Cockroaches are obviously dangerous, but how dangerous are they? All one has to do is take one look at these creepy, greasy-looking insects to know they pose at least some risk to human health. Fortunately, we are West Palm Beach’s foremost experts on roach behavior, diet, and threat level. To help you better understand the complex nature of these invasive problematic pests, here is a comprehensive guide to keep in mind.
Cockroaches Common Around West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is home to a wide variety of cockroach species. Some include American roaches, German roaches, smoky brown roaches, Florida wood roaches, Surinam roaches, Australian roaches, Cuban roaches, and Asian roaches. To avoid boring you with how to identify each of these pests by their fine details, here are some basic universal traits all roaches have in common.
Cockroaches Are Fast
Cockroaches are some of the fastest home-invading pests in our area and can move at speeds upwards of three miles an hour. That doesn’t sound like much, but if we were to scale these pests up to human size, that would be equivalent to running hundreds of miles an hour. What makes this even more terrifying is the fact that roaches don’t break this speed when transitioning from floors to walls, or walls to ceilings.
Cockroaches Are Resistant
A cockroach can survive five times more radiation than a human being, withstand 900 times its body weight in pressure, and is resistant to many common household pest control products. For this reason, special treatments and the sufficient expertise to use them are needed to properly eliminate these pests around homes.
Cockroaches Are Intelligent
Cockroaches are creatures of habit and love to adhere to a continuous routine. This involves learning how to avoid danger, finding the best path to food, and navigating complex wall voids and dark secluded areas around a home.
The Dangers Of Roaches
A cockroach spreads 33 different kinds of bacteria, seven human pathogens, and six harmful parasitic worms. Roaches spread these sickness vectors around homes mainly through their excrement. If you suspect your home has a roach problem, wash countertops, dishes, and kitchen tables thoroughly before preparing or eating food. Likewise, avoid consuming food from areas cockroaches have access to. This will limit your chances of getting sick while waiting for help to arrive.
Some Ways To Prevent Cockroaches
Roaches will only invade homes that have entry points and will only stick around if you provide them their necessities of food, water, and shelter. To prevent these potentially dangerous pests from invading your West Palm Beach property, here are some prevention strategies to try:
- Use a sealant to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior.
- Remove clutter around your yard.
- Eliminate sources of water build-up.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep moisture levels down indoors.
- Fix leaky piping and fixtures.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working order.
- Clean your home regularly.
- Wash out your pet’s food and water bowls after every meal.
- Store leftover foods inside tightly-sealed containers.
To guarantee cockroaches stay out of your West Palm Beach home, hire the professionals at Empire Pest Defense - Florida. Our team is dedicated to excellence and has the advanced solutions needed to effectively eliminate any pests you and your home are up against.
Contact us today to find the best solution to your cockroach problems and schedule your home for a thorough pest inspection.