Cockroaches are one of the most common and annoying pests in Florida. They can infest your home and cause a variety of health problems. If you are struggling with roaches this summer, check out our list of do-it-yourself preventative tips to avoid their infestation.
Identify the Cockroach Species
There are several types of cockroaches that can be found in Florida, such as the American, brown-banded, German, oriental, and Smokybrown varieties. Each species has different habits, behaviors, and preferences, including preference of warm and humid areas or dry and cool places. Some roaches are more active at night, while others can be seen during the day. Other roaches can fly, while some cannot. Knowing the type of cockroach, you are dealing with can help you choose the best treatment and prevention methods. If you find you cannot identify what kind of roaches you are dealing with, contact a local pest professional for assistance in identification.
Clean Your House Thoroughly
One of the main reasons why cockroaches invade your home or business is because they are attracted to food, water, and shelter. It’s best to eliminate these sources as much as possible. Clean your house thoroughly and regularly, especially the kitchen and bathroom. Wipe down countertops, sinks, stoves, and appliances. Sweep and mop the floors. Vacuum carpets and furniture. Dispose of garbage frequently and keep it in sealed containers if possible.
Seal Up Entry Ways
Cockroaches can find their way into your home in many ways. Inspect your home to find any of these potential entryways and seal them up. Common places for entry and activity are places like bathrooms, kitchens, exterior doorways, and windows. Sealing with caulk, spray foam, or weatherstripping will help keep the creepy crawlers out of your home.
Hire a Professional
As stated above, if you have a severe or persistent cockroach infestation that you cannot handle on your own, you may need to hire a pest control professional. A professional can inspect your property, identify the cockroach species, apply the most effective treatments, and provide ongoing prevention tips.