There are about 3,500 Cockroach species in the world! Guess where about 70 of those species live? Yep, you guessed it, in Florida.
Whether you are a long time resident, or just a seasonal visitor you have seen these tough critters. In either case, the sighting of roaches is not a desired one.
Sometimes you might hear them referred to as water bugs or palmetto bugs. We always say their palmetto bugs when their inside your house, and roaches when their out.
What Do They Look Like?
Roaches are typically a reddish brown color and about an inch and a half in length. They are oval in shape, and have flat seemingly indestructible bodies. Many people don’t realize that both male and female are fully winged. They can fly short distances, but they do so rarely. You will most likely see them crawling about.
Where Do They Lurk?
Roaches stay in groups called harborages in the daytime. At night they can be found in feeding groups, this is also the time they are most active.
You may have noticed too, that they are not picky eaters. Paper, glue, dog food, shoes and even other roaches are all on the menu.
What Roaches Are In Florida?
Most who live or visit Florida see the American Roach. This is the largest species of roach. They can be identified by their size, and light brown markings behind and on their head. Other roach species are the German Roach, Brown Banded Roach, Australian Roach and the Florida Woods Roach.
A pest control specialist can identify what you might be seeing around your home.
Roaches are particularly tough. Many try roach motels and baits, gels and sprays. Though these sometimes can have an effect, it’s important to know if you have an infestation, and how bad it might be. Many times people think that just because they only see a few roaches periodically, that it’s fine. But, it could really mean there is a major roach problem.
We love Florida, but we don’t love the roaches. You don’t have to live with them though! Contact a Roach Pest Control specialist if you are tired of seeing roaches.