cockroachJust about every homeowner is familiar with the sight of a cockroach skittering across the floor, particularly after turning on a light late at night. Not only do they invade our homes, but they eat our food, sometimes cause a bad smell, and the sight of them has a tendency to give most people the shivers.

Cockroaches aren’t just a distasteful nuisance. Many studies have been conducted by Orlando pest control experts and scientists which cite numerous ways that they can be harmful to your health. In addition to carrying bacteria, parasites, and several other pathogens, the presence of roaches can also trigger allergic reactions and intensify asthma symptoms, particularly in children.

When roaches are present, they leave behind saliva, droppings, and their decomposing bodies and egg-cases. The presence of these unappealing elements release particulates and chemicals into the air that can trigger reactions that range from itchy skin to coughs and even acute asthmatic symptoms.

Cockroaches can enter your home via a number of entry points, including these common ones:

  • Being carried in with groceries
  • Cracks in window sealant
  • With your luggage brought back from trips
  • Cracks and gaps around electrical and gas lines, and in cupboards and walls
  • Leaks and drips around pipes

Once they enter your home, cockroaches can create networks of 800 or more members, making them very difficult to eradicate. If you spot one cockroach in your home, chances are, there are many more. You best course of action is to call an Orlando pest control specialist to handle the problem for you. One way you can help is to identify the type of cockroach you’ve seen–the seven most commonly found roaches in Central Florida are: Florida Woods, American, Smokybrown, Brown, Australian, German and Asian.

The German, Asian and Australian roaches are small, generally little more than a half inch long. The larger cockroaches–American, Brown, and the Smokybrown generally run from one to two inches in length and are often collectively referred to as palmetto bugs. Though they may appear scarier, the larger cockroaches generally prefer the outdoors; thus, most home infestations are at the hands (or the legs) of the smaller variety.

To ensure the health and safety of your family, contact the Orlando pest control experts at Apex Pest Control at the first sign of cockroaches (either spotting them, or finding their droppings or egg-cases)–we have the most innovative techniques and technology available to free your home from unwelcome pests. Call us to request an initial visit. Afterwards, we can work with you to set up a convenient treatment plan to fit your needs.