Living in Central Florida, we all know how it feels to turn on a light while you’re going to the bathroom or grabbing a late night snack then all of a sudden you see a cockroach dart across the floor. It’s never a pleasant sight to behold. For the most part, if you store food in your house then at some point you have a chance to be vulnerable to cockroaches. Roaches have been around for a very long time and are known for their ability to adapt and stay alive. If you have seen a cockroach in your house, there is an excellent chance there are others hidden away in your home somewhere.
Discovering that you have a cockroach problem requires immediate pest control action to avoid any health-related risks your infestation could bring into your home. Roaches are typically drawn to food that is easily accessible in your house. It’s usually a lot easier to see the signs of a cockroach then it is to see one. Since these pests are nocturnal creatures, they hide out during the day and then come out at night to search for food at night.
Some of the ways you can notice that you have roaches are:
Cockroach droppings – cockroaches, leave a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths.
Smear marks – check for marks on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches are active. If water is abundant cockroaches will produce brown and irregular shaped smear marks.
Shed skin – look for this evidence in locations you suspect they are sheltering. Cockroaches shed ‘cast nymphal ‘skins 5-8 times as they mature to adults.
Damage – look for unusual signs of damage, not just on food packaging. Cockroaches will attack organic goods including leather and books.
Unusual odor – an established cockroach infestation produces a lingering and unpleasant musty smell that taints items they contact.
Furthermore, it’s essential that if you have a roach infestation to call a professional since cockroaches carry a vast amount of diseases such as:
poisoning – because they like to eat rotten food and crawl around unsanitary places, they can track germs across the food on your counter and in cabinets, and that can cause food poisoning.
Dysentery – a disease that comes from ingesting fecal matter, which cockroaches are more than happy to walk across and then bring onto your food.
Tapeworms – which can cause severe illness and problems with digesting food in humans and other animals.
Roundworm – parasite organisms, such as pinworms that can be very dangerous to humans and cause illnesses such as trichinosis.
Fungus – cockroach droppings, shed skins and other material can develop fungi that will affect the lungs or eyes. Those with asthma can be very much at risk from fungus left by cockroaches.
Viruses – roaches are known to carry many viruses including those as severe as polio.
Allergies – cockroach droppings, skins, and saliva are one of the leading causes of allergies for those who live in urban locations.
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If you have experienced any signs of cockroaches in your house, don’t hesitate to contact Drake Lawn & Pest Control in Orlando. Our professionals have been adequately trained to locate where the roaches problem originated. We will find the nests, remove them, and provide the methods you will need to prevent any further issues.