Roaches Living in Your Home?
Updated: Sep 21, 2018
Date August 8, 2018
Roaches can be a nuisance in and around the house. Not only are they creepy but they can live in the worst conditions. Don’t get me wrong, some like palmetto bugs are useful to our ecosystem but when they come into the house they become a problem. So how do you know if you’re allowing them to live in your home? Read more below for what they look like and where they like.
What do they look like?
There are many different types of roaches such as German, Oriental, Australian, American, and Florida Woods and they vary in size and color. They do have some aspects in common which you can notice immediately to see if you have them. Typically they range in color from a light brown to red or black. Depending on their stages in life they can be around 1-2 inches in length as adults.
What do they like?
Although there are different types most roaches like dark, damp, and warm environments. This is not great for those who live in Florida where it’s 2 of 3 preferred habitats. Inside they like to live in or around bathrooms, sinks, washrooms, and kitchens. Outside they are found under decaying litter, under logs, and in palmetto or other trees.
What do they eat?
Roaches are scavengers so they eat pretty much anything they can find. They can eat bread crumbs, vegetable peels, decaying matter, and anything in between. Luckily, the Florida Woods Cockroach prefers sewage and dead plant matter so they aren’t big fans of urban settlements. Unfortunately, others thrive indoors and prefer it.
How to prevent them in your home?
Clean. This is the best way to keep these unwanted roommates out. This means cleaning up spills, counter tops, appliances, and sweeping regularly. Another way is to seal any food as tight as possible such as pet food or bread loaves. They need to eat and if you make it easy for them they’ll be glad to move in.
For reducing them outdoors you can rotate any compost or soil around your yard so they can’t colonize. You also should make sure your garbage can is sealed and nothing is able to escape its confines.
Calling a pest control company, like Seabreeze that can identify and eliminate them before they’re a problem in the house.
For more information about roaches visit the University of Florida’s page: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig082