Does One Cockroach In My Jacksonville Home Mean An Infestation?

January 20, 2022

Immortality is not something that exists in our world. However, we would argue that cockroaches come close. Cockroaches can withstand radiation and live an extremely long amount of time without any food substance. You don't want to be lounging on a Saturday afternoon and hear a scream erupt from the kitchen followed by the sounds of a swatting cloth. 

Have you seen any cockroaches scurrying around your house? If you have, you already have a large infestation. Like most pests, cockroaches come into your home in search of food, water, and shelter. Being able to spot the signs of cockroaches is essential to preventing large infestations. Lindsey Pest Services provides Jacksonville with the most effective and affordable residential pest control.

A German cockroach in a cupboard.

American Cockroaches In Your Jacksonville Home 

Knowing what to look for before seeing the actual cockroach is most important in stopping the infestation before you need cockroach treatments. There are a few different types of cockroaches that take up residence in Jacksonville. The main one is the American cockroach. They are reddish-brown and have a glossy tone like a pan with Crisco smeared on it. They have a flat body and six long legs with tiny points on them that look like spikes. The oily smell they give off is an indication to call an exterminator before you end up seeing one. 

These pests leave behind droppings that have blunt edges on one end and ridges on the other. Many people confuse cockroach droppings with mouse droppings. You can also spot signs of infestation by looking for the egg casings. These casings are roughly 8mm in length and are dark in color. You usually will find these by food sources but can also be found in basements, cabinets, or appliances. Your house will begin to have this musty smell and is more noticeable to people with a strong sense of smell. Sometimes you can find dead cockroaches under sinks and in bathrooms. Calling a residential pest control company like Lindsey Pest Services to ask what to look for will help tremendously.

Dangers Associated With A Cockroach Problem

Although cockroaches are typically clean bugs, they still carry around diseases and viruses that are dangerous to you and your family. E. coli, hepatitis, norovirus, and salmonellosis spread when they clean themselves in areas with food. However, food is not the only thing they can contaminate. They can also spread these diseases onto cooking utensils, surfaces like countertops and tables, and bathrooms. As cockroaches move, they leave a trail of these diseases and viruses between their food and water sources. 

Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures for the most part. They tend to come out at night, hunting for food and water. That's why you don't see them during the day. If you spot a cockroach in your house during the daytime, this usually means you already have a large infestation. The best thing to do would be to call the professionals to discuss cockroach treatments.

Tips To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Jacksonville Home

When it comes to cockroach control, it's best to be safe. Here are some strategies to keep cockroaches out of your home. 

  • Cockroaches love moisture. Reduce moisture in areas of your home by installing dehumidifiers, checking for leaking pipes, and maintaining proper ventilation.
  • Cockroaches will eat anything. Be sure to clean up food messes, clean surface areas, wipe out cabinets, and store food in airtight containers.
  • Cockroaches like to hide. Do your best to reduce hiding areas by cleaning up clutter.
  • Cockroaches are sneaky and resilient. They will find their way inside through almost any opening, including pipes.
  • Check the perimeter of your property for entry points and seal or cover with wire netting.

Despite your efforts to keep unwanted roaches away, you still may find yourself dealing with a cockroach problem. Even meticulously clean homes can suffer pest problems. In the end, it's best to reach out to a professional. 

Professional Cockroach Control With Lindsey Pest Services

Lindsey Pest Services has many ways to handle cockroaches that will best suit your family's needs. We will come in and assess how bad the infestation is and work with you to create a cockroach control plan. Whether it be baits, insecticides, traps are some options that we will discuss with you. 

The cockroach treatments will depend on the type of home you have. Apartments will likely have a different approach than a house would. After choosing the best treatment method, then we discuss how to keep them from coming back while we exterminate them. Be sure to clean up cluttered areas and keep your food areas as clean as possible. Sanitizing your home is the most effective way to manage an infestation. It will help slow the speed and prevent the buggers from coming back as we rid your home of those annoying pests. Reach out to the experts at Lindsey Pest Services today to learn more about our customized cockroach control options! 


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