Roach Removal 101: What It Takes To Eliminate Cockroaches In Your Fort Myers Home

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Roaches are some of the most common pests that infest Fort Myers homes and are among the most despised. These dirty pests are never welcome houseguests and can be challenging to evict. Cockroaches are social insects, meaning finding even one cockroach in the house is a warning sign that there may be a lot more hiding throughout your home. 

In this guide, we will explain how to identify roaches and review the risks that you face when they are living in your home. We'll also provide effective prevention measures to help keep cockroaches out and let you know when to call the experts for assistance. Please continue reading to learn more about cockroach pest control in Fort Myers with Coastal Lawn and Pest.

Physical Characteristics Of Roaches: How To Identify Them

Identifying roaches at a glance can help you catch an infestation in its earliest stages. Two species are common in Fort Myers homes: the American cockroach (aka palmetto bug) and the German cockroach. The following list describes the physical characteristics of cockroaches in Fort Myers to help you differentiate them from other pests:

  • Roaches have an oval shape, antennae, six spiny legs, and wings, though they are more likely to run than fly.
  • German cockroaches are between 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long.
  • American cockroaches are much larger, growing between 1 1/4 and 2 1/8 inches long.
  • German cockroaches are light brown to tan, with two dark parallel stripes on their backs right behind the head.
  • American cockroaches are reddish-brown and often have a distinct yellowish figure-eight pattern on the back of the head.

If you have trouble identifying the type of pest in your home or need assistance eliminating them, the experts at Coastal Lawn and Pest are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a visit or request your free estimate.

Health Risks: Cockroaches Spread Disease And Trigger Allergies

Cockroaches are dirty insects that travel through decaying matter and sewage before they get into your home. Their spiny legs and bodies pick up all sorts of pathogens, germs, and bacteria like E. coli and salmonella that can contaminate your food and cooking surfaces. 

Roach saliva, urine, and feces can trigger allergic reactions and cause acute asthma attacks, especially in children. The sooner you can eliminate a cockroach infestation in your home, the safer everyone will be. Contact us now at Coastal Lawn and Pest to learn more about our roach control services or to schedule an appointment.

Effective Ways To Keep Roaches Out: Essential Prevention Measures

Learning how to keep cockroaches away can help you to avoid another infestation. Here are some of our most effective tips to get you started:

  • Install mesh screens over drains and vents.
  • Seal cracks and crevices to eliminate entryways.
  • Seal gaps around electric sockets and switch plates with silicone caulk.
  • Avoid leaving food sitting out, including pet food.

Keeping your home clean and tidy, especially in areas people eat, can help to deter roaches. Contact us today at Coastal Lawn and Pest to learn how our roach pest control can help to eliminate these pests and prevent them from returning.

Professional Cockroach Control: When To Call The Experts

Cockroaches can multiply quickly, and considering their health risks, it is best to eliminate them as soon as possible. The professional home pest control service technicians at Coastal Lawn and Pest are experts at cockroach removal and can help prevent them from coming back. Contact us now with questions or to schedule an inspection, and get back to having a pest-free home.