Let’s face it: we live in tropical Florida, and we have roaches that get into our homes. The roaches in our area are formally referred to as “peridomestic” roaches and colloquially referred to as “water bugs, palmetto bugs, black beetles” and the like. These roaches live in attics, under homes in crawl spaces, sewer lines, tree holes, garages, mulch, leaf litter, firewood piles, gutters, and other dark areas that hold moisture. They thrive both inside and outside.
These types of roaches come inside because they’re attracted to light at night. They seek moisture and shelter. Because they live in dirty places, they easily spread disease and germs, especially when they come in contact with food prep surfaces, utensils, countertops, and the like. They are also attracted to rotting foods in trash cans, over ripe fruit, and food left out overnight. They run quickly, smell, and leave nasty fecal smears on surfaces. There are several precautionary measures homeowners can take to prevent these insects from making your home theirs, including sealing plumbing and utility openings to your home, keeping windows and doors sealed, cleaning trash and recycle bins, cleaning the areas around the trash and recycle bins, and keeping gutters clean. However, the most effective step to take control of cockroaches is to contact a professional exterminator who can develop a treatment strategy for your specific needs and apply a regular perimeter barrier treatment that can keep peridomestic cockroaches from moving into your home.
When peridomestic cockroaches become a problem inside, pest management professionals should check for outside sources of the infestation. Unless they can find and eliminate outside harborage sites and pest-proof openings, more cockroaches will find their way inside. They often find these roaches hiding during the day in cracks and crevices of your home. The best time to inspect is just after sunset when the cockroaches become active.
The team here at Trad’s Pest Control will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and will create a specialized treatment plan based on the degree of the infestation and the layout of your home. Give us a call today!