How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches: A Comprehensive Guide For Fort Myers Homeowners

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Local cockroach control is still the best way to resolve cockroach problems in the home, and we’re about to explain why. 

Cockroaches are some of the most ubiquitous pests in the United States, and they can be an especially big problem in the Fort Myers area. They can subsist on almost anything, and once they’ve found a place to make a nest, getting them to leave can be incredibly difficult. 

But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Knowing why cockroaches do what they do makes it much easier to keep your home safe from these pests for the long term. Coastal Lawn and Pest welcomes you to a comprehensive guide to practical cockroach control and prevention. Let’s get started. 

Understanding The Cockroach Problem: Identifying The Culprits

Of course, identifying cockroaches in your home is a key step for having them removed. Different pests need to be handled differently. In general, you can identify cockroaches based on their appearance and their behavior. 

Starting with their appearance, cockroaches are relatively large insects, around 1 to 2 inches long. They have six legs, two antennae, and a pair of wings. Regardless of species, cockroaches tend to look shiny. They can be brown, beige, red, or black in color.  

Cockroach behavior is frequently driven by their eating habits. But what do cockroaches eat? Cockroaches generally prefer eating meat, sweet foods, grains, and starches, but they don’t stop there. Cockroaches can survive on paper products and dried plants. They need water to survive, so they’re attracted to standing water and moist environments. 

If you’re still unsure of whether the pests in your home are cockroaches, try to take a photo of the pest and show it to a pest control professional. You can also schedule an inspection by calling us at Coastal Lawn and Pest. 

Health Hazards Of Cockroaches: Protecting Your Family

Do cockroaches carry disease? Yes they do, and this is why cockroaches are considered dangerous to humans. 

Cockroaches are highly unlikely to attack a person outright, but they can contaminate surfaces and foods easily. Cockroaches are capable of spreading the polio virus, streptococcus, salmonella, and many other diseases. 

If there is a cockroach presence in your home, you can mitigate health risks by cleaning often and keeping cockroaches out of key areas, but the safest option all-around is to have the cockroaches, all of the cockroaches, removed. 

Expert Cockroach Elimination: Call In The Pros Right Away

Roach control can take different forms, depending on the situation, but as a rule of thumb, you should contact a pest control service as soon as you notice any signs of cockroaches in your home. 

No matter how developed an infestation is, the sooner you call in professional help, the better. Cockroaches reproduce quickly, and this reproduction only makes existing colonies stronger. And as we previously mentioned, cockroaches aren’t known for leaving their hiding places voluntarily. 

Further, DIY cockroach control is a temporary solution at best and completely ineffective at worst. Traps don’t address the cockroach nests themselves, and other cockroaches will be able to avoid a trap easily after it’s been triggered.  

Instead, contact us at Coastal Lawn and Pest for cockroach control to keep your home cockroach-free. We’ll be happy to help. 

Maintenance Tips: Ensuring Long-Term Cockroach Control

There’s one final topic we’d like to touch on: house cockroach prevention through regular maintenance. Use these tips to reduce the chances of a cockroach infestation: 

  • Never leave food out for extended periods. 
  • Keep ingredients and dry goods in airtight containers. 
  • Disinfect kitchen counters and floors regularly. 
  • Reduce humidity in the home and repair leaking pipes. 
  • Clear clutter in the home. 

If you’re in need of expert cockroach control in Fort Myers, call us at Coastal Lawn and Pest.