One of the most frustrating as well as disgusting and difficult to get rid of pest is cockroaches. Cockroaches are resilient pests which can invade your Tampa home by the thousands and once they find their way into your home, it is extremely difficult to get rid of them unless you have the appropriate type of pest control. The warm Florida weather helps these pests thrive and encourage breeding, so if you notice one cockroach there are probably thousands more hiding throughout your home that you can’t see. The following tips will help you recognize the signs of a cockroach infestation, when to contact someone for pest control and how to prevent future infestations.
Signs of a Roach Infestation
Cockroaches are able to thrive and multiply in almost any environment, but they are especially drawn to the areas where there is food, food storage and food preparation. They also prefer dark, warm spots such as under the sinks and in the walls. Although roaches are nocturnal, if you have a severe infestation you will be able to see them at any time of the night or day. One of the most obvious signs of an infestation is a trail or small piles of feces left by the cockroaches. The feces looks similar to black pepper, but you may also notice their brown egg casings. Many people also notice an odor which is similar to wallpaper glue. There are a number of different roach species, so it is essential that you hire a professional pest control service to ensure the correct method of extermination is used for the type of species infesting your home.
Potential Health Risks
One of the most important reasons for pest control in Tampa to get rid of a cockroach infestation is the potential risk of health problems that cockroaches may cause. Cockroaches carry a multitude of germs, disease and bacteria, and they can easily deposit these contaminants throughout your entire home. Without the appropriate pest control, there is a serious risk of your family coming in direct contact with the diseases cockroaches carry. Some of the more serious diseases they carry include:
These diseases can be life threatening to humans. Additionally, cockroach contaminants can also trigger allergies or asthma symptoms, especially in children and the elderly.
How to Get Rid of an Infestation
One of the most common mistakes people make is to buy over-the-counter pesticides which promise to get rid of cockroaches. However, there are several new strains of cockroaches that are completely immune to these products, so it is a complete waste of your time and money to use these products in attempts to get rid of a true infestation. The only way to completely get rid of a cockroach infestation is with a professional company for pest control in Tampa. Exterminators will be able to determine the type of cockroach infestation you have and use the appropriate method to get rid of them as well as prevent them from coming back in the future.
It is important to keep in mind that cockroaches produce hundreds of eggs, so later hatchings can cause another infestation. To avoid another infestation it is best to have routine professional pest control, like the services offered by Chet’s Pest Management, for your home. It is also helpful to keep all food items tightly sealed, clean up spills immediately and avoid the clutter which provides these pests an ideal environment.
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