Cockroaches go by a lot of different names, including water bugs, palmetto bugs and croton bugs. There are actually about 70 distinct species of cockroaches in the United States, but the most pervasive species in Florida homes are the Florida wood roach, brown and smokybrown cockroach, and Australian, Asian, and German cockroach. Here’s a quick look at a few of the more common Florida cockroaches:
The American Cockroach is the biggest home-invading cockroach in the entire state of Florida, and it’s also one of the largest cockroaches period since it can often approach 1.5-2.0 inches in length. Some people refer to the American Cockroach as the “water bug” or sometimes even the “flying water bug” because American Cockroaches have well-developed wings. These cockroaches are reddish-brown and like to hang out in warm and damp indoor conditions or near pipes (e.g., basements).
Florida Wood Roach
The Florida Wood Roach is more common in Northern parts of Florida like Jacksonville and this species of cockroach tends to be found more outdoors (dry, mulchy areas) rather than indoors. The Florida Wood Roach, however, will come indoors during wintertime, on occasion, when the temperature drops. Florida Wood Roaches are dark brown and tend to be some of the biggest at around 1.5 to 2 inches.
The German Cockroach—although smaller at around half an inch in overall length—creates loads of problems for Floridians since their very short maturation cycle means they can increase their numbers in a hurry. In fact, German Cockroaches are the species most associated with infestations in Florida. These kinds of cockroaches like to stay within a six-foot radius of their water source, so they’re frequently found around bathrooms and your home’s kitchen. They’re a big problem in restaurants and company warehouses as well.
Where Cockroaches Like to Hide
Out in nature, cockroaches are decomposers who actually feed on things like dying plants. The reason that Florida businesses and homeowners, though, consider cockroaches a pest is that they are known to ruin clothing and food stores, secrete a bad smelling oily liquid, lower home values, and even spread dangerous diseases like dysentery and Salmonella, if left unchecked by pest control.
There’s a significant “yuck” factor when dealing with cockroaches, and as nocturnal insects, they like nothing more than resting in a dry, warm place in your home and going undetected. Cockroaches often like hiding behind refrigerators or within wall cavities as well as within bathroom crevices, roof voids or behind crates in warehouse factories. Actually, because cockroaches would rather rest up and feed in the darkness, you may be dealing with a serious infestation if you notice cockroaches scurrying around during the daylight hours at your home or place of work.
Recognizing the Problem at Hand
Whether you have an infestation or only a minor problem with cockroaches on your property, you’ll often know about the problem by the nauseating odor—caused by cockroach excrement and the oily liquid that these pests secrete—an allergic reaction or even an asthma attack caused by household contact with cockroach’s antennas, shed skin or feces. We warned you that there was a definite “yuck” factor involved!
Integrated pest control (IPC) and power spraying the perimeter and entry points of affected areas in your home or workplace is the most effective, long-term means of preventing infestations in the state of Florida. Although glue strips, gel bait and boric acid are a few home remedies, they may not be enough to prevent an infestation at your home or office. Call Guarantee Pest or contact us for a free inspection of your property today.