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Roaches! How to prevent them from silently taking over your home

The American cockroach is the largest cockroach that infests buildings in the United States. In Florida, the American cockroach is called the “palmetto bug,” and it has the nickname “water bug” throughout the United States. There are several kinds of roaches in the US, and some cockroaches can even fly.

Like all cockroaches, it is omnivorous and will eat virtually anything people will and many things we won’t. It thrives in warm, damp environments, such as sewers, steam tunnels, basements, crawlspaces, and boiler rooms. In southern states, it will also be found living and breeding outdoors.

The key to control is to find and treat these sources directly. In many cases, the services of a professional company, such as Pest Control, are required. In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful control involves treating the attic, crawlspace, and exterior cracks in the home and finding and treating likely cockroach areas over the entire property.

Good basic prevention tips include:

  • Ensure the attic and/or crawlspace has sufficient ventilation. Research has shown that proper ventilation creates an environment unsuitable for cockroaches and other pests.
  • Make sure that all foundation and attic vents are equipped with tight-fitting screens.
  • Seal as many exterior cracks and holes as possible on the outside of the home.
  • Do not allow pet food to sit out overnight. Pick it up after outdoor pets are finished eating.
  • Store firewood as far from the house as possible, locating it off the ground, and covering it with a tarp or plastic.
  • Eliminate piles of lumber and debris where cockroaches could harbor.
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