Why Are the Cockroaches In Jacksonville So Hard To Get Rid Of?

December 17, 2021

Cockroaches are troublesome insects with a flat body, six legs, and wings that sometimes invade Jacksonville homes. They are typically oily and odorous. More than 60 species of cockroaches exist throughout the U.S., and they are sometimes referred to as palmetto bugs or water bugs. In outdoor environments, they primarily consume plants or animals that are alive or dead. 

An American cockroach in a kitchen.

The most common types that plague homes and businesses in the Jacksonville region include: 

  • American cockroach: The American cockroach is among the largest types, having a reddish-brown body that often exceeds two inches long.
  • German cockroach: The German cockroach has a pair of distinctive stripes behind its head and appears in shades of tan or brown.
  • Asian cockroach: Often mistaken for the German cockroach because of its appearance, the Asian cockroach usually can fly and is attracted to sources of light
  • Australian cockroach: Despite being much more common in Florida’s southern region, the Australian cockroach may be found indoors in this region, particularly when temperatures cool.

Those with inconsistent cleaning habits, such as failing to sweep up crumbs or wipe up spills, are likely to encounter cockroaches indoors. 

Cockroaches eat the majority of foods that humans do; therefore, avoid leaving dirty dishes out overnight or leaving food scraps in trash containers without lids. 

The Dangers Of Cockroaches 

Cockroaches are scavengers that routinely travel through trash, sewers, and drains with exposure to pathogens. Cockroaches are known to carry salmonellosis, cholera, E.coli, and other harmful concerns. The combination of the skin that they shed and their excrement may also trigger allergic reactions.

Why Are Cockroaches So Difficult To Expel?

Cockroaches are incredibly resilient creatures that often survive exposure to store-bought insect control products. Their bodies are equipped with a durable exoskeleton that can withstand being struck with brooms and other objects, and they are surprisingly fast. They will quickly retreat through small openings to avoid capture. 
Cockroach infestations are also difficult to eliminate because of their ability to reproduce. Cockroaches begin as eggs that develop into nymphs before reaching adulthood. Females produce capsule-like sacs that often contain dozens of eggs at a time. 
Indoor cockroach problems tend to rapidly worsen, as these pests naturally leave a trail of pheromones that is easily detected and attract others. 

Consulting With A Professional Pest Exterminator 

Too many home and business owners underestimate the problems that cockroaches can create. What begins as a rather minor intrusion often quickly develops into a full-blown infestation that is uncontrollable. Many of these individuals are do-it-yourself types that will purchase store-bought treatment options through online retailers and local home improvement stores. 
Mass-marketed products often include sprays, baiting stations, traps, and others commonly promoted as a “quick fix” to pest-related problems. Weeks or months later, these efforts typically prove ineffective as the pests persist and result in further frustration. Making matters worse, some of these options might contain harsh chemical agents that pose health risks. 

Experienced Pest Control Company In Jacksonville

Lindsey Pest Services is a locally-owned provider of pest control solutions that have delivered positive results for residential and commercial customers in this region for decades. Our organization is committed to operating in a manner that protects the safety of our customers and the local environment. We use many of the latest products and treatment methods that are recommended by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and many other industry leaders that prioritize safety. 
Part of our formula for lasting success involves offering the highest-quality customer service in the pest control market. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation that involves a detailed interior and exterior property inspection.  


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