You DO NOT want German cockroaches in your home! They sneak around your kitchen and pantry at night and spread dangerous pathogens wherever they step. German cockroaches are the worst and can cause intestinal bacterial diseases like Salmonella and E. coli. They transmit the bacteria by picking it up from trash and sewer sources and carrying it on their legs and bodies. When they walk around your house, scuttle across your floors, or march across your kitchen counter, they deliver those germs to you and your family. They can also carry parasites the same way. Your home and family are important, so you will want to be proactive to prevent the serious illnesses that cockroaches carry. Being proactive begins with a thorough inspection and a few changes to your home.
To exclude cockroaches, start by blocking all of their entrances and eliminating their food sources. Keep in mind that they will eat anything, including soap and toothpaste. Some things for you to consider include:
- Keep food in airtight containers
- Keep floors and trash areas tidy
- Immediately clean up any type of spills
- Tightly seal window and door frames
- Store debris and trash away from your home
- Fill in all cracks and crevices in your home
- Check your attic and foundation for gaps
- Replace or fix damaged screens and vents
- Check around pipes and wires for any entry points
You may not even see the cockroaches, but they could be lurking around in the dark, moist areas of your Southern Florida home. They could be hiding in your attic, damp basement, around pipes, or under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. They enter your home through small cracks, crevices, broken screens, vents, pipes with gaps around them, and loose window and door frames
Another tool in keeping cockroaches out of your home is for you to understand a bit about them. First of all, roaches are rapid reproducers. They can go from a few to a full-blown infestation in a very short period of time. That’s not all! The dried droppings of the roaches can break down and get into the air and cause an allergic reaction or asthma in some people; and the pheromones that the German cockroach emits can cause a terrible musty smell in your home.
So how do you know if that bug you saw scurry across your kitchen wall was a German cockroach? These roaches are ½ - 1 inch long, brown, and oval shaped with dark lines running down their back. They do have wings, but quickly scurry around instead of flying away.
Most importantly, you should always seek a knowledgeable professional pest control service that has the experience needed to prevent a roach invasion and to rid your home of the German cockroaches that are already there. Here in the South Florida, that trusted professional is Hoffer Pest Solutions. With over 4 decades of local pest control experience, our highly trained and certified specialists stand ready to combat any South Florida pest issue you may have, including a cockroach infestation.
South Florida cockroaches are tough, but they are no match for the experienced roach experts here at Hoffer Pest Solutions. Give us a call today to set up your pest inspection.