The Trick To Getting Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Jacksonville Home

August 10, 2022

It's inevitable: cockroaches will happen. Roaches have crawled on this planet for as long as time itself, and they are projected to survive nuclear fallout. Homeowners may think cockroaches only appear in dirty homes, but these pests aren't picky. They aren’t there because your home is unclean, but it does offer all the right amenities. Lindsey Pest Services provides reliable pest control in Jacksonville and can help you keep your home free of these dirty and dangerous pests.

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Clear Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation In Your Home

When roaches wander inside, they look for food, water, and shelter. Some of these species of bugs can fly, like the American cockroach, and some others use their wings to hop rather than fly. One of the first signs of a cockroach infestation is finding roach wings, legs, and discarded exoskeletons. Cockroaches molt their exoskeleton eight times before they reach adulthood.

Cockroach droppings in your home are a second clear sign of a roach infestation. These droppings look like coffee grounds and can smear on damp walls. Roaches also produce a visceral substance on the bottom of their feet that collect pathogens. This substance looks yellow on walls and is just one way this bug spreads disease.

Roaches don’t stay hidden for long; they travel in groups and never alone. Often you’ll see your first live roach at nighttime or anytime it rains. These nocturnal pests cannot swim, so they seek higher ground even if it is only lightly raining.

Why Cockroaches In Your Home Is A Hazard To Your Health

Cockroaches spread diseases easily because they are incredibly unsanitary insects. They eat raw and spoiled foods, then they live, eat, and sleep where they defecate, and then walk around with sticky feet wherever they go. And the places they go include sewers, trash piles, and other unsanitary environments. If you see signs of a roach infestation, it needs to be handled sooner rather than later. These pests tend to get comfortable quickly and multiply, and an increase in roaches increases the likelihood that someone could get sick.

Diseases spread by roaches include:

  • E. coli infection
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Giardia
  • Listeriosis
  • Salmonellosis

Other diseases not often found in the U.S. are typhoid fever, cholera, and dysentery. Cockroaches can spread these pathogens to people and to pets. One of the best foods a cockroach can find is dog and cat food. It isn’t unheard of for the family pet to get sick from one of the common illnesses caused by roaches like giardia.

How And Why Cockroaches Find Their Way Into Your Home

Roaches go to great lengths to find shelter. Some will scale huge trees, and others find their way right to your front door. If you’ve got damaged or worn weatherstripping, it’s easy for roaches to get through. You may be wondering how to keep cockroaches out of your house, and we’ve got some suggestions.

How to deter cockroaches:

  • Check the perimeter of your home for entryways. Holes in mesh screens, cracks in your foundation, and laundry vents can let roaches through.
  • Tidy food prep areas.
  • Seal away the garbage.
  • Don’t use coffee grounds as a soil booster too close to your home. Roaches love used coffee grounds.
  • Eliminate water sources. Roaches seek out water to drink, but they also like the opportunity to eat mosquitoes.
  • Lower your thermostat. Roaches prefer warmer climates, and lower temps will make it difficult for them to move around.
  • You can repel roaches with essential oils like peppermint and cedarwood oil.

These tips are effective for keeping roaches out, but once you have a problem, you want solutions that will work to get rid of cockroaches from your home for good. Don’t let roaches take over your home. Call Lindsey Pest Services.

The Most Effective Way to Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Home

The best cockroach pest control in Jacksonville is Lindsey Pest Services. We have a gold star track record and are dedicated to our customers' well-being. We provide traditional pest control services and also employ chemical alternatives and practical solutions when possible. We treat our customers and their homes with care while also doing our best to protect the environment we all share. If you need quality pest control, give us a call today!


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