Miami-Dade County's Ultimate Guide To Cockroach Control

October 14, 2020

When we say bacteria-ridden, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A sewer? A trash heap? Roadkill? What if we told you that cockroaches are just as, if not more, bacteria-ridden than all three of these things? If you have heard about cockroaches, but not of the dangerous sickness vectors they carry, we have some useful information for you today. Here is an in-depth guide to cockroach control for your Miami-Dale home.

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Common Home Invading Cockroaches

The world is full of cockroaches, 4,500 species to be precise. Thankfully, only a few of these species live here in Miami-Dale. Here is how to identify the three species that commonly invade homes.

American Cockroaches: Known for being the largest species of cockroach here in the United States, American cockroaches are best identified by their reddish-brown, 1 ¼” to 2 ⅛” long bodies, and the yellowish figure-eight pattern on the back of their head.

German Cockroaches: By far the most common home-invading roach around the world, the German roach is best identified by their light brown to tan, ½” to ⅝” long bodies, and the two dark stripes located on their backs.

Smoky brown Cockroach: Known for hanging around warm and humid areas, smoky brown cockroaches are identified by their shiny mahogany, 1 ½” long bodies, and the whitish colored stripe on their thorax and the tip of their antennae.

All cockroaches share one thing in common. They are all dangerous. Known for carrying 33 dangerous bacteria, eight different human pathogens, and seven parasitic worms, cockroaches possess many ways to get you and your family sick. On top of this, they also trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions with their shed skin, fecal matter, and urine. Trust us when we tell you, cockroaches are not a pest you want in your home.

Factors That Attract Cockroaches To Homes

Three factors draw cockroaches into homes, food, water, and shelter. These three things are found in several different ways.

Cockroaches find food from crumbs on the ground to paper on your desk, to the nail clippings in your trash can. Truthfully, there isn’t much cockroaches won’t eat.

Cockroaches find water around leaky pipes, dripping fixtures, and water build-up around homes.

Cockroaches find shelter anywhere they can have their back and belly against a surface at the same time, such as beneath kitchen appliances or cracks in the wall or flooring.

If your home provides these three things, cockroaches will want to invade.

How To Eliminate/Reduce Cockroach Attractants

To prevent cockroaches around your home, try these quick tips to eliminate or reduce attractants and entry points.

  • Investigate your home’s exterior for cracks, gaps, and openings. Seal these potential entry points in using a caulking gun or some liquid cement.
  • Make sure all of your window and door screens are in good working condition.
  • Repair or replace damaged weather stripping.
  • Address moisture problems by repairing leaky pipes, fixing broken gutters, and using a dehumidifier inside.
  • Reduce the clutter in and around your home.
  • Keep your lawn well maintained and landscaping well-trimmed.
  • Clean inside regularly, and be careful not to leave leftover food out.
  • Pick up after your pets and clean out their food and water bowls after they finish with them.

How Amco Treats Cockroaches

DIY cockroach prevention is not always the best solution, especially if you don't do it perfectly. To ensure your home stays cockroach-free year-round, get the professionals here at Amco Pest Solutions involved. We will put in place high-quality treatments around your home designed to deter dangerous roaches.

Give us a call today to find out what over 80 years of pest control excellence looks like for your home.

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