Keeping roached away from your home, yard and garden
There are many types of cockroaches found in and around Florida homes. The larger cockroaches — American, Australian, brown, and the smoky brown are often called palmetto bugs. Though they are generally found outdoors, they can become indoor problems when they migrate or are carried indoors.
There are a number of ways to contribute to keeping your home and surrounding area bug free with as few pests as possible. First, call Pest Patrol of Central Florida at 904-944-9445 to discuss pest control options and prevention. Next, make sure you are doing these simple steps around your home.
Eliminate Water Sources
Water is the most important factor in cockroach survival. Cockroaches often come indoors during periods of drought because they are looking for moisture. Empty pans under refrigerators used to catch water from condensation, and make sure there are no leaks near any piping throughout the house.
Eliminate Food Sources
Store and dispose of garbage properly. The highest concentration of cockroaches in a home is usually around the garbage can and around the refrigerator. Dump sink strainers frequently to prevent food buildup. Wipe off counters tops often
Remove their Home
Cockroaches prefer dark places that are warm and moist. Places that provide tight spaces such as stacks of newspaper or cardboard, piles of clothing, or cracks and crevices in structures are ideal for cockroaches.
Seal cracks and crevices. Adult cockroaches can fit into cracks only about 1/16 inch and prefer spaces of about 3/8 inch.
Pull mulch away from the house. The large, outdoor cockroaches breed prolifically in pine straw mulch and poorly in gravel or on bare soil.
Stack firewood off the ground and well away from the house.
If you have a pest problem, we can help. – The Pest Patrol Team