When people think of Tampa they think of white sand beaches, green water as far as the eye can see, suntanned people, palm-leafed cabanas and foldout chairs in the shade of giant, brightly colored umbrellas. They don't think of cockroaches. Nor should they. But the truth is cockroaches love Tampa just as much as we do. In fact, they love it so much; they've put us on the map...the pest infestation map.
In July of 2015 Bloomberg News compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau's biennial accounting of rat, mouse, and cockroach sightings across the country, and drew up some charts. Guess who was the chart-topper for cockroach sightings in the U.S.? You guessed it. Tampa. Out of the 25 metropolitan cities surveyed, Tampa had the most roach sightings by households.
The Bloomberg News agency was quick to point out that the data is slightly skewed in that some major cities weren't chosen for this accounting run. Most notable of these being: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas. And, sightings did not include public areas like subways and sidewalks. But it is still a grim report.
If you own a home or business in Tampa, it is important to understand that we are all in this together. Each of us has a part to play in how successful cockroaches will be at increasing their populations. There is no doubt that these are clever and resilient insects that can go long periods of time without eating, but when food is scarce, cockroaches will be spending more of their time looking for food and less time breeding.
Controlling food sources will not stop cockroaches entirely, but it will make other control efforts more effective. Here are some ways you can hide the food.
Keep trash in plastic bags and keep plastic bags inside sealed containers. This will keep roaches from feeding and also keep your trash from luring roaches in.
Keep fruit inside your fridge instead of on the counter or dining room table.
Store pet food between meals. Cockroaches love the tasty treats you feed your dog or cat.
Keep vulnerable pantry items in sealed plastic containers. Cockroaches can chew into paper and some cardboard packages.
Leave dishes in soapy water, instead of in a stack next to the sink. The water doesn't have to be hot; it just has to be soapy.
If you need help protecting your food sources from cockroaches, our roach experts would be happy to advise you. McCall Service has been serving the people of Florida since 1928, and we have the most effective Eco-friendly pest solutions available in the industry. Together, we can send those roaches packing.