Cockroach Identification & Prevention

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches live very successfully in the warm, humid environment that Florida provides them. Some of the more common species living in our area are the German cockroach, American cockroach, and Australian cockroach. Adaptability is one of the main reasons why these pests have been around as long as they have. They know how to adapt to live in almost any environment. The roaches in our area have adapted to living near people. Cockroaches have oval-shaped bodies, and depending on the species, vary in size from small (German cockroach) to very large (American cockroach). Many have wings but are more likely to use their legs for transportation as they tend to be weak flyers. Cockroaches are mostly nocturnal.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

When living in Florida, is it imperative to put prevention measures in place to keep these pests from choosing your yard or house to call home. Not only are the difficult to eliminate once they move into a home or business, but they also create dangerous living conditions:

  • The presence of cockroaches often triggers allergic reactions and asthma attacks in those vulnerable like young children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems.
  • They contaminate food with their saliva and excrement.
  • They contaminate food prep areas and surfaces with dangerous pathogens and bacteria like dysentery, salmonella, and E. coli.
  • Cockroaches chew on, stain, and contaminate things like upholstered furniture, clothing, paper items, toothpaste, and the like stored within your home.
  • Their presence in your home may cause a strong unpleasant musty odor and even affect the taste of food stored within your home.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches have become a problem in your home either because they have found their way inside on their own or they were carried in on something. Cockroaches living outside will move indoors in search of food or better living conditions. They enter in through spaces in the foundation, under doors, and around vents or utilities.

These pests are also introduced by people unknowingly. They will “Trojan horse” their way inside in things like boxes, bags, appliances, upholstered furniture, and potted plants that conceal their presence. Once inside, cockroaches will begin to feed and breed and quickly expand their populations. When it comes to roaches, it doesn’t take long for a few to turn into many.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches are champions at the game of “hide and seek.” They can hide well out of sight until their numbers get too large, and they are unable to hide their presence. If you are seeing cockroaches out and about during the day, it is a sign that an infestation has become very large and needs immediate attention.

Common indoor hiding spots include the backs of cabinets, areas under sinks, in drawers, behind large appliances, and in wall voids near water pipes. More often than not, an infestation ends up in an area of a home that typically has high humidity levels like the kitchen, basement, bathroom, or laundry room.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

At Green Flag Services, we understand that cockroaches are a nuisance and difficult to control and eliminate. If you are having problems with dangerous roaches on your property, reach out to us today. We can provide you with the cockroach control services needed to get rid of cockroaches and prevent them from returning.

If you need help removing cockroaches or other pests from your DeLand, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona, or Lake Mary, FL, residential or commercial property, call Green Flag Services today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Don’t allow cockroaches to take over your yard or home. Partner with the professionals at Green Flag Services and put into place the following easy to implement prevention tips:

  • Inspect the outside of your home for any cracks, crevices, or other entry points. Use caulk or other materials to fix them.
  • Make sure gutters are in good working order and are directing water from around your home’s exterior.
  • Rake mulch and leaves away from your home’s foundation.
  • Store fruits, vegetables, and baked goods in the refrigerator.
  • Remove pantry items from their original packaging and place them in plastic or glass containers with airtight lids.
  • Regularly remove trash from your house and place outside in trash cans that are stored away from your exterior walls and have locking lids on them.
  • Tidy food prep areas daily.
  • Clean under and behind appliances regularly — from the toaster oven to the refrigerator.
  • Never leave stacks of dirty dishes in the sink. If you need to leave them, fill the sink with soapy water until you can wash them.
  • Inspect packages, used appliances, or furniture for cockroaches before introducing the items into your home.

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