Everything You Need to Know About Cockroaches
Total Pest Services is a trusted and professional pest control service provider for Orlando, FL and the surrounding areas. Cockroach control and treatment is one of our main services, but before going into further detail about it, let us give you some information about roaches in general.
Facts & Appearance
Their Latin name is Order Blattodea. Cockroaches can measure over 2 inches in length, but some tropical species tend to grow bigger. Roaches have six legs, two antennae, and some species have wings. However, most of the winged species are not adept at flying.
Types of Roaches in Florida
There are more than 3,500 cockroach species in the world, and unfortunately, 70 of them live in Florida. Often, people refer to the Florida roaches as palmetto bugs or water bugs. While roaches can surely be unpleasant to look at, they can destroy food, damage fabrics, books, and spread disease. Let’s have a look at the 4 most common cockroaches we, at Total Pest Services, have to deal with, on a regular basis.
The American roaches tend to grow the largest when compared to the other common species discussed on this page. Adults can become slightly longer than 3 inches.
The German roach is the cockroach that gives all the other species a bad name. It typically plagues multifamily dwellings and can grow to be a bit more than ½ inch long.
These are the most common species that can be found outdoors in Florida. They belong to the peridomestic cockroaches and can also grow slightly more than half an inch in length.
One of the smallest invasive roaches in Florida, and regardless of their size (usually smaller than a ½ inch), Brown-banded cockroaches have been found to carry and spread harmful bacteria and protozoa which cause gastroenteritis and diarrhea.
How to Get Rid of Roaches
- Cockroaches can produce 120-320 eggs in their lifetime.
- Roach debris such as dead bodies, skin, and droppings can aggravate allergies.
- There are cockroach species that are beneficial to the environment.
- Most cockroaches produce sounds and emit unpleasant odors.
- Roaches are nocturnal, and if you’ve seen one or two, there are probably a lot more you haven’t seen yet. The cockroaches seen by the day are most likely forced out by overcrowding