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Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches hide in dark, secluded areas during the day. Their flat oval-shaped bodies allow them to conceal themselves in our homes and businesses in difficult to reach areas. They emerge at night, crawling over our floors, counters, tables, appliances, and any food they come across. Cockroaches are unwanted, dangerous pests.

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The four most common roaches living in our area of Florida include the following:

  • German cockroach
  • American cockroach
  • Australian cockroach
  • Brown-banded cockroach

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches threaten people and property in a variety of ways. Living together in large numbers, they stain walls, floors, furniture, and other things with their feces, and chew on personal items stored in our homes.

Cockroaches also pose significant health hazards. They contaminate surfaces and food with diseases, pathogens, and parasites that make people ill, such as E. coli, salmonella, and gastroenteritis. Also, their shed skins and excrement trigger allergies and asthma attacks in those susceptible.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

The cockroaches common to our area have learned how to survive with the help of people. Wherever there are people, there may be cockroaches. Cockroaches move into homes and other buildings while foraging for food or accidentally after hitchhiking their way inside on furniture, boxes, in deliveries, and on other items. Once inside, if the food and moisture they need to survive are available, their numbers multiply quickly.

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Where will I find cockroaches?

German cockroaches are pests that prefer to live indoors. They live inside in warm, humid areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

American cockroaches and Australian cockroaches prefer to live outside in gardens, trees, and areas under mulch. They do occasionally invade homes, usually while foraging for food. These roaches enter structures at the ground level and like to hide in warm, damp basements, bathrooms and kitchens.

Australian roaches are attracted to light, and exterior lights often draw them to a home.

Unlike most roaches that prefer high humidity, brown-banded cockroaches prefer hot, dry locations. Inside our homes, brown-banded cockroaches are most likely to live in the upper cabinets in the kitchen and under furniture. 

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

You can trust Rodent Solutions to accurately identify cockroaches living on your Florida property, and provide effective treatments to eliminate the infestation. We understand how stressful a cockroach infestation can be and will act fast. Our technicians are dedicated to pest control and work closely with our customers to ensure their pest problems are solved.

To learn more about our solutions to your cockroach problem, reach out to Rodent Solutions today.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Cockroaches and other pests are problematic in Florida throughout much of the year. The following prevention tips will help you guard your home against cockroaches:

  • Eliminate food sources. Never leave food out in the open indoors or out.
  • Keep your home as neat and tidy as possible. Regularly vacuum floors and wipe down counters.
  • Wash dishes daily and rinse out cans and containers before placing them into recycling bins.
  • Seal entry points into your home that cockroaches could squeeze through.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water in and around your home.

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