Cockroach Control 101: What Every Jacksonville Homeowner Ought To Know

January 30, 2023

Here in Jacksonville, it’s an open secret that we share our year-round vacation climate with some pesky neighbors. While the house down the street that hosts parties all hours of the night certainly qualifies, we are, of course, talking about cockroaches.
Below, we’ll be touching on a number of pest prevention methods, solutions for infestations that have already taken hold, and what you can do to evict these most unwanted neighbors from your home. 

Pest control in Jacksonville is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable or inconvenient part of it.

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Sure Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation

There’s really only one silver lining when it comes to determining whether or not a cockroach infestation has taken place or is imminent. When you see one roach, you can be sure that there are others in hiding.
Cockroaches are not solitary creatures, and they are quite efficient where reproduction is concerned. Ergo, it’s not too hard to spot an already-existing or burgeoning infestation. The time to act is as soon as you see the first roach.

How Roaches Spread Around Dangerous Pathogens

Roaches are a serious detriment to homeowners, and that’s a certainty even before considering what many purport to be their worst (and most dangerous) quality: their effectiveness at spreading pathogens and other microbes.
You’ve probably heard the old adage that the only life forms suited to survive a nuclear attack are cockroaches. This speaks to their durability and general immunity to a number of hazards that we, and most other life on Earth, have reason to fear. That list includes:

  • Salmonella

  • Staphylococcus

  • Streptococcus

It’s no secret that these bugs are persistent, but their ability to withstand dangerous pathogens, diseases, some types of radiation, and a number of other villains from the microbial world are perhaps their most dangerous trait.

Naturally Effective Ways To Prevent Cockroaches

Thankfully, roaches can be eliminated or contained using a number of methods that are accessible to the average homeowner. A few of these methods are intuitive and obvious, while others may not be. We’ve even had questions about using essential oils for home pest control!
There are a number of DIY home pest control products and techniques, but the most surefire way to at least get started on dealing with a cockroach infestation is to remove the very thing that’s attracting them in the first place: a food source! Here are some fairly easy and quick steps you can take to get a head start on tackling a roach infestation:

  • Make a habit of cleaning your whole home at least once per week.

  • Clean easily-forgotten spaces, such as behind the oven or under the fridge.

  • Take the trash out when the bin is full – don’t wait!

  • Make sure that your pet’s food dishes are empty, too.

  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen.

Cleaning up any open containers of food, drinks, or trash is a huge start. Roaches are like us in that they want to eat, and so the most readily available sources of food will be their favorite. If they can get food easier outdoors or elsewhere, they may very well do so.

It’s vital, then, to start at square one by removing any easily-accessible food sources and covering any open trash containers. Thoroughly clean all dishes and, though it may take some elbow grease, some hard-to-reach spots, such as under or behind the stove. Home and yard cockroach control are one and the same, so if you’ve got an outdoor eating area or a grill, make sure to pay that area the same attention as your kitchen.

The Best Cockroach Control Solution For Jacksonville Homes

While we admire the determination and gusto it takes to want to take on a roach infestation yourself, there’s nothing quite as effective as professional intervention. Every situation is different, and unique tools or techniques may be required to challenge some infestations.
We’ve touched on the importance of keeping your home clean, but that may only be half the battle. Home cleaning and pest control go hand-in-hand, of course, but some infestations take hold, grow large and persistent, and cannot be eradicated using store-bought cockroach control products or DIY techniques.
Pest control for cockroaches in homes and businesses, especially those that are already out of control, are best left to the professionals. Lindsey Pest Services offer the most comprehensive, thorough, and effective solution to cockroach infestations.
Don’t let an infestation take hold or grow out of control – reach out to us to get your home back from Florida’s most famous squatters.


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