How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Greenacres
April 12, 2018
Cockroaches are a very common problem for South Florida homeowners, but just because they are “common” doesn’t mean that their presence shouldn’t be taken seriously. If you ever see cockroaches or signs of their presence in your Greenacres home, immediate action needs to be taken to protect you and your family from the diseases, bacteria, and parasites that they can introduce and the damages that they can cause. The three most common species of cockroaches found invading homes and properties in Greenacres include the German cockroach, the American cockroach, and the brown-banded cockroach. While the species are all different, they also have something in common, they have no business living inside of your Greenacres home!
The German Cockroach
The German cockroach is a species of cockroach that is typically found living inside homes and other buildings. Adults grow to between 1/2 and 5/8th of an inch in length; they are dark brown in color and have unique parallel dark color bands running down their thorax. These pests are attracted to warm, moist areas, they are omnivores and have a very varied diet- basically, they eat anything! Inside homes, they will contaminate food, food prep areas, dishes and utensils, furniture, and other items with their feces. They can also trigger allergies and asthma attacks in some people; along with transmitting disease, bacteria, and human pathogens. To prevent German roaches from choosing your home to live inside of, it is important to reduce humidity levels in it by installing dehumidifiers in basements and fixing drippy pipes and fixtures. It is also a good idea to avoid leaving food out in the open, wash dirty dishes daily, routinely mop and vacuum your home’s floors, and wipe out moisture from sinks and bathtubs.
The American Cockroach
American roaches are a year-round pest in Greenacres, but they tend to make their presence most known during the summer season. They are a very large species of cockroach, with adults growing to between 1 1/2 and 2 inches in length, they are winged, and are black or brownish in color. American roaches like to spend their day hidden away in dark areas, coming out at night to feed on grease, starches, cheese, meats, and garbage. These roaches typically live outside, but when the weather becomes too hot or wet, they will look to move inside in order to live more comfortably. Unfortunately, American roaches can introduce health risks into your home and family. To prevent problems with these roaches we always suggest inspecting your home’s windows and door screens making sure that they are intact, checking the weather stripping found around windows and doors, making sure that outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids on them, and of course cleaning kitchen and pantry areas thoroughly and on a regular basis.
The Brown-Banded Cockroach
Brown-banded roaches are small in size with adults only growing to about 1/2 of an inch in length. They are oval in shape and brown in color with two lighter bands of color running across their body. Unlike many species of roach, the brown-banded roach likes a warm but dry environment to live. These roaches can be found living around appliance motors, in attic spaces, behind door frames, and underneath furniture. Brown-banded roaches can feed on and cause damages to wallpaper, books, and other personal belongings. They can and will introduce bacteria and disease into your home and contaminate food sources. To prevent these problematic pests from finding their way into your Greenacres home we always recommend inspecting boxes and packages for roaches before bringing them inside, not purchasing used appliances, regularly cleaning out behind large appliances and underneath of furniture, and removing trash from your home on a daily basis.
Roaches are a very determined pest and despite your best efforts these pests often find their way into Greenacres homes, roaches do not discriminate and an infestation can happen to anyone. Therefore, the best way to prevent problems with these prolific pests is to put into place a year-round pest control program. Year-round pest control from Nozzle Nolen provides the services needed to eliminate current roach populations from your home and the preventative treatment needed to stop a re-infestation. To learn more about our residential pest control packages and why they are the best choice to prevent problems with roaches living in Greenacres, give us a call today.
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