Some of the best aspects of Orlando are the amazing weather, the beautiful surroundings, and all the sunshine. However, even with all the good that Orlando has to offer, living here doesn’t come without a few drawbacks such as the prevalence of cockroaches in the area. Cockroaches are an unwelcome sight in any house, and to make matters worse, they are quite dangerous, as well.
That’s why it is important for you to act with urgency should you spot cockroaches around your home. If you act quickly, you can help prevent the spread of bacteria by these unwelcome pests and limit your exposure to potential harm.
Identifying Common Area Cockroaches
Although there are thousands of species of cockroaches in the world, here in Orlando you will most likely encounter only a few of them. These include German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and American cockroaches.
- German Cockroaches are a light brown or tan color, and they feature two dark brown lines behind their heads. They generally grow from ½ an inch to 5/8th of an inch long. Though these cockroaches have wings, they rarely fly. German cockroaches prefer warm areas.
- Oriental Cockroaches are a shiny black color, and they grow to be about 1 inch long. While male Oriental cockroaches do have wings, the females do not. Despite this, neither of them is capable of flying.
- American Cockroaches are a reddish-brown color, and they feature a yellowish figure-eight pattern on the backs of their heads. They usually grow to between 1 ¼ inches to 2 1/8th inches long. Both male and female American cockroaches have wings and can fly for short distances. These cockroaches prefer warm, humid areas.
Threats Posed By Cockroaches
While most people can agree that cockroaches are unsightly pests, a lot of folks don’t know that roaches are dangerous, as well. This is because cockroaches are known to spread a wealth of disease-causing bacteria and pathogens as they move about homes. While outside, cockroaches often dwell in filth-ridden areas such as around garbage and in sewers. There, they pick up all sorts of harmful bacteria which they can then bring into your home. Countertops, dishes, or food that’s been improperly stored could all be at risk for contamination if cockroaches infest your house.
Some diseases that cockroaches have been known to spread include Salmonellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, gastroenteritis, dysentery, listeriosis, and giardia. In addition to this, cockroaches can also trigger allergies and asthma attacks in people who are at risk.
The Difficulties Of Preventing And Removing Cockroach Infestations
Along with carrying a wealth of harmful bacteria on their bodies, cockroaches prove to be formidable pests when it comes to preventing and eliminating infestations. That is because cockroaches are highly-adaptable; they can live in a variety of environments, move around with ease, and are often unaffected by OTC roach sprays. On top of that, it is nearly impossible to seal off all possible entry points through which cockroaches could gain access to your home. Once inside, they could infest your kitchen, bathrooms, basement, crawl spaces, or any other location. Given their durability and adaptability, cockroach infestations can be very difficult to get rid of without professional assistance.
What You Should Do If You Have A Cockroach Infestation
If you do find yourself dealing with a cockroach infestation in your Orlando home, don’t panic. You don’t have to deal with it alone. Simply call the trained pest professionals here at Green Flag Services, and we will send a certified pest expert to eliminate any infestation with which you might be dealing. Additionally, we will also work with you to take some steps to prevent future infestations.
If you want to take back your home from roaches, give us a call today.