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The Best Way To Combat The Roaches In Tampa

February 20, 2023 - Cockroaches

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Cast your mind back to 2015 when the United States Census Bureau declared the Tampa area one of the country's most heavily roach-infested metrop[litan areas. Many home and business owners were shocked, but the truth is that these horrible insects love our climate. Do you know what to do if you find these pests in your home? 

Fighting roaches is challenging work, but you can make it easier on yourself by partnering with professionals. At EcoSmart Pest Solutions, we've spent plenty of time exterminating cockroaches, and we want to share our knowledge with you. Read on to learn how to combat roaches and when to call the best Tampa pest control services. Don't hesitate to contact us!

Types Of Cockroaches You Can Find In Tampa

Thousands of different species of cockroaches are walking the earth, but thankfully, only a few are in the Tampa area. They include:

  • German cockroaches are one of the most common species in the United States. You can identify them by the pair of black stripes behind their head.
  • American cockroaches are the bugs most picture when we think of roaches. They have reddish-yellow bodies and antennae that are just as long (and sometimes longer) than their body.
  • Florida woods cockroaches, also known as the Palmetto bug, are the most common cockroach in Florida. This variety prefers to stay outdoors in wooded areas but will sometimes infest homes. 
  • Oriental cockroaches are sometimes called (and confused with) water bugs. They're dark, oval-shaped, and prefer moist living environments (hence the water bug nickname). 

Cockroach identification can simplify the extermination process, but it's understandable if you can't differentiate between species. But don't worry. Our EcoSmart Pest Solutions crew will identify the roaches on your property as part of our inspection. Doing so helps shape home pest control plans and reveals how and why roaches came to your home.

Cockroaches In Your Home Could Be Making You Sick

Sure, cockroaches are gross, but are they that dangerous? After all, cockroaches aren't as aggressive as other insects and rarely bite humans. So, what's the harm?

Cockroaches carry bacteria, fungi, and parasites that get transferred to humans through contamination. Waste and saliva released by roaches transmit diseases like:

  • Dysentery
  • Cholera
  • E. coli
  • Meningitis

Additionally, cockroaches can trigger asthma and allergic reactions in some. Make no mistake, cockroaches can and will make you sick if given enough time. That's why our EcoSmart Pest Solutions team cuts no corners when treating your home. We even provide emergency services when you need solutions fast. 

How Can I Prevent Cockroaches From Getting Inside My Home?

Knowing how to keep cockroaches away from your home is vital to preventing infestations. While numerous products promise to prevent roaches from setting foot inside your home, there are easier, more effective methods. Here's how to deter cockroaches from entering your home:

  • Keep your home neat: Cockroaches infest places with low-risk access to food and water. Even crumbs are enough to entice them. So clean thoroughly and regularly.
  • Remove potential hiding places: Roaches will hide anywhere that provides cover and protection from the elements; this could mean empty boxes, dirty laundry, or old papers scattered on the floor in your house. Remove as many of these places as you can. 
  • Secure your outdoor trash cans: Roaches attracted to your outdoor property will soon find their way inside. Open trash cans are a powerful lure for cockroaches, providing an incredible amount of food and shelter. Lock or otherwise secure your lids to prevent giving them a habitat.
  • Keep your drains clean and clear, especially in the kitchen: When it comes to roach food sources, much focus falls on crumbs and garbage cans, but remember, those food remnants you wash down the drain can get stuck. When they do, they'll start to rot, and roaches will detect it.

Ultimately, preventing a roach infestation is all about keeping things clean. During your free inspection, our EcoSmart Pest Solutions technicians will identify problems that could make your home more attractive to cockroaches. In addition, we'll show you potential entry points so you can further build your home's defenses. 

Call The Pros At The First Sign Of Cockroaches In Your Home

If you want to know how to get rid of cockroaches at home, it's simple: call the pros! Ending an infestation requires a wealth of knowledge about pests and extermination products, and at EcoSmart Pest Solutions, we have both.

Our environmentally-safe approach to pest control ensures an end to your cockroach problems without risking harm to your family. And we keep you involved in every process, from planning to execution. Contact us today for your free inspection and to learn more about our incredible team.