Roaches

Roach Control in Tampa, FL

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Much like death and taxes, confronting cockroaches on an annual basis is one of the few guarantees that Florida residents can bank on. Thanks to the local climate and geography, Florida is a haven for cockroaches of all kinds. To combat the problem effectively, it’s important for home and business owners to know what they’re up against before implementing pest control solutions.

What You Should Know About Cockroaches

Cockroaches are omnivorous insects distantly related to termites and thrive in hot and humid tropical climates. They feed on everything from food crumbs to dead skin depending on the species in question. The most common varieties can live for up to two years. A single female will produce several hundred eggs over the course of a lifetime.

How to Identify a Cockroach

Most Floridians will encounter at least one of three different cockroach variants: American, German and Smoky Brown. The American cockroach is the most common and the largest. Often referred to as water bugs, American cockroaches measure up to 2 inches in length and feature wings as well as reddish-brown bodies. They have a tendency to become airborne once the ambient temperature exceeds 85 degrees.

What Attracts Cockroaches to Your Home?

While cockroaches like any area that’s dark and damp, they tend to be drawn in by a reliable supply of food. An unkempt kitchen with plenty of food scraps under the cabinets is like catnip to these little critters. Cockroaches typically gain access to your home or office via gaps in the siding, drain grates and pipes.

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Commonly Asked Questions

How can I prevent a cockroach infestation in my Tampa property?

Preventing a cockroach infestation in Tampa involves maintaining a clean environment, especially in the kitchen, to eliminate food sources that attract roaches. Seal gaps in siding, grates, and pipes to block entry points. Regular pest control measures can also be effective in keeping cockroach populations at bay.

How can I get professional cockroach control services in Tampa?

For professional cockroach control services in Tampa, you can contact local exterminators who have experience dealing with the specific types of roaches in the area. Look for reputable pest control companies with positive reviews and a track record of effectively managing cockroach problems in Tampa Bay.

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Potential Dangers of a Cockroach Infestation

A swarm of cockroaches can adversely affect your person and possessions in a number of ways. A few good examples include:

Damaged Property

While cockroaches aren’t as dangerous as termites insofar as property damage is concerned, they can do a serious number on household goods. Since they go after anything based on cellulose, they’ve been known to attack books and textiles in particular. If you don’t eradicate cockroaches quickly once they appear, they can quickly destroy your library.

Health Issues

Like most insects, cockroaches are highly effective when it comes to spreading around illnesses via bacteria and viruses. Cockroaches have been known to increase the likelihood of food poisoning and diarrhea in households that aren’t cleaned often. Furthermore, cockroaches can potentially exacerbate allergic reactions and respiratory issues like asthma in particularly vulnerable individuals.

Reduced Quality of Life

Anyone that’s dealt with a cockroach infestation at some point knows that these pesky critters can disrupt a person’s peace of mind without a lot of effort. It’s difficult to relax when you’re constantly stomping these insects or worrying about them jumping on you when you’re trying to sleep. Cockroaches can also be surprisingly loud depending on the species in question.

DIY Remedies to Combat Cockroaches

Cockroach infestations can be a nuisance, but there are several do-it-yourself (DIY) remedies that can help control them without necessarily resorting to professional intervention. These remedies often involve using household items and natural ingredients to deter or eliminate cockroaches. 

Here are some effective DIY methods for cockroach control:

  • Boric Acid: Create a mixture of boric acid, sugar, and water to form a paste. Place small amounts of this paste in areas where cockroaches frequent. The sugar attracts them, while the boric acid acts as a poison.
  • Diatomaceous Earth: Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth in areas where cockroaches are present. This natural substance dehydrates insects upon contact and can be effective in controlling their population.
  • Essential Oils: Certain essential oils, such as peppermint oil, lavender oil, or tea tree oil, are known for their repellent properties. Mix a few drops of these oils with water and spray the solution around entry points and areas where cockroaches hide.
  • Homemade Traps: Create simple traps using jars or containers lined with petroleum jelly or duct tape. Place bait inside, such as bread soaked in beer or a mixture of sugar and baking soda. Cockroaches will be attracted to the bait and become trapped.
  • Cleaning and Sanitation: Keep your living space clean and free of food crumbs, grease, and standing water. Regularly vacuum and sweep floors, wipe down surfaces, and take out the trash to eliminate potential food sources for cockroaches.

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Taking Care of Business When Cockroaches Strike

While Floridians can try to stave off cockroaches through various preventative measures, serious action is required once they establish turf. The Tampa cockroach control experts at PestBear can quickly assess your cockroach problem and provide a free and accurate quote on extermination services. 

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