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How Roaches Find Their Way Into Sanford Homes And How To Keep Them Out

Cockroaches are common pests in the Sanford area. Among the several species of cockroaches found in our area, the German cockroach is the most common. That may seem strange, considering they sound as though you would only find them in Germany. But German cockroaches are common here. American cockroaches are another species found commonly in Florida homes—after all, Florida is part of America, the last time we checked. But German roaches aren't just the number one roaches in our state—or even our country. They're the worst roaches in all the world. Today, we'll take a look at why German cockroaches reign supreme and cover a few facts you should know about the other roaches in our area. We'll also discuss signs of a cockroach infestation, what diseases cockroaches carry, effective cockroach control methods, and how to get rid of cockroaches. If you need immediate assistance with a cockroach problem in your Sandford home, remember that Hawkeye Home & Pest Solutions is here to help. We provide advanced cockroach pest control in Sanford. Give us a call or jump to our contact page to connect with us.

Common Types Of Roaches Found In Sanford

The German cockroach is the most prevalent species in the area and is known for its small size, light brown color, and two distinct stripes on its back. On the surface, German roaches don't seem any worse than other cockroaches, so why are they so bad? It has to do with their ability to dwell indoors. Other cockroaches have a greater need for damp conditions or humidity. A home that has humidity control and a lack of plumbing issues will not provide a suitable habitat for them. German cockroaches don't live exclusively indoors. They can enter your home from your yard. Pest-proofing and good sanitation can help keep them out.

American cockroaches in Sanford are larger and reddish-brown in color. They are often found in dark, damp areas such as bathrooms and crawl spaces. Their moisture requirement is higher than that of their German cousins. In some cases, humidity control can have a big impact on this species. It depends on a few other factors, such as pest-proofing, exterior clutter, etc.

Australian cockroaches are reddish-brown with a yellow margin on the pronotum (the shield-like covering of the thorax). They possess wings and are capable of flying but they are usually found on the ground or climbing walls and other surfaces. While not as common as the German cockroach or American cockroach, Australian cockroaches can still be a nuisance and are considered pests when they enter homes or other buildings. Eliminating moisture problems, reducing humidity, and applying sanitation, can successfully deter these insects.

Identifying the type of roach in your home is essential for effective control and elimination. Each species has unique habits and preferences that must be taken into consideration when developing a pest management plan. By understanding the common types of roaches found in Sanford, you can take the necessary steps to prevent infestations and keep your home roach-free.

Often, you won't see cockroaches to identify them. You'll need to look for signs of a roach infestation. Here are a few common cockroach signs to look for in tight spaces, dark voids, and secluded spaces within your home.

  • Tiny black fecal matter that looks like black pepper. You'll find this material on floors, walls, and even ceilings. You may also find droppings as black stains on fabrics.
  • Oothecae or shed casings. The oothecae of cockroaches look like tiny brown purses. You may see these or the shed skins left after the cases break open.
  • Shed skins. Cockroaches shed their skins as they grow. You may find a large, intact skin that looks like a roach, or fragments of it.

There are other ways to detect roaches in your Sanford home, but these will help you catch an infestation as early as possible. Now, let's look at what it means to have roaches living with you.

Why It's Dangerous To Have Roaches In The House

Having cockroaches in the house is not just unsightly; it's also dangerous for your health. Cockroaches can carry and transmit several diseases. What diseases do cockroaches carry? Here are a few to consider.

  • Salmonellosis
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Listeriosis
  • Giardia
  • E. coli
  • And more

Cockroach droppings and shed skins also trigger allergies and asthma symptoms, so it's important to take action if you suspect you have a cockroach infestation in your home. It is important to contact a professional for assistance with evaluating the infestation and selecting control options to reduce the risk of health issues. If you need advice or service in Sanford, contact Hawkeye Home & Pest Solutions. While there are many ways you can work to keep roaches out, it is always best to hire a professional for cockroach control.

How And Why Roaches Find Their Way Into Our Homes

Cockroaches are simple insects. There are only a few factors that bring them into your home. We've touched on some of them already. Now, we'll show you how these factors work together.

  • A damp perimeter is a perfect place for cockroaches to explore. When they come near to your home, they can find their way inside.
  • Tall grass, piles of leaves, and other organic debris make roaches feel at home and increase unwanted roach activity.
  • An open trash receptacle is an open invitation to cockroaches.
  • When roaches explore your exterior, they can't help but get into cracks and crevices. Tight spaces attract them.
  • Once inside your home, sanitation plays a role in providing an incentive for roaches to live with you. Available food sources will also allow a roach population to grow quickly.
  • Humidity and damp conditions caused by plumbing issues will make your home feel comfortable to roaches, particularly roach species with a high moisture requirement.

By understanding how and why roaches enter your home, you can take proactive steps to prevent infestations and protect your home from these unwanted pests. Here are a few examples.

  • Repair gutter brakes and keep your gutters free of clogs.
  • Trim grass, blow leaves out, and pick up sticks.
  • Keep trash in clean receptacles with secure covers. 
  • Remove your trash weekly.
  • Clean and deep clean your home. Be sure to clean your bathroom as roaches can find food sources in there.
  • Use your bathroom fan when taking showers, and install a dehumidifier in damp zones of your home.

These simple, all-natural tips can significantly deter roaches. You can add even more control by applying pest-proofing to seal cockroaches out of your home.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Cockroaches Safely And For Good

If your cockroach prevention fails and you find a cockroach in your house, what is the best solution? Should you turn to DIY cockroach pest control? While DIY methods can be effective in controlling minor cockroach infestations, professional pest control is often necessary for severe or persistent infestations, particularly those involving German cockroaches. Here are a few reasons why it's best to hire a professional for cockroach control:

  • Proper identification of the cockroach species is essential for control. A professional evaluates the products used and tailors your pest control to address the specific cockroach pest causing trouble.
  • Proper selection and application of materials. A professional follows strict protocols for safety and is aware of any risks associated with the necessary treatment.
  • Comprehensive control is critical. No product on its own will arrest an infestation. A professional uses a multi-pronged approach to get complete control of cockroaches.
  • A professional is likely to get the results you want. There are few things more frustrating than battling roaches for months. It is also frustrating when roaches come back quickly after treatment. If you want long-lasting results, it is best to hire a professional.

If you're in Sanford, consider Hawkeye Home & Pest Solutions. Our technicians are highly trained home pest control professionals with the experience and tools needed to evaluate your infestation and provide effective solutions. We excel at addressing complicated pest issues, such as those created by German cockroaches. Your technician will not only apply appropriate products according to trusted protocols but also track the effectiveness of the products applied. It is a scientific process, and when applied correctly, it achieves results every time. Once your cockroach infestation is addressed and your home is roach-free, we can help you keep it that way. We provide year-round pest control service to reduce pests around your home and prevent entry. Best of all, our services are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not pleased with the results of your service, we will re-treat your home and property at no additional charge. We also go above and beyond. If you aren't happy with your service after 30 days, we'll refund your last service.

When you need help with cockroaches in Sanford, it pays to go with a company you can trust. Give us a call or connect with us by way of our contact page to find answers to your cockroach questions, learn about the services we offer, or request a service visit. We have the solutions to your pest concerns!

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