When you think of cockroaches, you probably imagine an unsanitary pest that is difficult to remove, and these are definitely true things about these dangerous creatures. However, there are many things about cockroaches that the average person doesn’t know. For one thing, there are actually around 4,500 different species of cockroaches in the world. And, while this number might be staggering, there are really only a few kinds of cockroaches in Tampa, Florida that you have to worry about.
Of the species found in the area, the German cockroach is the most common. These small roaches invade both homes and businesses alike, and they can be extremely hard to eliminate once an infestation begins. Also, they are even more unclean than you might realize and having them around can be dangerous for your health.
The Appearance Of German Cockroaches
The German cockroach looks similar to other species in that it has a long, oval-shaped body, six legs, and wings that lie flat on its back. However, you can identify the German cockroach over other species by looking for a few characteristics. The main identifying feature is that they have two black stripes that run parallel behind their heads. They are also a tan color and are only about five-eighths of an inch long.
German Cockroaches & Health Risks
Cockroaches thrive in environments with a lot of humidity and are close to food sources, so you'll commonly find them in bathrooms and kitchens. They will get into all kinds of food, and anything they touch, you will need to throw out. Also, they can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
However, the biggest health concern with German cockroaches is that they are known to spread illnesses, and some of the pathogens they carry can be severe and even deadly. These roaches can transmit salmonellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, gastroenteritis, dysentery, and E. coli. Because of these risks, it's essential to remove any cockroaches from your home immediately.
But, unfortunately, cockroaches aren't easy pests to remove. They reproduce quickly, and they can hide in many tiny areas that people can't see or access, including small cracks in the walls. Also, cockroaches are resistant to many pesticides.
Some Simple Cockroach Prevention Tips
While cockroaches are extremely difficult to eliminate, you can take steps to prevent them if you aren't already dealing with an infestation. It's not always possible to completely deter these pests, but you can make your home less appealing to them by following these steps:
Keep kitchen areas cleaned by wiping up crumbs and spills immediately, sweeping and mopping, and regularly washing dirty dishes.
Store pet food in sealed containers.
Make it harder for cockroaches to get inside by replacing broken screens.
Reduce the humidity in your home by using dehumidifiers and fixing leaky plumbing.
Take out the trash often and place lids on all garbage cans.
How To Safely Remove German Cockroaches
If you already have a cockroach infestation on your Tampa, FL property or want to prevent them in the future, the safest and most effective way to do so is with help from the Bold Servicing professionals.
We provide ongoing home pest control plans and also offer commercial pest management services to keep all cockroaches in the area away from your property. Give us a call today to find out more and request a quote.