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The Dangerous Germs Cockroaches Can Spread In Your Home

January 05, 2023 - Cockroaches

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Downtown Tampa, Florida is "a wonderful place to work, play, and unwind." One preferred way to unwind is by enjoying some sumptuous foods. Whether checking out a local food shack, sampling some authentic key lime pie, or savoring some local fish, your tastebuds will surely experience a delightful explosion of flavors. One pest in the Tampa area that's not a picky eater is the local cockroach. Without pest control in Tampa, homeowners might find some greedy cockroaches congregating in their homes.

How To Identify Cockroaches

Cockroaches in Tampa have an other-worldly appearance that will make a lasting impression on homeowners. They are easily recognizable with their unique characteristics.

Five characteristics that help identify cockroaches include:

  1. Most are reddish-brown, tan to light brown, or dark brown to black.
  2. They range from slightly smaller than an inch to as large as two inches long.
  3. Their bodies are broad and flat.
  4. They have six legs covered with spines.
  5. Their heads bend downward, making it difficult to see from above.

Cockroaches are difficult to spot during the day since they prefer to operate at night. The flick of a light switch and a quick cockroach retreat is typically a homeowner's first notification of a cockroach problem. When homeowners identify cockroach activity, they must call EcoSmart Pest Solutions' pest professionals for immediate removal.

How Roaches Spread Around Dangerous Pathogens

While cockroach characteristics may come off as pretty disgusting, it's not their physical appearance that should worry homeowners. Cockroaches are filthy insects that enjoy sewers, refuse, and decaying matter. As they wallow in filth, they pick up dangerous pathogens on their bodies which they then bring into people's homes. The word pathogen means a germ (such as bacteria or virus) that becomes an agent causing disease. As cockroaches walk over surfaces and foods, they contaminate them; this can result in people becoming ill from diseases like salmonellosis, dysentery, typhoid fever, gastroenteritis, cholera, E. coli infection, listeriosis, and giardia. If you find a cockroach in your house, you must contact EcoSmart Pest Solutions immediately to protect the health of loved ones.

Why Do-It-Yourself Cockroach Control Often Fails

There are tons of cockroach control products on the market that make big claims but deliver little. Sprays claim to "kill cockroaches." However, sprays and glue traps only deal with the cockroaches you see; hundreds you can't see may take their place. With female cockroaches laying an average of 40 eggs at a time that hatch within six weeks, there are always reserves waiting to take a dead cockroach's place; you're fighting a losing battle. Foggers don't penetrate walls and won't get to cracks and crevices where cockroaches hide. Many online do-it-yourself concoctions contain harmful substances that need special handling and can potentially make curious children and pets ill. Homeowners waste time and money continually replacing do-it-yourself products that never eliminate cockroach problems. The reasonably priced pest control solutions offered by EcoSmart Pest Solutions are the best way to guarantee complete cockroach control in Tampa.

Useful Cockroach Prevention Tips

Homeowners do have some natural prevention steps they can take to stop cockroaches from accessing their homes. Simple home maintenance can help stop cockroaches from coming into Tampa homes.

Four useful house cockroach prevention tips include:

  1. Fix any moisture issues inside your home.
  2. Seal cracks and crevices in foundations/siding.
  3. Seal gaps around doors and windows.
  4. Cover vents and drains with mesh screens.

Store both human and pet food in airtight containers; don't leave food sitting out.

Ultimately the best cockroach prevention comes from specialized services from a trusted pest professional like EcoSmart Pest Solutions. Established in 2015, our family-owned and operated company has over 25 years of experience in the Tampa pest control industry. We have safe and effective cockroach control products that will remove current pests and stop any future pests from becoming a problem in homes. With our satisfaction guarantee, homeowners can't go wrong; please call EcoSmart Pest Solutions today to ask for an estimate and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Tampa.