How to Get Rid of & Control Roaches in Florida

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Roaches are often attracted to moist environments, and Florida is often a breeding ground for them due to the state's moisture and humidity. Roaches are hardy and they can reproduce at a rapid rate, making controlling their population a challenge. Getting rid of and controlling roaches in Florida requires regular diligence as you remove sources of sustenance for the insects and use pesticides to kill off the roach population.

Things You'll Need

  • Pesticides
  • Dehumidifier
  • Screens
  • Clean your home thoroughly and pay particular attention to the floors to remove any crumbs or materials that can be used as a food source for roaches.

  • Remove any woodpiles from your yard, especially if they are against the house. Wood piles are often breeding grounds for roaches in the Florida climate.

  • Empty your cabinets and cupboards so you can clean them more effectively and also treat them with pesticides since roaches typically reside in darkened nooks and crannies.

  • Apply pesticides around the home in accordance with the package instructions to avoid over-spraying and to prevent chemical accidents. Pesticides can be very harmful to kids and pets when misused. Do not use pesticide on firewood since the fumes can be toxic when the firewood is burned.

  • Use a dehumidifier to lower the humidity in the home during humid times. Florida is an especially humid state and that is attractive to roaches.

  • Place screens on your windows and doors to block entry to roaches when you have the doors and windows open to combat the heat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many cockroach infestations in Florida begin around April.

References

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