What Attracts Cockroaches and How Can You Prevent Them From Coming Inside Your Home?
Identifying and treating Cockroaches in your home can help keep your home safe and your family healthy. Here in Central Florida, it goes without saying that we have the ideal environment for many different species of Roaches.
Cockroaches are known to carry organisms causing diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera. Cockroach infestations can also trigger asthma and spread E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, and streptococcus.
Did we mention one female German Cockroach can lead to a potential 30,000 offspring in one year? Yikes. Roaches aren’t joking around. Taking preemptive steps this season can help you reduce the risk of Cockroaches in your home.
Depending on the species you’re dealing with, the cause and prevention can vary between Cockroaches.
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What Attracts Cockroaches inside your Home?
Cockroaches are very resourceful and can thrive on just food, water, and shelter. Outside, Cockroaches spend most of their time in mulch, leaf piles, sewers, or any moist areas under vegetation. Areas of our home that mimic these environments are potential areas of concern. Unattended dirty dishes or food left uncovered can result in Roaches finding their way into your home. American Cockroaches also like to wander inside after a heavy rain to seek dryer shelter.
Signs of Cockroaches in your Home
By the time you spot the first Cockroach running across your floor, it can mean their colony may already be out of control.
Cockroach droppings, generally black or brown in color, often leave smears behind on porous surfaces. With their flatter bodies, Cockroaches can easily wiggle into places other pests can’t. Be sure to inspect for droppings in pantries, on top of door frames, in unused closets, and behind any appliances connected to water.
Egg Cases can be shaped and colored differently depending on the species. The American Cockroach’s eggs take on a slightly darker grey color while the German cases are brown. All Cockroach cases are rectangular and can be found near their droppings.Once you’ve smelled a home with a Cockroach infestation, it can make it easier to diagnose in the future. Their musty odor becomes stronger and stronger as their infestation grows.
The Dangers of Roaches
As we mentioned before, Cockroaches carry an array of diseases and bacteria. Once Roaches establish themselves in your home, reproduction happens fast. In less than 24 hours, German Roaches can reproduce over 80 offspring. That’s why it’s vital to take action swiftly against Roaches.
How to Prevent Roaches from Entering your Home
  • Disposing of garbage regularly
  • Putting away leftovers, and avoid leaving dirty dishes unattended
  • Repairing plumbing leaks promptly
  • Maintaining shrubs and landscaping near your home
Once established in your home, no amount of home remedies or DIY prevention can get rid of a cockroach infestation. In Central Florida, our climate and homes make the ideal environment for these critters to thrive. With over 40 years of experience in Florida, Colonial Pest Services can help you create an effective pest management program that will protect your investment and your family.

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