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.
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.
When infestations are really bad, we’ve seen them in the hundreds – behind picture frames and on ceilings.
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 can I tell if my property is infested with cockroaches?
As with most pests, the best way to establish that your Palm Beach or Broward county 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, 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 simply 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 cockroaches 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.
Once a cockroach population has established itself it is time to contact your local cockroach control company, Native Pest Management.
South Florida Cockroach Control
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