Things Every Jacksonville Resident Should Know About Cockroaches This Summer

August 16, 2019

a cockroach crawling along a wooden table top in a jacksonville kitchen

Sealing Your Jacksonville Home Off from Late Summer Cockroaches

There’s a reason why insects are called pests. Insects can cause damage and frustration in a variety of ways. Cockroaches are commonly described as one of the worst pests. While at a quick glance it doesn’t seem like cockroaches could be as bad as something like a wasp that causes immediate pain, the reality is that cockroaches are dangerous and should not be allowed to roam free in your home.

Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

Most people know that cockroaches are disgusting, but did you know they are also dangerous? Cockroaches can carry more than 30 bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 parasitic worms. They have been known to transmit diseases such as salmonella and dysentery. They can also cause allergic reactions for some people and their presence can exacerbate asthma problems.

Why Are Cockroaches Active?

Cockroaches love moisture, and summer in Florida includes high levels of humidity. This causes more movement on the part of cockroaches that are constantly searching for food, water, and shelter. During the summers in Florida temperatures can get very high. In order to avoid the direct heat, cockroaches may try to find cooler temperatures inside houses.

How Do Cockroaches Get Inside?

There are many ways cockroaches can enter a home. They can fit through incredibly tight spaces. Cockroaches can get through cracks in the exterior of your home, the opening around a window or doorway, or a small hole in a screen. These insects can also get into a house by climbing through plumping or through vents. You can even unknowingly bring them inside by carrying in a box or furniture from outside.

What Attracts Cockroaches?

There are some things that are more likely to attract cockroaches into your home. Cockroaches are attracted to filth. They’ll find any uncovered and unsealed garbage cans, compost piles, or fecal matter. Cockroaches will stay in your home if they find moist areas to live. You’ll often find them in bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms. A leaky pipe or any other water buildup will bring them running. Cockroaches will also be attracted to food. Uncovered food on the counter, crumbs on the floor, or spills can all attract roaches.

How to Prevent a Cockroach Infestation?

The best way to deter roaches is to keep your house clean. Cockroaches are drawn to clutter, so less clutter means fewer bugs. Keep trash covered. Use sealed garbage cans outside and covered trash cans inside. Change your trash often and never leave a bag of garbage exposed.

You can also reduce your chances of a cockroach infestation by making it more difficult to get in. Check the outside of your house for holes or cracks which could be letting cockroaches, and other bugs, inside. Also check the screens on your doors and windows for any rips that could be letting in cockroaches.

Finally, consider professional pest control services. At Lindsey Pest Services, we have years of experience dealing with cockroaches and other pests. We can address your situation and create a custom plan to rid your house of cockroaches and prevent future bugs from coming inside. With our training, experience, tools, and products, we can eliminate each and every cockroach from your home.


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