Finding Out You Have Roaches
You may have been doing the dishes last night and you saw something brown scuttering by, you turn to realize it is a baby roach. You scream and grab a shoe then squash it! Or maybe you were in the shower when you realized you were sharing the bathroom with a little brown insect – a roach! Whether you have seen one roach or multiple, we are here to give you everything you need to know about getting rid of roaches in Sarasota.
Sarasota’s Attraction for Roaches
Sarasota’s warm climate and the fact that it is surrounded by water means that it is a perfect place for roaches to live and breed. The fact that the area has been well-established for many years and the neighborhoods are older, means that roaches are more common as they have been living there for many years. For example, the old pile of firewood in your neighbor’s yard is the perfect place for roaches to live and breed.
Unfortunately, it is common for multiple homes in older neighborhoods to have roach issues, however, there are some things you can do outside your home and in your neighborhood to avoid roach issues, including:
- Clean up debris and piles of old wood around your home. Avoid stacking garden waste for long periods of time.
- Keep crawl spaces clean.
- Fix plumbing leaks as they are a constant supply of water for roaches.
- Make sure dumpsters are emptied regularly and don’t let old waste sit for long periods of time.
- Clean up leaves regularly.
- Keep storage sheds as clean as possible.
If you live in a community, we recommend talking to your HOA about these issues. If you are not in a planned community, there are often community events or other meetings and online platforms where you can discuss these issues.
What Kind of Roach am I Seeing?
If you see a roach inside or outside your home, it is important to identify the type of roach so that you can understand the best type of treatment. These are the most common roaches in Sarasota.
German roaches are often brought into the home through boxes, grocery bags, or second-hand furniture or appliances. They live mostly inside, preferring bathrooms and kitchens given the continuous supply of food & water. German Roaches are light brown/tan in color and they are smaller in size. They often scatter when you turn the lights on at nighttime and they hide under appliances, like fridges and stoves. The best treatment for German roaches is the flush and you can find out more about the flush in this preparation guide.
American roaches, otherwise known as the Palmetto bug, are very common in Sarasota homes. They are present both inside and outside the home as they can live comfortably in both places if it is warm and they have access to water. American roaches are dark brown and are larger than the German roach. They love mulch beds as a place to breed. They normally only require 1 Greenhouse roach treatment to eliminate them from your home. Yes, they can fly which can be startling at times!
The Asian roach is a strong flier so that might be a telling sign that you are dealing with an Asian roach infestation. They are brown with stripes behind their heads. Asian roaches love lights around the home as they feed on other insects. If they enter your home, you will see them fly toward lamps and other lights. Given these roaches often live outside, pest control treatment, including mulch bed treatment is highly recommended.
Best Way to Get Rid of Roaches in Sarasota
The best way to get rid of roaches in Sarasota is a combination of prevention and treatment. With regards to prevention, we listed a bunch of outdoor prevention tips above. Indoor roach prevention includes:
- Be careful about bringing in bags, second-hand furniture, and boxes. Inspect anything before you bring it inside.
- Take out the trash daily.
- Don’t leave the garage open overnight. The same goes for leaving windows and doors open for long periods of time – it is basically an invitation for roaches.
- Seal cracks and crevices around your home, including cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Fix plumbing leaks quickly.
- Don’t leave pet food out for long periods of time and not overnight.
Preventative pest control treatment is an important part of pest management. Quarterly maintenance sprays are recommended by a pest professional to prevent pests as well as squash any infestations quickly.
Call Greenhouse for your roach issues in Sarasota – we would be delighted to protect your family.