Cockroach Control Services
Professional cockroach control is essential in South Florida, as the region has one of the most dense cockroach populations in the entire country. The aspects of the environment that attract homeowners and tourists, such as a temperate climate year-round, also make the area attractive to the pesky bugs. Cockroach control is best handled by a professional home pest control service, like the trained and certified applicators at Hulett Environmental Services. With board-certified entomologists and Bugs University-trained experts on staff to help properly identify the species of cockroach in your home, Hulett gets it right the first time. Homeowners in South Florida are no strangers to cockroaches, as the bugs burrow and crawl through cracks and crevices into homes in search for food and shelter. However, you don't have to accept the bugs in your home. If you are looking for bug companies or cockroach exterminators near you, before you do anything else, Just Call Hulett!
Call Hulett today for a free inspection and to protect your home from insects. Cockroaches can potentially cause sanitation and health hazards as they can carry organisms that may cause disease or worsen allergies. Cockroach activity can also damage your home's aesthetics with egg cases called ootheca dropped in your living areas, and feces and droppings scattered around which can stain walls in your kitchen, baseboards, door or cabinet frames, or other cracks and crevices where cockroaches may be hiding. Because of this, it's crucial that you take action with proper cockroach control immediately by a professional pest control company.
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Hulett's Cockroach Control Method
Hulett Environmental Services uses methods that not only eliminate existing cockroaches in and around your home, but with routine maintenance we can help prevent them from coming back in the future. This is a crucial element of cockroach control. Our trained and certified applicators utilize a combination of baits, gels, and residual spray using the most advanced and effective products available that are also people, pet, and environmentally friendly
Our cockroach professionals will focus our treatment on the exterior of your home. By using a specialized granular baiting regimen in your landscape, away from the structure, and using a microencapsulated liquid residual spray along the exterior perimeter of your home and near the common entry points, Hulett can help eliminate cockroaches and protect your home from future invasion. If you are in need of extensive cockroach control on the interior of your home due to a vast infestation, Hulett has you covered. Hulett will utilize baits and gels designed to eliminate infestations placed near harborage areas, and apply a residual product with Insect Growth Regulator to cracks and crevices, if needed. This will help to control any cockroach issues moving forward. During inspection and treatment, the Hulett professionals can make you aware of any conducive conditions and identify areas that may be attracting the pests. Eliminating these conditions can help to decrease your cockroach and insect pressure.
Once we effectively treat any cockroaches that are present, preventative maintenance is the key to ensuring the pests do not return. This includes routine baiting and spraying on the exterior of your home to keep the cockroaches at bay. Additionally, our experts will spend time with you and your family providing education on ways that you can help prevent cockroaches between treatments.
Health Hazards of Cockroach Infestations
Having professional cockroach control in your South Florida home is essential, as the bugs may pose several health hazards to both humans and pets. The World Health Organization issues a warning against the pests, as they may carry organisms on their bodies and legs that transfer to the surface of your home, potentially causing disease or illness.
Cockroaches are potential carriers of many organisms that may cause:
- Asthma and other Respiratory Illnesses
- Food Poisoning
- Parasitic worms
Some studies state that the bugs can carry and spread more than 30 types of bacteria at any given time. When they scurry across the surfaces in your home, they can leave these bacteria behind, presenting the possibility of spreading illness. Additionally, cockroaches can exacerbate indoor allergies. Their presence and shed exoskeleton can lead to coughing, respiratory irritation and inflammation, congestion, and an increase in asthmatic episodes.
In addition to the spread of disease, cockroaches are known to leave behind an unpleasant scent as they leave trails of feces and pheromones behind them when on the move. This, coupled with the stench that dead cockroaches emit, can in turn attract more of the bugs into your home. If you notice signs of cockroaches in your home, it is imperative that you contact a professional cockroach company for proper treatment.
Damages from Cockroach Infestations
Cockroach control is essential for South Florida homes, as infestations can lead to damage within your home and belongings. Cockroaches have chewing mouthparts and are generalist feeders. This means that if cockroaches are infesting, they can be found eating holes in food or food packaging, trash, clothing and fabrics, cardboard, books and magazines, etc.
Cockroach control can eliminate these pests at the source and help protect your property from this damage. You need an experienced cockroach professional, like the team at Hulett Environmental Services.
Signs of Cockroach Infestation
Every South Florida homeowner should have a professional service evaluate their home for cockroach infestation, even if there are no signs visible to the naked eye. This is because the bugs can be small and often hide in hard-to-spot places. However, there are also key signs of cockroach infestation that may signify you require professional cockroach control immediately.
Signs of cockroach infestation include:
- Cockroach feces on your counters, floors, in your cabinets, behind or under major appliances, on shelves, or in the pantry.
- Empty egg cases, known as ootheca, that are translucent and brown in color, and oval-shaped. You may find these cases inside cabinets, on the floor, behind furniture, on counters, or in dark sheltered areas.
- A musty odor or staining near cracks and crevices inside your home, where cockroaches harbor.
If you notice any of these signs, it's time to call Hulett Environmental Services regarding cockroach control.
Common Types of Cockroaches in South Florida
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that more than 30% of homeowners in South Florida state they battle at least one cockroach infestation annually. Because of our climate and insect abundance and diversity, there are many different types of cockroaches that can potentially infest in South Florida. Using a professional pest control company that specializes in the treatment of homes in South Florida is key, because the correct identification of the cockroach will determine the proper treatment method. For example, some cockroaches live on the exterior, such as the American Cockroach. However, even outdoor cockroaches may make their way inside in search for shelter and food. Whereas some cockroaches live on the inside only, and invade homes through infested luggage, packaging, furniture, or adjacent units, such as the German Cockroach. These two cockroaches are by far the greatest invaders to homes in South Florida. But, depending on conducive conditions, there are many other species that may infest, as well.
The American Cockroach (Palmetto Bug)
South Floridians are very familiar with the palmetto bug, which is both the largest cockroach and the most common to infest properties across the region. These cockroaches can get quite big, exceeding two inches in length. They are red-brown in color, and both the male and females have wings. They have a characteristic brown and orange marking on their yellowish pronotum (neck equivalent). These cockroaches prefer to live outside in the landscape, which is why a common name for them is the Palmetto Bug. However, if there are entry points near doors, windows, or plumbing, and there is food available on the interior, these cockroaches will certainly invade. It is common to find these American Cockroaches in damp and humid areas such as garages, kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. The American Cockroach will feed on crumbs, spilled food, and pet food, so keeping a clean home is important.
The German Cockroach
This species of cockroach is known as an indoor cockroach, and is a small cockroach that is a light brown color with two dark vertical lines on their backs. They have a pair of long straight antenna, and six legs that are adapted for fast running, as they run away from light and underneath baseboards or appliances. These cockroaches do have wings, however they hop and run around and do not fly. They like to hide in dark cracks and crevices like baseboards, door hinges and cabinet frames, etc. German cockroaches pose a huge risk of infestation to homeowners as they can rapidly reproduce–just one female can be the source of up to 30,000 newly hatched cockroaches in just one year. Additionally, they pose a unique challenge to homeowners as they can feed on food, pet food, food debris, oils and stains, etc. It is essential to call for professional cockroach control as soon as you notice these pests, as they thrive in tiny spaces and can travel between apartments and shared dwellings. German cockroaches are great "hitchhikers", and often hide in products that are brought into homes. Once they invade, they can lay an enormous amount of eggs and an infestation can grow to the thousands very quickly. Because of the potential severity of a German Cockroach infestation, they are the most concerning as potential health hazards.
The Australian Cockroach
The Australian cockroach can look similar to the American Cockroach. Reaching approximately 1.25 inches in length, the Australian Cockroach also has characteristic markings on its pronotum. The pronotum is a distinct yellow color, with a dark brown or black marking, and a thin yellow vertical stripe on the edges of their wings. This species of cockroach prefers dark, warm, humid areas and if you find them inside it is likely to be near bathrooms or in garages and sheds. While they like to make themselves at home outside near tree bark and piles of wood, they may enter the home in search of a starchy meal. These cockroaches can also use exterior trees to infest attics, so it is very important to use a pest control company that will complete a thorough inspection.
Just when you think you know all the cockroaches that can invade, there are several others that are also a possibility. That is why using a professional service is crucial in protecting your home. The Surinam Cockroach is a plant feeder that lives in the soil and leaf litter. However, they are known to being sensitive to weather changes such as excessive rain, drought, or temperature changes. This restlessness may cause them to move indoors, as they search for preferred conditions. This is referred to as being an occasional invader. In South Florida, it is almost impossible to prevent this in entirety, but routine pest control can help to greatly reduce invasion from these intermittent pests.
The Florida Woods Cockroach
Also called the stinking cockroach, the Florida Woods Cockroach releases a pungent-smelling liquid when threatened by predators as a defense mechanism. These roaches do have tiny wings, yet they do not fly. They are black in color and prefer to eat decaying plant matter, though they may accidentally make their way inside on piles of wood products or through common entryways.
The Asian Cockroach
These cockroaches look similar to the German Cockroach, except the Asian Cockroaches prefer to live outside, rather than inside. Asian cockroaches also fly, unlike the German Cockroach. These Asian Cockroaches are dark brown in color and are a nocturnal species. They are most active outside just before dark and are known to fly towards sources of light, such as on the porch or near a garage. If you leave doors and windows open, this cockroach may potentially invade. Once they make their way inside, you may notice them by light fixtures and electronic screens.
Preventing Cockroach Infestations
When you call Hulett Environmental Services, we will promptly arrive at your home and provide a free inspection to identify the need for cockroach control. Our cockroach experts will administer the appropriate treatment to key areas of your home and help develop a routine maintenance plan to ensure your home remains protected year-round.
There are several steps that you can take on your own, between professional cockroach control treatments, to keep the pests at bay.
These steps include:
- Clearing any clutter from your home, garage, or shed. This includes piles of magazines and newspapers or old paperwork.
- Place items you don't frequently use in airtight storage containers.
- Keep pet food and open food packages in airtight containers.
- Clean under and behind all major appliances regularly.
- Clean out cabinets and shelving regularly to ensure there are no crumbs or spills.
- Clean food residues from surfaces throughout your kitchen and food preparation areas.
- Trim trees away from touching your roof. This will help with rats and ants, as well.
- Leave a small gap in mulching away from your home's perimeter. This will help prevent invasion from occasional invaders.
- Make sure baseboards, door sweeps, and window screens are in good condition.
Due to the sanitation issues, damage to goods, and many heath hazards associated with cockroach infestations, calling a professional company for cockroach control is essential in South Florida. When you call Hulett, we will send an expert to your home for a free inspection with no obligation.
We will provide you with an evaluation of your home and property and recommended the next steps for proper cockroach control. If you suspect that your home has a problem with cockroaches, don't wait. Just call Hulett!