The very thought of a cockroach in your kitchen grosses out most people. They are one of those nasty creepy crawlies that no one likes, but the reality is, if you live in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tampa, or anywhere else throughout Florida you will most likely encounter one of these creatures sooner or later. The most commonly found Florida cockroaches are the German cockroach and the American cockroach, but we also have the Australian cockroach, Florida woods roaches, smoky brown cockroaches, and brown banded cockroaches, to name a few.
Unfortunately, once cockroaches have made their way into your home they can be very difficult to get rid of. There are some small actions that you can take that may help you out.
Eliminate food and water sources – This is most likely what attracted the roaches into your house in the first place. Water is very important to a cockroach. If a cockroach has access to water, it can go over a month without feeding. However, they will only live 12 to 14 days without water. Cockroaches come out at night to feed, so before you go to bed make sure the kitchen is very clean. Clean up any messes or crumbs from the floor, make sure all food is put up, and make sure there is no standing water anywhere. Check to make sure the sink is drained, and pick the dog’s water dish up off the floor.
Clean up clutter – Cockroaches like warm, moist, and dark places to hide. Piles of newspaper or old boxes are prime cockroach territory. Getting organized and throwing out old newspapers, magazines, and cardboard will help eliminate some cockroach hiding places.
Seal entry points – The best way to prevent cockroaches from infesting your home is to keep them out in the first place. Replacing screens that are torn, covering drains with mesh screen and installing door sweeps will make it harder for cockroaches to gain entry.
If these do it yourself cockroach prevention tips do no work, it is highly recommended to contact a professional Florida exterminator. Cockroaches can carry many different diseases, and have even been known to cause asthma. McCall Service is a family owned pest control company that services most of Florida. Call us at 1-800-342-6948 or contact us online to request a quote for cockroach extermination.