How Cockroaches Get Into Florida Homes

December 7, 2018

When you live in Florida, seeing a cockroach every now and then is not unheard of. It is unpleasant, though, and it’s something that you hope occurs when you aren’t in your own home.

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The Dangers of Cockroaches

Cockroaches aren’t just unsightly bugs. They can actually cause a number of problems for homeowners, and they are definitely unwelcome in your home.

Cockroaches are unsanitary. They spend a lot of time in areas such as garbage cans and sewers, picking up the bacteria, germs, and parasites that are rampant in those areas.

When they gain entry to your home, they bring all that filth with them into your living areas. These germs are then scattered wherever cockroaches roam. Your countertops, food prep areas, and your food itself are all vulnerable to contamination, leaving you susceptible to a host of illnesses, such as Salmonella, dysentery, and parasites such as tapeworm.

Cockroaches can also be dangerous for people who have allergies or asthma. Their shed skin, as well as their feces, can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks in sensitive individuals.

How Cockroaches Get Into Your Florida Home

Although they seem enormous when you have a surprise encounter with one, cockroaches are not that large. Their rather flat bodies have the ability to squeeze through fairly tight spaces. They can get into your house through spaces under doors, cracks in your foundation, and tears in your screens. Even small openings may be large enough to permit cockroaches to enter your home. Perform an inspection around the outside of your home and seal off any areas you find where they may be gaining access.

Why Cockroaches Get Into Your Florida Home

Several things will attract cockroaches to your home. If any of these sound familiar, take the necessary steps to eliminate them and you’ll reduce the chance of cockroaches entering your Florida home.

  • Roaches are attracted to water and moisture. If they’ve found their way into your home, you’ll often see them in moist areas, such as the bathroom, under the kitchen sink, or in your basement. If there are leaky pipes in your home, or other water-damaged areas, repair them immediately. If humidity is high in your home, improve ventilation and use dehumidifiers to get rid of excess moisture.
  • Excess moisture outside your house will also attract cockroaches. If your yard tends to be wet or there are other areas of moisture, work to reduce them.
  • If you leave garbage out, cockroaches will be attracted to it. Outside, cover trash bins with tightly-fitting lids. Inside, remove garbage frequently from your home.

Cockroaches are attracted to food in your home. Keep food stored in the refrigerator or in airtight containers. Sweep up crumbs regularly. Clean up spills and messes as soon as they happen. Don’t leave dirty dishes out on your counter or in the sink.

What to Do if You Find Cockroaches in Your Home

Finding one cockroach is often an indication that more are lurking nearby. They tend to be good at hiding, though, so when you choose an elimination method, select one that will actually get rid of the entire problem.

We recommend calling the experts at Lindsey Pest Services. With decades of experience, expert training, and the proper tools we eradicate every cockroach in your home. Our professionals also possess the knowledge to help you avoid future infestations. Don’t leave your family’s health to chance. Call Lindsey Pest Services to get rid of your cockroach problem.


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