How to Get Rid of Florida Cockroaches

08 April 2024 · 3 min read

Living in the sunny state of Florida has its perks: beautiful beaches, warm weather, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. However, one downside that many Florida residents have to deal with is roaches. These pesky critters seem to find their way into even the cleanest of homes. If you’ve noticed some unwanted guests with too many legs scurrying around your Florida home, this guide is for you. In this blog, you’ll learn everything about Florida cockroaches and ways to get rid of them.

Types of Roaches in Florida

Some of the most common types of roaches you can find in your Florida home are:

American Cockroach: These large roaches can reach up to 2 inches in length and are reddish-brown with a distinctive yellow band around their head. They love warm, humid areas like bathrooms and kitchens, and they have the ability to fly.

German Cockroach: Smaller than their American cockroaches at only ½ inch long, they are light brown with two dark stripes on their backs. You can find them near food sources like pantries. While they can’t fly, they can climb smooth surfaces with ease. 

Smokybrown Cockroach: With a dark brown or black color and a length of 1 1/2 inches, smokybrown roaches blend in easily. Their wings cover their entire body, and they’re commonly found near food and water sources. 

Brown-Banded Cockroach: Similar in size to German roaches, brown-banded roaches have light brown bodies with darker bands across them. They don’t require as much moisture as other species and can live in warm, dry areas like attics.

What Bugs Can Be Mistaken for Roaches?

While discovering a cockroach scurrying across your floor can be a nightmare for most, sometimes what you think is a roach may actually be a different insect entirely. Here are some common roach impostors you might encounter.

Crickets: With their arched backs and long antennae, crickets can easily be mistaken for cockroaches, especially in dim lighting. However, their rounded bodies and jumping ability set them apart from the flat, crawling roaches. 

Beetles: The sizable stage beetle shares roaches’ dark coloring and hard exoskeleton. But their impressive mandibles and flying capabilities distinguish them from their wingless imitators.  

Giant Water Bugs: Don’t let their name fool you—these enormous insects are not cockroaches at all. Giant water bugs dwarf most roach species, sometimes reaching up to 4 inches in length with their wide, flat bodies.

Oriental Beetle: At over an inch long with a glossy brown shell, the oriental beetle is frequently confused with large roach varieties like smokybrown cockroaches. However, beetles have distinct antennas and hard wing covers.

While some mistaken bug identity moments simply lead to a startle, proper identification allows you to address any potential infestation issues effectively. Nevertheless, any multi-legged home invaders likely deserve equal attention and prompt removal.

What Attracts Roaches the Most?

Like many pests, roaches are drawn to certain conditions inside your home. Here are some of the things that roaches are attracted to:

Food Sources: Roaches will happily feast on crumbs, spills, or unsealed food packaging found in kitchens and pantries. But their indiscriminate palates extend to things like soap, toothpaste, and even wallpaper paste.

Water Sources: Access to moisture is important for roaches to survive. They are commonly found near leaky pipes, condensation around sinks or tubs, and garages.

Warm Environment: Roaches thrive in high temperatures, which is why they may take up residence near heat sources like furnaces and motors. 

Many people ask the common question: Why do I have roaches when my house is clean? Even when your house is clean of garbage, you need to make sure you don’t have any leaky pipes or faucets. Roaches don’t even need human food to survive, they eat anything, even each other! A fun fact to know about roaches is that they can survive without food for a month but will die within a week without water.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Roaches 

Here are some home remedies to get rid of the roaches you see around: 

Baking Soda and Sugar: Roaches are drawn to, but can’t digest, baking soda. Mix the two in a shallow dish and watch the roaches meet their demise.

Boric Acid: Another lethal bait for roaches is boric acid when mixed with sugar. The sugar lures them in, while the boric acid kills them.

Citrus: Roaches despise the smell of citrus fruits like lemon or orange. Use the peels or oils as a natural repellent around your home. 

Eucalyptus and Peppermint Oil: The strong aromas from these essential oils drive roaches away. In a spray bottle, mix a few drops with water and apply to problem areas in your home. 

If you tried these remedies and still have a roach infestation problem, then it is time to call for some professional help. Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control offer free quotes to assess the situation and recommend the right treatment method. We are committed to fixing your pest problem right away, and we will return until you’re satisfied, and the pest problem is fixed.

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