In South Florida, bugs are never in short supply and the occasional pest that ventures into your home from outdoors should be no cause for alarm. Tiny black bugs in your kitchen are often brought into your home in cardboard boxes or paper bags, along with your groceries. One or two bugs in your home can be no problem. The problems start when a couple of bugs turn into an infestation. Then, it’s time to find out what kind of tiny black bugs are disrupting your life and how to eliminate them.
Cockroaches may start small but can get real serious real fast
More than likely, more than a few tiny black bugs running around your kitchen indicates cockroach activity and possibly an infestation. Cockroaches mature in about 100 days. Female German cockroaches can produce up to 400 eggs in a lifespan, breeding constantly. Cockroaches like damp, warm places to hide and breed. Common nesting areas include behind and under refrigerators, as well as in crevices and cracks under counters or inside cabinets. In South Florida, the most common cockroaches that infest homes include:
- American cockroaches
- Australian cockroaches
- German cockroach
Life cycle of roaches
Cockroaches go through three stages in their life cycles – eggs, nymphs, and adults. Immature cockroaches don’t differ much in appearance from adults but may be difficult to identify for a couple of reasons, including:
- Cockroaches are nocturnal and don’t come out during the day. Should you see roach activity during the day, that’s an indication of an infestation and possibly overcrowding of a nest.
- Roaches are fast and can easily get away before you can take action.
How do you eliminate these tiny and not so tiny bugs?
Eliminating cockroach infestations can prove a long and arduous struggle. First of all, cockroaches are among the most resilient creatures on the planet. Able to hold their breath underwater for 45 minutes and able to survive without their heads for a week, cockroaches can also survive for a month without food. Food, to a cockroach, can consist of anything from table crumbs to your pet’s dry food.
Keep your home clean and dry
More as a prevention technique than an elimination method, making your home unattractive to roaches and other household pests, a focus on cleaning and decluttering is recommended to prevent roaches. These measures include:
- Sealing and caulking all cracks and crevices in your foundation and around windows and doors
- Sweeping and/or vacuuming food prep and dining areas after each meal or snack
- Wiping down all food prep and dining area surfaces after each meal or snack
- Cleaning all plates and utensils immediately after meals and snacks
- Storing all perishable food items in the fridge
- Storing dry goods in airtight glass, metal, or hard plastic containers
- Feeding pets only as much as they will consume in one meal
- Emptying tight-fitting trash receptacles and sanitizing them often
- Sanitizing your outdoor trash receptacles regularly
- Correcting drainage problems or issues in water-prone areas
DIY roach elimination products
Boric acid sprinkled around baseboards in your kitchen has been known to provide some relief of pests, including roaches. DIY roach sprays, gels, and baits may be helpful when trying to get rid of roaches before infestations occur. Diligence in changing out baits and traps is important when using liquid baits and traps. Roach bombs or foggers may kill some roaches that are directly exposed but they also can scatter or spread other roaches to new areas. Most homeowners find them to be inconvenient and unpleasant to use as well.
Most commercial products that you can purchase online or at your local home improvement store, by law, are required to be safe for consumers to use, following child safety regulations. Because cockroaches are resilient to many conditions including heat and water, it should come as no surprise that the DIY products available directly to consumers will not do enough to eliminate a roach infestation in your home. Moreover, homeowners typically waste a lot of money unsuccessfully trying to get a cockroach situation under control. In most cases of cockroach infestations, a professional pest control company such as Petri Pest Control Services will be required to eliminate cockroaches in your home or business.
Contact a trusted, reliable pest control service
As is the case with termites and rodent infestations, roach infestations should be handled professionally for several reasons. For one thing, professional pest control companies employ technicians that are trained and licensed in using the strongest and most effective products on the market to get rid of roaches in your home or business. As certified professionals, pest control technicians are privy to the latest news and developments in the pest control industry, including the ever-evolving line of products that address immunities roaches and other pests develop to pest control products. Most importantly, professional pest control companies not only treat and eliminate current pest activities and infestations but offer pest prevention services to protect your home from future pest infestations, year-round.
If you suspect you have cockroach activity in your home or business, in South Florida, contact Petri Pest Control Services for a free pest inspection, as soon as possible. Serving Broward and Palm Beach Counties for 65 years, Petri Pest Control Services is your go-to neighborhood pest control company for reliable, affordable pest control services. Ignoring tiny black bugs could turn into a cockroach infestation.
Contact us today to schedule a free pest inspection and say Adios Cucarachas!
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