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Why Do I Have American Cockroaches in My Clean Home & How to Get Rid of Roaches in Fruitland Park, FL

Here in Florida there is a large variety of pests we deal with throughout the year. How much you know about each of these pests varies largely from one individual to the next. Most of the time people only learn about a particular pest when they have a personal encounter with them. You may also learn about pests that some of your friends and neighbors talk about. As we learn about these different pests we frequently do not learn all of the facts. Today Pest911 wants to teach you all about cockroaches so that if you have a run in with them in the future you already know all about them. There are over 24 different species of cockroaches. We are going to focus on the American cockroach today.

What Do American Cockroaches Look Like?

American cockroaches are between 1 ¼ inch to 2 1/8 inch in length. They are oval in shape, have six legs, and antennae. They are typically reddish brown with a yellowish figure eight pattern on the back of their heads. Both female and male American cockroaches have wings and can fly short distances.

Signs of an American Cockroach Infestation

There are some common signs that you have an American cockroach infestation in your home. First you will see these fast-moving insects fleeing to hide when you turn on the lights. They like to come out when it is dark. As soon as the lights come back on they will hide as fast they can. Another sign is that you will see little cockroach droppings in the places they like to hide. Their droppings are blunt on the ends with edges on the side. Many times people think they are mouse droppings because they look similar to each other. Another sign is that your home may have a musty smell that you just cannot find. If someone in your home has a sensitive nose they will notice this before everyone else.

Why Do I Have American Roaches in My Clean House?

When cockroaches come into your home they are looking for food or shelter. They will come into your home finding a relief from the changing climate outside. They like to live in an area that is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They get into your home through any means possible. If there is a small hole in your door or window seals, cracks in your walls, or doors left open they will use these small spaces to get inside your home. Once they get into your home they will make their way into your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or laundry room in search of food and water.

Cockroach Prevention

One of the best things you can do to make sure you do not have a cockroach problem in your home is to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place. Twice a year you should inspect your home thoroughly. You want to look for gaps and cracks that might be letting cockroaches or other insects inside your home. You will also want to make sure that your garbage and landscaping is nice and clean throughout the year. Cockroaches like to live in piles of vegetation or trash because they have access to food and water.

Cockroach Control

If you do get cockroaches in your home they can be extremely hard to get rid of on your own. Here at Pest911 we have experts that know what to do to get rid of the cockroaches that have infested your home. Give us a call today so that we can set up your appointment today.

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