Why Is It So Hard To Kill A Cockroach?

Why Is It So Hard To Kill A Cockroach?

If you’ve been unlucky enough to deal with cockroaches in your Orlando home, you know that these pests are no joke. Cockroaches are amazingly resilient creatures that are much harder to kill than other kinds of bugs and insects. Your first instincts of stepping on a roach or hitting it with bug spray may not finish the job. All American Pest Control can help you learn more about cockroaches, why they are so hard to kill, and how you can still protect your property from these pests with Orlando Pest Control.

 

Why Cockroaches Can Survive Almost Anything

There’s a reason that jokes about cockroaches surviving the apocalypse are so widespread. Roaches show an evolutionary history that has led them to be almost indestructible. In addition to a strong physical body, they also have powerful senses and can adapt to almost any food source and living environment.

Cockroaches have exoskeletons, which means that their bodies are protected and supported by strong materials on the outside of their body. Their exoskeleton serves the same purpose as bones do in other types of creatures.

A cockroach’s exoskeleton is formed of many overlapping plates which are connected by a flexible, moveable membrane. This dense protective layer lets roaches change the shape of their bodies. Roaches can transfer their energy to their legs, which helps them fit through impossibly small cracks and crevices. The strong exoskeleton material protects roaches from being injured or crushed when moving through tight spaces.

In addition to a roach’s physical strengths, these pests also have powerful instincts and senses that help them stay alive. Cockroaches are skilled at hiding and their flexible bodies allow them to easily hide in many places. They can thrive in a wide range of temperatures and other factors, so they can wait out unfavorable conditions.

Roaches have also adapted to eating almost anything. They will choose traditional food sources like the contents of your pantry or garbage if given the opportunity. However, they can also make the most of garbage, building materials, and other substances that have few nutrients.

 

How To Keep Your Home Free From Roaches

Cockroaches are so difficult to kill that it’s better to keep roaches out of your home in the first place. These creatures can thrive in almost any environment, but there are some easy steps to discourage them from moving into your house or business. All American Pest Control recommends these methods to keep a variety of pests out of your building, beyond cockroaches.

 

Protect Your Perimeter

Deter roaches and other pests from moving into a building by protecting your perimeter. Cockroaches and other small creatures can make the most of very short, narrow cracks, but patching any entry points is still a powerful way to protect yourself. Here are some starting points for keeping your home or workplace roach-free.

Patch and seal any cracks around the outside of your building.

Close gaps under doors, around windows, and where utility lines enter the facility.

Seal or screen drain lines, sewer vents, and other places where water flows.

 

Exercise Safe Food Storage

Cockroaches can live in many environments, but they are always looking to meet their basic biological needs. Roaches come to your home searching for something to eat. Make it hard for roaches to find food in your home and they’ll move on to greener pastures. Explore these easy ways to keep food safely secured.

Keep food and ingredients in air-tight containers, which mask smells and are often impossible for roaches to enter.

Don’t leave food out overnight, including pet food.

Cover trashcans, both indoors and outdoors.

Clean crumbs and leftovers from tables, counters, and other surfaces.

In workplaces, encourage a food-safe culture. Discourage eating at desks and storing snacks in individual offices.

 

Regularly Clean

Cockroaches love all the mess. A messy home or workplace offers many opportunities for roaches to hide, breed, and find food. Follow these cleaning tips to discourage roaches.

Remove large stacks of paper and cardboard, which are valuable hiding places and sources of food.

Vacuum regularly.

Empty trash daily and keep outdoor trash containers away from your doors and windows.

If you see roaches in an area, clean that space as soon as possible to remove food and hiding spots.

 

All American Pest Control Can Kill Your Cockroaches

Roaches are resilient and infestations commonly require more than one treatment method. If you’re living with a serious cockroach problem, turn to expert Orlando exterminators, All American Pest Control. We will determine a professional plan to tackle your roach problem.

First, we determine the type of cockroach you’re struggling against. Unfortunately, Orlando is home to several cockroach varieties. Once we learn the type of roach in your home, we can target a treatment plan to specifically deter and kill those cockroaches.

Roach glue traps are a regular method for catching, identifying, and removing cockroaches. Roaches can escape many types of traps, but they’re unable to get away when stuck in a glue trap. Your expert All American Pest Control technician understands what types of traps are best for your home.

 

All American Pest Control
2014 Edgewater Dr #250, Orlando, FL 32804
(321) 559-7378
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5 Reasons to Hire a Pest Control Company

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How much does it cost to hire an exterminator to eliminate pests?

Anyone who’s ever seen an ant scurry across their kitchen floor or watched a spider dangle from their living room ceiling knows that cohabitation with pests is a problem.

Pest infestations can damage your property, create an uncomfortable atmosphere for your family and, in some cases, contaminate your home.

The quickest and most effective method of eliminating unwanted pests? It’s not at the hardware store. For lasting, safe extermination you should hire a professional pest control service to treat your home for the unwanted insects, spiders or animals.

 

Your health

Beyond being creepy, pests can carry harmful diseases and hazardous bacteria that can expose your family members to illness. For instance, cockroaches carry E coli and salmonella on their bodies and can also cause or intensify health problems related to allergies and asthma.

Tick bites can cause Lyme disease, which is a dangerous condition often associated with symptoms such as rashes, severe fatigue and extreme illness.

Ants can contaminate your food, and bees or wasps can cause injuries and trigger dangerous allergic reactions.

Fortunately, even before calling an exterminator, there are some things you can do to make your home unappealing to bugs.

Identify, eliminate pests

Most pest control companies can eliminate many different types of pests, including spiders, rodents and all sorts of insects — ants, bees, cockroaches, fleas, termites and wasps.

Different types of baits and chemicals are required to extract and eliminate different types of pests. A licensed pest control technician will know the safe and proper dosages of these chemicals to apply and when and where to apply them.

A significant benefit of hiring a pest control service is that the professionals have the training and experience to identify the types of pests infiltrating your property and determine how best to eliminate them. The companies can eradicate certain pests by using poisoned bait, bait that leads into a trap or various chemicals. Some pest control companies specialize in organic or green pest control.

 

Live bee-trapping and relocation is becoming more common as more people recognize the buzzing insects role in food production and pollination.

 

Finding the source

Professionals can maximize the effect of a pest control treatment by also locating the source of the infestation.

If you eliminate the pests but don’t find the source attracting them to your home, more infestations are likely. Pest control companies can determine the cause of your problem, find the specific source and eliminate it to prevent future infestations.

Sources might include egg batches, garbage, nests, plants, soil, pet food or particular areas in your walls.

 

Time

A professional pest control company can provide quicker and more effective results than if you tried to fix the infestation yourself. Because of their experience and chemicals that may not be readily available to consumers, they can quickly implement extermination plans and efficiently eliminate all pests in a relatively short amount of time.

Most companies can complete pest control treatment services within one to six hours, while larger problems that require fumigation can take up to a week.

 

Avoiding damage

The cost to hire a pest control company may even save you money over time.

Many pests and rodents can damage your home — destroying carpets, clothes, foundations, floors, furniture, rugs or walls. This can eventually force you to repair the damage or pay to have it fixed.

Paying a licensed professional to eradicate the pest infiltration quickly and effectively can protect your property.

 

Treatment costs

The exact price of pest control treatment depends on the type of pest, size of your property, severity of the problem and the professional you hire.

You can also contract with exterminators to proactively treat your property at periodic intervals during the year to ensure your home remains pest-free all year long. On average of under 3000 Square feet house it cost $35 Monthly, or you can pay by the year. However, larger termite problems that require treatment can be more expensive, averaging from $1,000 to $3,000.

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2014 Edgewater Dr #250, Orlando, FL 32804
(321) 559-7378
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About Springtails

As warmer weather takes a grip on the entire country and summer weather brings rain, there will al-most always be calls about springtails. They get their common name because most species have a spring like structure that allows them to “jump” or launch themselves from wherever they are resting. This structure is called a “furcula.” These common pests often will move indoors when the surrounding lawn, mulch or other landscape is heavily saturated, providing them ample opportunity for explosive population growth. Customers with pools have had filters clog as springtails invade. If you need help removing these call Orlando Pest Control.

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Invasion

The quantity of springtails that can be in an area may or may not be surprising to you. If you have dealt with them before, you likely know how many there can be. Surveys of soil have them totaling anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 per cubic foot of soil. It’s when the soil dries out a little that they begin to move. As they search for moisture, they will leave the soil and enter structures. Because of their small size, they can enter through most exclusion methods like window screens, door thresholds and even around utility pipes with the smallest of gaps. They are attracted to light, so evening movement towards well-lit structures can be problematic.

Houseguests

Once they are inside, spring-tails will occupy anything with high moisture. They feed on fungi, bacteria, pollen, lichens, decaying plant matter and even feces from other insect pests. Common areas of concern are moisture-rich places such as kitchens and bathrooms, basements, crawlspaces, near leaking plumbing and in wall voids. Furniture in basements that gets a little moldy has supported large infestations of these hoppy house-crashers. Since they feed on molds and mildews, if there are any stale odors or stagnant mildew spots, springtails likely will find them.

Inspection

Inspecting for springtails can be both easy and challenging. It’s easy when you can immediately identify a condition that is causing the infestation. It becomes a little more challenging when the immediate source can’t be found. Since they are small, you may have to arm yourself with some specialty items. Well, not so specialty. Grab some glue-boards, a magnifying glass, a moisture meter and your flashlight. Dark and damp usually go together! You eventually may need more, but we are just trying to isolate what we can’t find. Use the moisture meter to locate areas indoors where moisture is a little high. Place glueboards in these spots to see if they are infested. Leave them for a few days to see if you get catches.

On the outside, complete an inspection of the building perimeter, noting any moisture leaks or areas of excessive water runoff from downspouts, thick moisture-holding mulch or leaf litter, and any wet wood or other debris. I recommend graphing it like a termite account if the problem is severe enough. This allows you to track the conducive conditions and control efforts that have been implemented. It also gives you something to hand a home-owner to physically show them the conditions supporting the problem.

Control

It is so easy to just say, “Get rid of the moisture.” While it is true that doing so will eliminate the problem, it may be impossible to eliminate all the moisture. It also doesn’t help relationships when you tell customers that the only fixes are a laundry list of things they need to do. Remember, pest management is a partnership! If you have mass numbers of springtails, get out your vacuum. Suck them up. Live or dead, it doesn’t matter. This is quick population reduction and will be a relief to a homeowner.

If you identified wall voids with issues, you could apply a water-repellent dust to the cavity. Residual applications to entry points from the outside and in heavy breeding areas also can limit infestations. Yes, our manufacturers have provided us products labeled for springtails! Crawlspaces may benefit from en-capsulation and the addition of a dehumidifier. These can be used in basements where you found mildew and mold growth. Lastly, make recommendations to the customer about adjusting automatic landscape watering systems. If they are having massive springtail problems, they are likely overwatering. These situations have flustered even the most seasoned professionals. Remember that every situation is different. Take a little time to do a great inspection. It may just be a leak somewhere that can be a fairly quick fix. Make sure you check top to bottom, as the moisture may be coming from a roof or gutter leak. Don’t give up! Persistence will evidence the issue and ultimately win the battle.

All American Pest Control
2014 Edgewater Dr #250, Orlando, FL 32804
(321) 559-7378
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