If you are living in Florida, there's a good chance you'll see roaches at some point. These pesky critters can be difficult to get rid of, but with the right information, you can make your Florida home roach-free! In this blog post, you are going to learn everything about Florida roaches and ways to get rid of them.
What are the types of roaches in Florida?
Some of the most common types of roaches found in Florida are:
- American cockroach: The largest of the most common types of roaches and can grow up to two inches long. They are reddish-brown in color with a long and flat abdomen and have a yellow band around their head. These roaches are often found in warm, moist areas like basements, kitchens, or bathrooms. They have wings and can fly.
- German cockroach: German cockroaches are smaller than American cockroach and only grows up to half an inch long. They are light brown or tan in color and have two dark stripes on their back. German roaches are often found near food sources like kitchens or pantries. They don't have wings but can climb up smooth surfaces.
- Oriental cockroach: Oriental roaches are also known as waterbugs because they're often found near sources of water. They are dark brown or black in color and can grow up to one and a half inches long. They have a glossy body with a flat abdomen. Oriental roaches can't fly but they can run fast.
- Smoky brown cockroach: Smokybrown roaches are dark brown or black in color and grow up to one and a half inches long. They have wings that cover their whole body. These roaches are often found near sources of food and water.
- Brown-Banded roaches: Brown-banded roaches are about the same size as German roaches but they are light brown in color with dark bands across their body. They don't need as much moisture to survive and can often be found in warm, dry areas like attics or cabinets.
What bugs can be mistaken for roaches?
- Crickets: Crickets are often mistaken for roaches because they are both dark in color and have long antennae. However, crickets are usually smaller than roaches and have a more rounded body.
- June Bugs: June bugs are a type of beetle that is often mistaken for roaches. They are brown or black in color and have six legs like roaches. However, June bugs are usually much larger than roaches.
- Asian Longhorn Beetles: Asian longhorn beetles are a type of beetle that is native to Asia but has been found in the United States. They are black with white spots and have long antennae. Asian longhorn beetles are also often mistaken for roaches because of their similar appearance.
- Giant waterbugs: Giant waterbugs are confused with roaches. because they are black or brown in color and have six legs like roaches. However, like June bugs, giant waterbugs are usually much larger than roaches and can grow up to four inches long.
What attracts roaches the most?
The reason for the presence of roaches is simple and common like many other pests. Some of the things that roaches get attracted to are:
- Food: Roaches are attracted to food sources like kitchens and pantries. They will also eat other things like garbage, glue, and toothpaste. This means leaving dirty dishes or garbage bags unsealed is an invitation letter for roaches to come in.
- Water: Roaches need water to survive so they are often found near sources of water like sinks, toilets, and drains. It is common for them to live under appliances like dishwashers and washing machines since these appliances often have leaks.
- Warmth: Roaches prefer warm temperatures so they are often found in heated areas like furnaces and motor vehicles. Because of this, they are often seen in the summertime when the weather is warm.
Why do have roaches in your clean house?
The need for water to survive is the main reason roaches are in your clean home. Even when your house is clean of garbage, make sure there are no pipes or faucets that are leaky. They love to hide in corners and so cleaning those areas with a disinfectant might help. Roaches don't always need human food to eat. They eat almost anything like toothpaste, soap, and even each other! they can also survive without food for up to a month but they will die without water in a week.
What season do roaches come out the most?
Roaches usually come out when the weather is warm and humid, and there has been a lot of rain. This means Florida will be roach central for most of the year! It doesn't always have to be outside weather. As long as the temperature inside the house is around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, roaches will be comfortable to come out and explore. Any temperature resembling summer or tropical is roach heaven.
Home Remedies to get rid of Roaches
There are quite a few things you can do to get rid of roaches at home.
- Bay leaves: These aromatic leaves will keep roaches away. Place them in problem areas like near the sink, drains, or anywhere else roaches might congregate.
- Baking soda: Baking soda is a roach killer that roaches can't resist. Make a mixture of baking soda and sugar and place it in an empty container or plate. The roaches will be attracted to the sweet mixture and crawl in, but won't be able to escape because of the baking soda.
- Boric Acid: Boric acid is another roach killer that will kill roaches when they eat it. Mix boric acid and sugar together and place them in an empty container or plate. The roaches will be attracted to the sweet mixture and crawl in, but won't be able to escape because of the boric acid.
- Borax and sugar: Mix equal parts of each and put them in a shallow dish. The roaches will be attracted to the sugar but borax is deadly to them.
- Citrus: Roaches hate the smell of citrus. You can use essential oils or just place peels around your home.
- Eucalyptus oil: This strong-smelling oil will keep roaches away. Mix a few drops with water and spray in problem areas.
- Peppermint oil: Roaches don't like the scent of peppermint oil so putting some on cotton
If you did all of this and still the problem persists, then it is time to call for some professional help. TruNorth Pest Control offers free inspections to assess the situation and tailor the treatment method that best works for you. We will fix your pest problem right away and if you are satisfied for any reason, we will return until the problem is fixed!