Where Would I Find Roaches Living in My Home?  

09 May 2024 · 4 min read

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Are Roach Infestations Common in Tampa?  

Just a couple of months ago in November, Tampa found itself ranked as the 3rd most roach-infested city in the United States, according to a report by Pest Gnome, a company specializing in pest control services across the county. This unsettling news highlights a significant infestation problem with roaches in Tampa. A study conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development back in 2022 revealed that a surprising 30.4% of homeowners reported at least one infestation per year. With such alarming statistics in the past two years, it’s evident that roaches are increasingly becoming an ongoing problem for homeowners and figuring out where they are living in your home is crucial.

As roach infestations continue to persist, it becomes crucial for homeowners to become more knowledgeable about identifying these pests’ hiding spots and implementing measures for elimination. Additionally, seeking professional pest control services can provide homeowners with effective and long-term solutions to prevent future infestations. By taking proactive steps and staying informed, homeowners can better protect their living spaces and avoid being part of the percentage of homeowners reporting an infestation in their homes.  

What Are the Different Household Roaches?   

American Cockroach: These roaches are one of the common species found in Florida homes. They measure anywhere from 1.5 to 2 inches in length and are reddish-brown in color. To really be able to distinguish them, they have a yellowish infinity sign on the shell behind their head. The female American cockroach can produce up to 16 eggs in a sitting and hatch within 6 to 8 weeks.   

German Cockroach:  German roaches are typically smaller in size, ranging from .5 to .6 inches in length. They are either light brown or tan with two dark stripes running on the back of their shell. The female German roaches can produce multiple times in her lifetime, each containing around 30 to 40 eggs. The eggs take around 28 days to hatch.    

Asian Cockroach: Asian roaches are similar in appearance to German roaches but are slightly larger, ranging from .6 to .7 inches. These roaches are light brown in color and have the same two stripes running on the back of their shell. Asian roaches produce rapidly and can produce multiple times in their lifetime. Each time they lay up to 50 eggs, where the eggs hatch in 1 to 2 months.    

Each of these roach species exhibits unique habitat preferences and behaviors, yet all can invade homes and pose problems for homeowners. Understanding their reproductive cycles can be crucial for knowing how large the infestation could be.  

What Are Roaches Attracted to in My Home?  

German, American, and Asian cockroaches are commonly attracted to homes in Florida due to several factors. The biggest factor our experts found is food sources, roaches are scavengers and are attracted to several food sources. This includes crumbs, food and liquid spills, unsealed food containers, left-out pet food, and garbage. German and Asian roaches are attracted to sugary and starchy food, while American roaches are less picky and consume a wide variety of foods.    

The next two factors of why roaches are attracted to homes in Florida are due to the easy access to water sources and shelter. Roaches, just like humans, need water to survive, so they are often attracted to moist and humid environments. Leaky pipes, dripping faucets, and humid areas in your home provide ideal conditions for roaches to thrive. Roaches are also nocturnal; they prefer to have dark and warm places to hide during the day.    

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Where Can I Find Roaches in My Home?  

Different roach species are found in different hiding places in homes due to their attraction and preferences. 

American Roach 

  • Crawl spaces: American roaches are drawn to dark and damp environments, often seeking refuge in air vents and crawl spaces. A common surprise for homeowners occurs when these roaches emerge from air conditioning vents as winter ends and the AC is switched on.
  • Bathrooms: They are commonly found in moist areas where there are drains and leaky pipes.  
  • Kitchens: American roaches are known for infesting kitchens due to the abundant supply of food. They will often hide in cracks and crevices near stoves and refrigerators.  
  • Garages: Garages attract American Roaches due to their high moisture levels. Also, garages are usually the space that contains the most clutter and stored items, which makes it ideal for American roaches.  

German Roach 

  • Bathrooms: German roaches are drawn to moisture like American roaches and love to hide under pipes and sinks in the bathroom.  
  • Kitchens: German roaches are attracted to all different kinds of food sources and love hiding in different spots in the kitchen.  You may find them in appliances such as dishwashers, stoves, microwaves, and toasters.  They will also hide in any cracks or crevice between the refrigerator or stove.  You may also find these roaches hiding in cabinets or pantries where it can be dark and secluded.  

Asian Roach

  • While most Asian Roaches thrive outdoors more, they tend to find their way indoors to get shelter. They may occasionally come inside through open doors or windows at night when they are attracted to lights.  

How Do I Get Roaches Out of My Home?

To effectively eliminate roach infestations from your home, implementing preventative measures is crucial. Homeowners should prioritize maintaining cleanliness, repairing any leaks in kitchens and bathrooms, and sealing entry points like windows and doors. Regular cleaning practices, proper food storage, and addressing moisture sources can significantly deter roaches from establishing themselves. 

However, for more severe infestations or persistent issues, seeking professional assistance from a reputable pest control company is highly recommended. Greenhouse, your local and trusted pest control provider, offers comprehensive inspections to accurately assess the extent of the infestation. Our specialized services, such as the German Roach Flush, designed for challenging infestations, ensure effective eradication strategies tailored to your needs. With our expertise and dedicated approach, homeowners can regain control of their living spaces and maintain a roach-free environment.

References

https://be.chewy.com/detect-flea-infestation/

https://maggiesfarmproducts.com/blogs/bug-help/fleas-in-the-carpet

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