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Cockroaches 101

Cockroaches are one pest that receives very little sympathy from homeowners, business owners, and exterminators alike. While they are fascinating and unique pests, they are not very welcome anywhere they go. In today’s blog at Dave’s Pest Control, we talk a little bit about what cockroaches are, signs you may have them, and how to remove them from your property. For help removing cockroaches from your property, get in touch with one of our cockroach exterminators at Dave’s Pest Control today.

What are Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are notoriously difficult-to-get-rid-of pests that carry diseases and give nearly everyone the heebie-jeebies. They are a species that has been around for millions of years and has thousands of different varieties. Many of them are unobtrusive and have little to no effect on mankind. However, there are a few species that make their way into our homes and businesses and create problems. Here in Florida, we most commonly encounter Palmetto Bugs. Palmetto Bugs are in fact another name for the American Cockroach. Cockroaches excel at surviving in practically any conditions, which is what makes them so difficult to get rid of.

Signs You Need Cockroach Extermination

There are a few things that you can look for if you suspect that there are cockroaches in your home or business.

  • Seeing a cockroach: Perhaps the most obvious sign that there are roaches on your property is seeing one. Cockroaches are nocturnal which means they are mainly out and about at nighttime. This means that if you spot one in the day time, you may have a serious roach infestation.
  • Seeing droppings: Like many other pests, you would call an exterminator for, cockroaches leave behind droppings that make you aware of their presence. Droppings vary in size depending on the size of the roach. Droppings can look as small as grains of pepper or be larger than coffee grounds and pellets.
  • Roach Eggs: Roaches don’t lay individual eggs, they instead have something called oothecae. An oothecae, in essence, is a sack full of cockroach eggs. There can be anywhere between 10 and 50 eggs in each one and they are often found in areas that are not easily accessible.
  • Odor: As the cockroach infestation goes untreated, it will create a stronger and stronger odor. If you notice a musty, unpleasant odor that is getting stronger, it could be a sign of roaches — or children’s laundry.

How to Remove Cockroaches From Your Property

At Dave’s Pest Control, our exterminators never recommend trying to deal with cockroaches on your own. Unfortunately, by the time most people notice they have a roach problem, it is too late to handle it without professional assistance. Additionally, cockroaches are incredibly difficult to exterminate. They are astonishingly adaptable and have the ability to withstand almost anything you can throw at them. In order to be certain that every roach is taken care of for good, you need the help of a professional exterminator.

If you see or suspect that your property is in need of cockroach control, don’t wait. Call our exterminators at Dave’s Pest Control in Flagler and Volusia County today.


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