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Some Things You Should Know About Cockroaches

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

For most people, there are two major things we know about cockroaches.  First, it is widely accepted that they will survive a nuclear explosion that occurs in close proximity to them.  And second, they are vile insects that make a very unpleasant noise if you attempt to dispose of them.  If you’re starting to see these nuisances popping up in your Orlando home, there are some things you should know about them before you take extreme measures.  One of the biggest problems with controlling a cockroach infestation is determining where they’re actually coming from. We’ll give you some tips on how to manage this.

Cockroaches will do some crafty things to obtain food from different sources.  The first step is trying to monitor their habits.  Cockroaches tend to be territorial, so they typically reside within 15 square feet from an area they know they can access food.  Once you know where they’re coming from, it is important to specifically target that area and be persistent with it.  Baits and gels are generally going to be the go-to for managing the potential infestation of cockroaches.  Any form of fogging isn’t going to be particularly effective for this situation.  Fogging has the chance of pushing roaches further into the infrastructure of your building.

Baits have to go in ideal locations so they don’t attract roaches to other locations, furthering the problem.  With gels, be very careful with the amount you use.  Don’t try to be liberal with it and apply globs of it to the problem area.

Cockroach infestations can be a stressful and timely situation, so contact a professional pest control company in Orlando today. Call Pro-Staff Termite & Pest Control, Inc. today at 407-292-PEST.

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Pro-Staff Termite & Pest Control, Inc.
6211 Edgewater Dr. • Orlando, FL 32810 • 407-292-7378

Seminole County Office
2100 Ronald Reagan Blvd • Ste. 1024 • Longwood, FL 32750 • 407-331-7378

Dealing With Palmetto Bugs in Your Florida Home

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The presence of palmetto bugs in our homes can be startling.  Though their name is somewhat of a euphemism, palmetto bugs are also called the “Florida woods cockroach”, and they quite large for a species of cockroach (1 ½ to 2 inches in length).  Palmetto bugs thrive in Florida because of the abundance of damp areas and frequent humid weather.  Though palmetto bugs are more commonly found outside in foliage, trees, and sheltered outdoor areas, Palmetto bugs may be attracted to certain areas within our homes, such as bathrooms and other areas with perpetual damp areas (kitchen, laundry room).

Some families are terrified of the notion of having a Palmetto bug infestation, and decide to find any means of eliminating this pest.  There is a very real problem of the threats that come along with the cockroach, not necessarily what they are capable of doing alone.  It has been reported that cockroaches are able to spread 33 kinds of bacteria, six different parasitic worms, and several other harmful human pathogens.

One helpful way to keep palmetto bugs out of your house is baiting.  Here are some tips on effective cockroach baiting in your home:

•    Strategic placement of bait.  You want to plan out where the cockroaches are moving throughout the house, not just where you’re finding them.  Put them in areas that you believe to be “traffic zones” for the pests.
•    You can use baits in conjunction with insecticides if you want to expedite the process.
•    Just because you have laid bait down doesn’t mean you can proceed with the habits you had prior to an infestation.  You will need to keep a routine of good sanitation, proper storage of food and waste, and reducing the number of places cockroaches can hide.

If you are losing the battle against your infestation and need the assistance of a professional pest control company in Orlando, call Pro-Staff Termite & Pest Control, Inc. today at 407-292-PEST, for a free inspection or quote.

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Pro-Staff Termite & Pest Control, Inc.
6211 Edgewater Dr. • Orlando, FL 32810 • 407-292-7378

Seminole County Office
2100 Ronald Reagan Blvd • Ste. 1024 • Longwood, FL 32750 • 407-331-7378