Because roaches tend to make their homes in sewers and drains, when heavy rain occurs, roaches may try to get into your home, seeking higher ground. Roaches can enter your home through tiny cracks and crevices in your foundation, through dishwasher drains, and through other entryways around windows and doors. As much as roaches prefer damp, warm places to nest and can survive underwater for about 40 minutes, they cannot live underwater. Resilient and fast, roaches need a dry place, such as inside your home to weather heavy rains and flooding.
Once inside your home, roaches may take up residence in damp, dark places, such as under your fridge or in your bathroom. American cockroaches, also known as palmetto bugs, are the largest roaches native to the U.S. and also enter structures during periods of heavy rain, to survive but don’t generally live indoors. On the other hand, smaller, German cockroaches entering homes can develop into a roach infestation rapidly. One female German cockroach and her offspring can produce around 300,000 roaches per year.
Roaches are nocturnal, scavenging for food in your home at night and living under counters, fridges, and behind walls. Because of this, you may not know you have a roach infestation until you come home one night, flip on the light switch, and see tons of roaches fleeing from the light. Roaches can trigger asthma attacks in children and can transport E.coli and Salmonella, six parasitic worms, and seven other types of human pathogens.
A professional pest control company is required to eliminate roach infestations. Licensed pest control technicians are trained in the application of materials not available to the public. If you are seeing roaches or their excrements in your South Florida home, call Petri Pest Control Services today!
Does Heavy Rain Bring Roaches in South Florida
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