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What South Florida Resident Need To Know About American Cockroaches

June 6, 2018


People are attracted to South Florida’s warm weather, sunny days, and beautiful scenery, and why wouldn’t they be? Florida is a very scenic and beautiful place to live! However, there are some unwanted guests living in Florida that are also attracted by the warm, sunny weather, that every South Florida resident needs to be aware of and prevent from entering their home. The unwanted guests we are talking about is the cockroach, more specifically the American cockroach. The American roach is known for being the largest species of cockroach that live in Florida and is so large that people often refer to it as Florida’s “state bird”. These roaches can grow more than 2 inches in length! They are black or brown in color, have a distinctive yellow shield on their head, and unfortunately, they commonly invade homes.

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People are attracted to South Florida’s warm weather, sunny days, and beautiful scenery, and why wouldn’t they be? Florida is a very scenic and beautiful place to live! However, there are some unwanted guests living in Florida that are also attracted by the warm, sunny weather, that every South Florida resident needs to be aware of and prevent from entering their home. The unwanted guests we are talking about is the cockroach, more specifically the American cockroach. The American roach is known for being the largest species of cockroach that live in Florida and is so large that people often refer to it as Florida’s “state bird”. These roaches can grow more than 2 inches in length! They are black or brown in color, have a distinctive yellow shield on their head, and unfortunately, they commonly invade homes.

American roaches are a year-round pest problem for South Florida residents, but become even more problematic during the summer months due to the very warm weather increasing their activity level. These large roaches hide in dark, sheltered places during the day and emerge at night to forage for their favorite foods - sugars, meats, cheeses, grease, starches or basically anything else that they come across, including garbage. Some of the American roach’s favorite daytime hiding spots include in and around Florida palmetto trees, underneath mulch found in garden areas, and inside of sewers. During the summer months, if the weather outside becomes too hot or too wet for their liking, these large roaches will not think twice about moving inside of South Florida homes.

Living with American cockroaches is never something that should be encouraged; these pests are extremely dangerous to live in close proximity with. The good news is that they aren’t known to bite or sting people, but the bad news is that they can create a whole other list of dangers.

Dangers American roaches create when living in South Florida homes include:

  • Asthma attacks - Their shed skins and feces can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children. Roaches may trigger allergy attacks in some people.

  • The spread of disease - American roaches have millions of bacteria, viruses, human pathogens, and parasites living on their legs and body. As they travel throughout your home they will contaminate all the surfaces they come in contact with, which could lead to serious health consequences for you and your family.

  • Food contamination - American roaches will help themselves to any food that you have stored inside your home, contaminating it in the process.

  • Odor - American roaches, and roaches, in general, emit a foul odor which is unpleasant and can make your home have an overall musty smell.

At Nozzle Nolen, we understand how dangerous American cockroaches can be to you and your family. We want to help you put into place the proactive services needed to quickly eliminate any current problems that you may be experiencing with these roaches and prevent their return throughout the year. To learn more about our solutions to roach and other South Florida pest problems, give us a call today and schedule a free inspection for your home.




 

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