How to Get Rid of American, German, Oriental & Smoky Brown Cockroaches in Summerfield, FL

Year 2700, post apocalypse, roaches and rats, everywhere. It is said that the only survivor after a nuclear exchange will be the cockroach. What makes the roach such a survivor and why are they so dangerous?

American Cockroach

Florida is inhabited by the American, German, Oriental and Smoky Brown roaches. The American cockroach is big compared to most U.S. bugs. Growing to over to over 1 ½ inches these guys are everywhere. Winged they attack from the air or snuggle in close to us from the ground. They’ll often fly into lights. These bugs prefer damp conditions, and live in our sewers, woodpiles and mulch. American cockroaches will devour everything. Sweets are an attractive source of food, and they destroy book bindings and the paste of wallpaper.

Smoky Brown Cockroach

The Smoky Browns are another large cockroach species. They fly as well, but are just slightly smaller than the American roach. These insects munch on plant material, but can consume organic debris once they invade your domicile. Smoky brown roaches enjoy eating pet food, indoor plants and other organics. Like the American cockroach they prefer moisture prone areas, and dry up quickly if denied a source of water. They don’t like vents or other sources of moving air.

Oriental Cockroach

About 1.25 inches long, Oriental cockroaches are found mostly outdoors, but during times of drought they may venture inside homes looking for water. Once indoors, you will mostly likely find them in areas with high moisture such as sewers and drains. Oriental roaches prefer to feed on all sorts of decaying matter which makes them especially partial to garbage cans. They are rarely found on walls or in cabinets and furniture.

German Cockroach

The German roach is the most common roach found in apartments, restaurants and hotels. Like the others, warmth, food and moisture define luxury living for these roaches. They prefer the dark, and with a large infestation they leave their feces about which resembles black pepper.

Cockroach Bacteria, Diseases & Health Problems

Across the U.S. there are 70 identified roach species with nearly 4,000 worldwide. The cockroach species that want to move in with us are referred to as ‘domiciliary’ species. The predominate are the German and American roaches.Cockroaches carry many types of bacteria such as Salmonella, Typhi (Typhoid), Poliomyelitis (causes Polio), Dysentary (bleeding diarrhea). Their hairy legs pick up bacteria and transfers the bacteria to what ever the bug walks over. They ingest the bacteria when cleaning themselves and then spread the bacteria by their feces. On top of that E. Coli, they also spread six types of parasitic worms and seven kinds of human pathogens. It gets worse, they also spread fungi and viruses as well as cause allergies in those susceptible. The scariest revelation is that the bacteria cockroaches carry have shown complete resistance to penicillin. Some that carry an antibiotic resistant bacterium that causes pneumonia has been found in hospitals. Studies have shown that bacteria and viruses that cause leprosy have been connected to the roach. These bacteria are dangerous. The very young and elderly are very susceptible to these disease organisms. The roaches, their disagreeable appearance aside, are killers, in that they represent a mechanical vector for many ailments.

Cockroach Prevention & Control

Cleaning up vegetable and paper debris is essential in preventing cockroaches. Wood, trash, boxes etc. are likely living space for these mini-monsters. A lot of roaches, like the German roach hitch a ride in packaging from bulk foods. Dispose of the packaging as soon as possible, eliminating hatching eggs. Professional treatment to an infestation is necessary. For your roach controls needs, contact a pest control professional such as Pest911. We can handle all of your pest control needs.

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