-infesting cockroaches in the United States and grow to over two inches in length. They are reddish-brown in color with a yellow marking on their heads. While they prefer to live outside, if there is a sudden change in temperature or a food shortage, they will enter man-made structures.

German cockroaches are the most common species of cockroach in the world. They are tan and rarely grow over half an inch long. These roaches prefer to be in moist environments, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Australian cockroaches look very similar to American cockroaches, save for the yellow markings on their wings. Like their American cockroach cousins, Australian cockroaches only go indoors when they are in search of more favorable conditions.

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How To Tell If You Have A Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches gain access to Orlando homes via cracks in siding, plumbing, and hitchhiking on people. They are attracted to areas that are dark or damp and can provide food. As such, cockroach sightings most often take place in kitchens, bathrooms, or basements with poor ventilation. Signs of a cockroach infestation include seeing the cockroaches themselves; finding small, dark cockroach droppings; and, in large infestations, a musty odor.

How Cockroaches Are Harmful To Your Health

Although cockroaches rarely bite and possess no venom, they can spread illness-causing bacteria. This is because cockroaches crawl through filth, such as trash and decaying materials. As they do so, the tiny, spiny protrusions on their legs pick up bacteria and spread them to new spaces. Therefore, as cockroaches move across your kitchen counter or cupboard, they are spreading bacteria.

Five Tips For Effective Cockroach Control In Orlando

The best way to avoid cockroaches in your Orlando home and the bacteria they spread is to set up some prevention. Five simple, yet effective, tips to prevent cockroaches from entering your home are as follows:

  • Seal cracks in walls and openings around drains and electrical sockets with silicone caulk.
  • Install door sweeps to all exterior doors.
  • Maintain a clean space by wiping up spills and crumbs immediately.
  • Store trash in lidded garbage cans.
  • Keep lawn debris and firewood away from the outside of your house.

These tips are an excellent start to controlling cockroaches around your Orlando property.

How To Keep Cockroaches Away From Your Home

If you are already dealing with cockroaches in your Orlando property, then reach out to Green Flag Services for expert cockroach control services. At Green Flag Services, we understand that you work hard for your home and we know how important it is to maintain a safe and clean environment for you and your family. We can safely and quickly put an end to your cockroach problem and prevent them from returning in the future. We have eco-friendly treatment plans to ensure that your family is protected without compromising their health. With more than 126 years of combined experience, you can't go wrong with Green Flag Services. For long-term peace of mind from all of your pest problems, reach out to Green Flag Services today!

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