American cockroaches are interesting little creatures. They are large reddish brown insects with an oval shaped body and long antennae that can be distinguished by the yellow figure 8 pattern on their heads. It is very unusual to see them during the daytime because they are nocturnal and prefer to slink around in dark, damp areas; so they will hide away during the daytime hours and rest up for their nighttime run on your pantry.
These cockroaches are the largest house infesting cockroaches in the United States and are active when temperatures are 70 degrees or above. When living in the wild, cockroaches can be found on trees and flower beds or under mulch and frequent dirty germ infested areas like dumpsters and sewers while foraging for food. After gathering pathogens on their lanky little legs, they will sometimes enter your home in search of food; and they don’t check those germs at the door! They will spread disease wherever they travel and can cause bacterial infections from salmonella and other bacteria, parasitic worms, and asthma issues especially for children.
They will typically find your home a far more accommodating environment than the great outdoors and will set up housekeeping in your wall voids, basements, attics, bathrooms, and kitchens. They really don’t require much to be comfortable there. A few crumbs left under your toaster, refrigerator, or stove and a bit of moisture buildup from leaking or sweating pipes is all they need to consider your home a 5 star hotel.
Because of their allusive nature and their affinity for dark, damp spaces, cockroaches are little expert Houdinis that not only keep their presence a secret for a very long time, but they are also experts at evading capture and escaping death. For these reasons getting rid of cockroaches can be a difficult, if not impossible, task without the help of a trained professional.
If you live in Florida, the answer to your cockroach problem is Hoffer Pest. For over 40 years, Hoffer Pest has been the name Florida home and business owners have trusted for their pest control needs. Our knowledgeable, certified technicians have the experience to hunt down those cockroaches and the technology to safely eliminate them from your home. You also have the option to choose one of our year-round Home Shield protection plans to keep your home shielded from over 20 different common household pests including cockroaches.
If you have flipped on the kitchen light in the middle of the night and been startled by cockroaches scurrying away as quickly as they could, seen cockroach droppings, or noticed that distinctive musty odor that cockroaches create, give us a call. We will be glad to put all of our expertise to work for you to protect your home from cockroaches and other invading pests.