Cockroaches In South Florida
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The American Cockroach
American Cockroaches, more commonly known as Palmetto Bugs, are the most common cockroach that we see in South Florida. They are prevalent here due to their affinity for hot and humid places that resemble their tropical habitats of origin.
Many of the calls we receive for new service mention seeing a palmetto bug in their kitchen, bathrooms, garage, and even bedrooms. American cockroaches can grow between sizes of ½ an inch to two inches in length.
If you see an occasional American cockroach every month or two, they are likely entering from the exterior and possibly hiding within the insulation in your attic.
If you see American roaches multiple times a week, there is most likely a plumbing entry point within your house allowing them access from the sewer or septic system. There may be a plumbing entry point in your home if you recently had a remodel done, especially if the plumbing in the kitchen or bathroom was worked on.
Plumbing entry points are also common in older homes, especially if cast iron pipes are present. Over many years of use, cast iron pipes deteriorate and holes in these pipes will often become entry points used by palmetto bugs and roof rats.
When an ongoing rodent or roach problem is present in a structure with cast iron pipes, we recommend a smoke test be performed by a plumbing company. This process involves a trained professional running smoke through your plumbing pipes in a way that exposes any holes that need to be repaired. We have seen smoke tests time and again find plumbing entry points.
The German Cockroach
German cockroaches are very different from American cockroaches, with the main differences being their coloration and size. Featuring the same iconic body-shape, the German cockroach is smaller, growing between ½ an inch and ⅝ of an inch.
German roaches will most likely be seen in the kitchen and bathrooms of your home, with most of them concentrated near the dishwasher, sink and refrigerator. German roaches breed rapidly and as a result you will likely see multiple german roaches every day if they are inside your home.
A common way to identify the presence or the past presence of german roaches in a structure is to look for their fecal matter. It will often appear scattered in small dots in areas german roaches spend most of their time. Since german roaches consume their fecal matter, we recommend a deep cleaning be performed to remove this potential food source that will continue to attract roaches.
When infestations are really bad, we’ve seen them in the hundreds – behind picture frames and on ceilings. German roaches prefer cracks and crevices, so a knowledgeable inspector will often most likely find them underneath countertops in your kitchen and bathrooms, in your refrigerator motor where condensation is present, underneath or behind your microwave, and on the hinges of your cabinets.
The Australian Cockroach
Often mistaken for a smaller American cockroach, the Australian cockroach is dark brown in color, growing to sizes between 9/10 of an inch to 1 and ¼ inches in length. The Australian cockroach is also distinguishable by a yellow band around the edge of the top of their head.
The Brown-Banded Cockroach
The brown-banded cockroach is a small, brown cockroach that is often confused with German cockroaches because of their small size and light-brown color. At around ½ an inch in length, brown-banded cockroaches are most distinguishable by the light brown circle that can be found on the top of their heads.
If you aren’t interested in getting close enough to the cockroach to identify it, don’t fret — contact us today to schedule a free inspection in Palm Beach or Broward County.
What Type of Roach is in Your Home?
Like with most pest infestations, the most important part of the cockroach control process is to identify the infestation. But in order to correctly identify the infestation, it is important for you to correctly identify the pest first.
So what does a cockroach look like?
Whether it is a German cockroach, American cockroach, Brown-banded cockroach, or an Oriental cockroach, we can help you identify and eliminate it.
Most cockroaches range in size between 7/10 of an inch and three inches in length. Additionally, most cockroaches are a reddish brown or black color — with roaches that have recently molted (grown) appearing to be slightly white.
The most identifiable feature of a cockroach is their shape. All cockroaches have oval-shaped bodies that appear to be flattened out, allowing them to squeeze through small, hard to reach, places.
How do I know if cockroaches are inside my home?
The easiest way to know that your Palm Beach or Broward county home or business has been infested with cockroaches is to actually see one. Unfortunately, cockroaches are a nocturnal pest, meaning that they usually emerge from their hiding spots at night — making it harder for these chance encounters to occur.
Other ways to determine if a cockroach infestation is present is to find their fecal matter or their egg casings. Cockroach fecal matter will vary across species, but the most common shapes and sizes would be that of smaller varieties (German) leaving “coffee grounds”-shaped droppings, and larger cockroaches (American/Oriental,) leaving small cylindrical droppings.
Cockroach egg casings (known as the ootheca) can hold around 15 embryos. Cockroach egg casings are around 8mm in length and appear to look like small red beans or pill capsules.
If you see a cockroach or find droppings or egg casings in your home, contact us today at Native Pest Management, as roaches may create up to 90 egg casings in their lifetime — and that could mean that one cockroach can create up to 1,350 offspring.
Don’t Let Cockroaches Move In To Your Home Or Business
While people may believe the presence of roaches is indicative of uncleanliness, that usually isn’t true. Most roaches can flatten themselves to fit under doors, through window cracks, and into ventilation systems.
All roaches want is access to food, water, and shelter, items that your home or business will provide regardless of how clean it might be.
When you notice a cockroach in your home, contact a local South Florida pest control company like ours here at Native Pest Management. Not only do cockroaches carry diseases, but also, once in your home, can establish a large population within a very short period of time.
Before a cockroach population grows in size, contact your local cockroach control company, Native Pest Management.
South Florida Cockroach Control
If you found a cockroach your home, don’t panic. Our experienced team of local pest control experts is here to help. We avoid doing any quick cockroach sprays that won’t really solve the roach problem in your home. We want to find the permanent solution that will allow you to live a roach free life in peace.
Native Pest Management utilizes pet safe products and application methods that work. Let us help you reclaim your home from pests. Give us a call now, or contact us online to schedule your free cockroach inspection today.