The Trick To Keeping Cockroaches Out Of Your Miami-Dade County Home

February 7, 2021

Miami-Dade county is one of the most diverse places in the United States, and it’s simply an amazing place to live. With something for everyone, from beachgoers to nature junkies, or big-city movers and shakers always on the go, Miami-Dade County is bustling with life.

However, part of all this life is, unfortunately, home-invading pests like cockroaches. Roaches are one of the most common home invaders in Miami-Dade County, and the more you learn about them, the more you’ll realize why they’re so common. You’ll also find out exactly why you don’t want them on your property.

a german cockroach sitting on glass

South Florida Roaches: The Danger Is Real

When most people see a roach in their house, they’re naturally afraid of it. These dark brown insects that measure anywhere from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long just look downright scary. With slimy-looking outer shells and somewhat of an alien-like appearance, they’re very uncomfortable to have around. And while this fear doesn’t seem to be grounded in any sort of factual danger, you’re right to be scared of them. Roaches may not attack humans, but they can still create severe health problems for you and your family.

Everyone knows that roaches are not something you want to have in your home, but what you might not know is what makes them so dangerous. Since roaches (when they’re not invading your Miami-Dade County home) prefer to hunt for food in some of the most contaminated areas in town, they’ll put you at risk for serious disease.

You see, the very same bacteria they pick up in places like sewers and landfills can be transferred to your frequently touched items, your furniture, and your meal preparation areas. Many roach infestations are often followed by cases of salmonellosis, E. coli, and other dangerous diseases. They’ll also secrete a pathogen as they move around that causes an allergic reaction in many adults and children.

Prevention And Eradication Errors

Since roaches can be so dangerous to your health, you obviously want to keep them out at all costs. However, this is much easier said than done. Equipped with strong yet flexible exoskeletons, roaches are nearly crush-proof and can flatten their bodies to squeeze through the cracks and crevices in your home. This allows them to squeeze out of dangerous situations and infiltrate many of your stored items like food, decorations, linens, etc. Since they’re so hard to keep out, you’re probably better off focusing on limiting the factors that will attract them in the first place (like moisture buildup and crumbs). Practicing the following prevention methods is a great first step towards reducing roach attraction to your home:

  • Addressing moisture issues with a dehumidifier
  • Monitoring your pipes for leaks
  • Storing food and trash in secured containers
  • Limiting crumbs with regular cleaning
  • Wiping down eating surfaces, tables, and kitchen counters
  • Storing pet food in sealed containers
  • Avoiding dishes left in the sink overnight
  • Putting away leftover food promptly

Now, we mentioned how easily roaches get in, so limiting their access points can be hard but not impossible. One thing you can look for to identify their main entry points is to check for any yellowing around cracks/crevices. The same allergic reaction-inducing pathogen that roaches secrete will also leave a small stain. Using silicone-based caulk to seal these potential entry points can limit further infestation.

As effective as these methods can be, once the roaches are in, they’re nearly impossible to get rid of on your own. If you think you may have a roach problem, the very best way to deal with it is to contact the professionals at Amco Pest Solutions.

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