If there is one pest in Orlando, Florida that you definitely want to avoid, it’s the cockroach. These home invaders are known for being extremely invasive and difficult to remove, and they are also potentially very dangerous.
In Florida, there are a few different species of cockroach that frequently get onto properties. These include German cockroaches, American cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches.
Here is how you can identify each species:
- German cockroaches are the most prevalent in the United States. They are a tan color with two black stripes behind their heads and are on the smaller side at just over half an inch in length.
- American cockroaches are the largest roach in the country and can reach up to three inches long. They are reddish-brown.
- Oriental cockroaches are sometimes known as water bugs or black beetles. They are a jet black color and grow to be about an inch in length.
Regardless of which species you’re dealing with, all of the cockroaches in the area can spread diseases and cause many issues. They are also extremely difficult to remove as they are resistant to many pesticides and can survive on just small crumbs, not to mention that they can often survive for days without their heads.
The Truth About Cockroach Dangers
You’ve probably heard that cockroaches are rather disgusting and unsanitary, and this is true. However, the appalling nature of roaches runs even deeper than many people realize. Cockroaches often carry pathogens, and they can spread dozens of diseases, including dysentery, diarrhea, and typhoid fever.
Cockroaches often seek out places that have a lot of moisture and access to organic food matter. They will hang out on dead animals, rotting garbage, sewage, and around toilets. Then, they carry germs from these places wherever they go next, including onto countertops or food items.
The Invasive Nature Of Cockroaches
Unfortunately, cockroaches are also one of the most troublesome pests to prevent and control. They can make their way into homes in a variety of ways, including through small holes in the walls and foundation. They can also be brought in on secondhand items, and some species can even make their way through plumbing and drains.
Then, once inside, they are even more difficult to remove than they were to prevent. Cockroaches can reproduce at a rapid rate which allows them to spread throughout rooms in a home in no time. They can also hide and get into many tiny, dark areas that people can’t access, such as behind cabinets or inside of walls.
While there are insecticides and chemicals at stores meant to kill cockroaches, they usually only get a few individuals. It’s hard to access every single one. In using these products, you’ll likely only put a band-aid on the problem without actually fixing it.
How Can You Protect Your Orlando Home From Cockroaches?
Because cockroaches are so potentially dangerous, keeping them out of your home is vital. And, luckily, there is one effective way to both prevent and eradicate cockroach infestations. The experts at Green Flag Services provide residential pest control services that are able to keep roaches out and completely remove existing problems.
To find out more about our cockroach control services, or to request an inspection, please give us a call today. We are a locally owned and operated company, and we even offer free inspections, so don’t hesitate to reach out.