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Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are important scavengers and decomposers. However, when they get into residential and commercial properties, they cause many different problems. These pests vary in appearance, size, and flight capability, depending on the species.

Several different species are common in our area:

  • American cockroaches, also known as palmetto bugs, are reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-eight pattern behind their heads. They grow between 1/2 and 5/8 of an inch long and are the largest home-invading species in the United States. 
  • Brown-banded cockroaches are light brown and have two dark brown bands around their abdomen and wings. They grow to about 1/2 an inch long.
  • German cockroaches are light brown to tan and have two darker stripes behind the head. They grow between 1/2 and 5/8 of an inch long and are the most common home-invading species in the United States.
  • Oriental cockroaches have shiny dark brown or black bodies and grow to around 1 1/4 inches long.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous for several reasons. These pests can trigger allergies and asthma and damage your home and personal belongings. Unfortunately, cockroaches can also make people sick due to the many different pathogens they spread. As cockroaches scavenge for food, they contaminate food and surfaces, spreading E. coli, salmonellosis, dysentery, and cholera.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

There are several reasons you might experience a cockroach problem in your Florida home. These reasons include access to food, moisture, and a way for them to get inside easily. Like many pests that threaten residential homes, cockroaches are opportunists and will find their way inside if there is ample food, water, and shelter. At the bottom of this page, you can learn how to reduce the factors that attract this pest.

Where will I find cockroaches?

If there are cockroaches in your home, you may not see them, but instead, you might see signs of their activity, such as damage to food packaging and pepper-like droppings. Cockroaches are nocturnal, and they prefer to hide from people when they can. However, they can likely be found in places with high moisture, such as in the kitchen and bathroom. If you see signs of cockroaches, you should check around vents, underneath appliances and sinks, inside closets, and in trash cans.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to get rid of for several reasons, but notably, they are increasingly more resistant to traditional pesticides. Because of this, the over-the-counter products sold at stores are usually ineffective against them. So the best way to get rid of cockroaches is by contacting us at Rowland Pest Management.

Because cockroach treatment varies with the species, you can always expect a thorough inspection by one of our inspection specialists before starting any services. This inspection will help us determine the best treatment plan for your specific problems and needs.

To learn more about our residential pest control options and commercial pest management solutions, or schedule a free inspection, please reach out to us today! We offer financing options to ensure our customers throughout Florida have access to the pest control services they need. We are always here to help. "When we roll in… bugs roll out!"

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Preventing cockroaches from reinfesting your home is all about maintaining your property. Try these helpful tips:

  • Remove food sources by using airtight containers to store opened food, regularly sweep and wipe down surfaces to remove crumbs and spills, and use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids.
  • Remove water sources by fixing any leaks, repairing water-damaged wood, and using dehumidifiers to reduce moisture.
  • Remove entry points by sealing cracks in your foundation and using mesh screens over vents and drains. 
  • You should also keep your yard properly maintained by mowing the lawn and trimming foliage regularly and keep the inside of your home organized and free of clutter.