Cockroach Appearance and Size Facts
With a long lifespan and resistance to extreme climates, cockroaches are an infamous pest that has plagued humanity for centuries. Not only are these pests incredibly jarring to see, but they also pose huge threats to sanitation.
There are more than 4,500 different species of roach, but only 30 are considered to be pests. Several defining traits of cockroaches include:
- Brown or black
- Can get up to 1.5 inches in length and
- Prefer areas that are dark, moist, and warm
- Oval-shaped bodies protected by an exoskeleton
- Most species have wings but rely on their legs to scurry away
Unfortunately for us Florida residents, several cockroach types thrive in the Sunshine State. Ranging in size and appearance, these different species can be alarming to spot, and many create significant health risks for humans. Whether you’re battling large American Cockroaches, notoriously hard-to-eliminate German cockroaches, or another type of cockroach, professional pest control specialists can help you wipe out an infestation and keep a healthy, pest-free home.
Behavior and Habitat of Roaches
Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal creatures and forage for their food and water in the evenings and nights. During the day, they go into hiding in harborages or shelters to protect themselves from predators.
While they do form small communities, more often than not they act as solo creatures. As omnivores, they will eat anything from paper, boots, pet food, cloth, leather, and even other roaches.
Since they prefer places that are wet and dark, they are often located in crowded city streets, parks, train tunnels, and sewer systems. Unfortunately for humans, cockroaches are desperate to find food and water which leads them to homes and businesses.
Cockroaches can find their way into your home through a variety of methods. The most common are cracks in the foundation, siding, and outer walls. However, there are many ways they can enter your home.
Cockroaches are a sanitation threat; as carriers of bacteria and diseases, you don’t want to wait to eliminate them from your home. Our exterminators at Hulett are experts at cockroach control, so don’t hesitate to call or schedule a free home inspection.
Signs of Infestation of Roaches
A few things to look out for as a sign of a cockroach infestation are droppings or egg casings beneath refrigerators or stoves. Cabinets or countertops are also places to keep an eye out for.
Additionally, a musty odor, particularly in the kitchen or bathroom, may indicate a possible infestation within your home. Although finding one cockroach doesn’t always mean there’s an infestation, it’s to your advantage to get a professional pest inspection if you notice any of these signs in case your infestation is hidden just out of sight.
Tips for Prevention of Roaches
Ensure that all your food is stored in airtight containers, securely cover your garbage, and empty pet food and water bowls during the evening when cockroaches are most active.
Additionally, make sure to repair any holes or cracks in your home’s walls and openings, and take steps to eliminate standing water whenever feasible. Since cockroaches are attracted to environments that aren’t well maintained, keeping spaces clean is key to avoiding an infestation.
Getting Rid of Cockroaches
While tons of at-home methods and techniques claim to help eliminate cockroaches from your home, the most effective is to seek professional help. Only professionals can most effectively find where the cockroaches are coming from, properly identify the species and their behavior, and develop a plan to remove and prevent them.
Fortunately, Hulett offers both cockroach control and prevention solutions to safeguard your home from future infestations. To begin, make sure to arrange a free inspection of your home, allowing our exterminators to assess the extent of the problem.
Effective Cockroach Control Solutions
If you notice signs of a cockroach infestation or any other pest problem, simply call Hulett for assistance! Our green pest control solutions are tailored to eradicate cockroach issues and ensure a happy and healthy home. Plus, we have over 50 years of experience providing effective pest control solutions in South Florida, so you can rest assured that you’re in capable hands.