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Cockroach Characteristics

You might think you know enough about cockroaches—they’re gross and they’re unwelcome. What more is there to learn? Known for being nearly indestructible, these pests are notoriously hard to get rid of, often requiring professional pest control services to fully eradicate them.

Fortunately, if you’re discovering cockroaches in your home, you can trust Hulett Environmental Services to rid you of roaches with our safe, environmentally-conscious pest control services in Florida. 

Characteristics of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are common household pests that easily make your skin crawl. In addition to being nuisances, they also pose a threat to the health of those in your home. Cockroaches can cause typhoid fever, leprosy, gastroenteritis, dysentery, cholera, and several other infections and diseases. Furthermore, they leave behind urine, feces, and shedded parts, which can trigger asthma and allergy flare-ups. 

Cockroaches come in various shapes, sizes, and colors depending on the species. However, most cockroaches share some common physical characteristics that make them easily identifiable. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies with six legs and long antennae, with some species growing up to three inches in length. Most cockroaches have wings, but not all of them can fly. Cockroaches are typically brown or black, but some species may appear yellowish or reddish-brown. 

One defining characteristic of cockroaches is their ability to scurry quickly across walls, floors, and ceilings. While they often remain hidden, if you spot one out of the corner of your eye, it could be gone before you’re even able to fully identify it. If you spot what you think might be cockroaches in your home, it’s essential to take immediate action to prevent an infestation. Contact your nearest Hulett Environmental Services team to schedule your free inspection right away.

Interesting Facts About Cockroaches

While the roaches themselves may not be fun, we do have some fun facts about cockroaches that may be helpful to know if you’re dealing with them in your home. That way, you can have a better idea as to what this pest is like:

  • Resilience. A cockroach can live for a week without its head and can hold its breath for 40 minutes. Some species can even withstand freezing temperatures.
  • Small size. Cockroaches are small pests, so they can easily hide in cracks and crevices. Male cockroaches can fit through an opening as small as 1/16 inch in width or the thickness of a quarter. 
  • Quick speed. Cockroaches are very fast for their size and can run up to three miles in an hour. A newborn cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust, runs nearly as fast as its parents. 
  • Irregular feeding habits. Cockroaches can survive for up to one month without food and two weeks without water. They are omnivores, so many types of food are attractive to them including sugars, proteins, and fats. 
  • Rapid breeding. A female cockroach and her offspring can produce as many as 30,000 cockroaches in one year.

Cockroach Control in Florida With Hulett Environmental Services

If you’re dealing with a cockroach infestation in Florida, don’t wait any longer to take action. Just call Hulett, pest control’s finest! Cockroaches are not only unsightly, but they can also carry diseases and cause allergies to flare from their feces, saliva, and shedding, therefore putting the health of you and your family in jeopardy.

At Hulett Environmental Services, we offer comprehensive cockroach control services in Florida that can help you rid your home of these pests. Our experienced technicians, trained by board-certified entomologists, use the latest techniques and people, pet, and environmentally friendly products to eliminate cockroaches from their source and prevent them from coming back. We even offer same-day inspections for urgent, emergency situations.

Don’t let cockroaches take over your home and ruin your peace of mind. Contact us today for a free inspection.