Cockroaches In West Palm Beach
A cockroach infestation can be both stressful and disgusting, and many home and business owners panic about what to do next. When you have a concern this serious, it’s time to get in touch with your local West Palm Beach cockroach control professionals at Native Pest Management. Our team has more than 50 combined years of experience combating pests of all types, and roaches are no match for us.
The American Cockroach
American Cockroaches, or 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 our clients tend to find these insects in their kitchens, bathrooms, attics, sinks —- just about anywhere they can find food while also remaining in a damp environment. American cockroaches can grow between sizes of ½ an inch to two inches in length.
The German Cockroach
German cockroaches are extremely similar to 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. Slightly lighter in color, the German cockroach can be easily distinguished by its two parallel bands on its upper thorax.
The Australian Cockroach
Often mistaken for a smaller American cockroach, the Australian cockroach is dark brown in coloration, growing to sizes between 9/10 of an inch to 1 and ¼ inches in length. In addition to its similar size to the American cockroach, the Australian cockroach is 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 Native Pest Management instead for our unmatched pest control service in Palm Beach County.
Identifying An American Cockroach Infestation In Your Palm Beach County Home Or Business
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?
With most insects identification can depend on the region that you are in, as speciation causes some pests to appear in different varieties. Luckily, cockroaches in the United States are all identifiable by a single set of criteria. Whether it be a German cockroach, American cockroach, brown-banded cockroach, or an oriental cockroach, it can be quite easy to identify the pest. 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 can I tell if my property is infested with cockroaches?
As with most pests, the best way to establish that your Palm Beach County or South Florida home or business has been infested with cockroaches to actually see one. Unfortunately, cockroaches are a nocturnal pest, meaning that they emerge from their hiding spots at night — making it harder for chance encounters to occur. Other ways to determine if a cockroach infestation is in progress 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 it is imperative that you contact us at Native Pest Management right away, as cockroaches can create up to 90 egg casing 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 many people believe that roaches are a sign of a filthy place, that simply isn’t true. Most roaches can flatten themselves to fit under doors, through window cracks, and into ventilation systems. They are just as attracted to a clean pantry filled with food as they are an overflowing dumpster. In fact, the only thing that really does matter to them is access to food, water, and shelter, something that your kitchen will provide regardless of how clean it might be.
When you notice a cockroach infestation in your home it is imperative to contact a local West Palm Beach 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. Once a population has established itself in your home or business, it can be quite hard to take care of yourself, as store-bought remedies will likely no longer work. Once a cockroach population has established itself it is time to contact your local cockroach control company, Native Pest Management.
West Palm Beach Cockroach Control
If you have found a cockroach infestation within your home, do not panic. Our experienced team of pest management professionals is here to help. Native Pest Management utilizes integrated pest management products, techniques, and treatments that are all-natural and designed to last. They will not harm your pets or your family members, and you can rest assured that your roach problem is taken care of. Let us help you reclaim your home. Give us a call now, or contact us online to schedule your free property inspection today.