Is it a Palmetto Bug or a Cockroach?
Palmetto bugs are a specific type of cockroach. These pests are also known as American cockroaches or water bugs and can be frightening to spot in your home due to their large size. While you may occasionally see these creatures inside your home, these pests prefer to live outside and often find their ways indoors by accident. Palmetto bugs commonly enter homes through cracks and crevices around doors, drains and windows.
Here’s what to expect when we treat your home for Palmetto Bugs:
- An ABC Pest Control expert will examine your home and locate possible entry points.
- We will apply roach repellent to keep these creatures from entering your home.
- Once the solution has been applied, your ABC technician will seal up entry points and replace weather stripping if necessary.
- Put additional preventative measures in place to keep these pests from making their way inside your home again.
It is common to see an uptick in pest activity shortly after treatment. When we treat your home, we make these pests’ living quarters inhospitable, so they often emerge in search of a new place to nest. Roaches will unknowingly bring the bait product back with them to any new area they decide to inhabit. Eventually, this will lead to the elimination of the entire population of palmetto bugs.
If the pest activity around your home has not decreased a week after your initial treatment, reach out to us. Any treatments after this time and within 30 days of your first treatment call will come at no additional cost to you. Contact ABC Home & Commercial today to get started with a free estimate.
Signs of a Palmetto Bug Infestation
Since palmetto bugs are nocturnal and prefer to avoid human interaction, if you start seeing these creatures during the day it can mean that you have a full-blown infestation.
In addition to spotting these nocturnal creatures out during the day, other indications of a cockroach problem include:
- A musty smell
- Cockroach droppings in cabinets that look similar to coffee grounds
- Smear marks along wall and floor junctions, as well as other areas where roaches might be traveling
- Molted skins that are about the same size and shape of a cockroach
- Cockroach egg casings that are cylindrical, long and yellow
As a part of our initial inspection, we will look for these signs in areas that palmetto bugs are commonly found. Since these pests prefer warm areas with close proximity to water, our technicians usually check bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, drains and any other areas that may have excess moisture. Get in touch with ABC Home & Commercial for a free consultation.
At ABC, we understand that after discovering you have a cockroach problem, you want to have a professional come to your home to begin treatments quickly. If you find yourself in this scenario, get in contact with us and we will put you on our pest control schedule at the earliest opportunity.
ABC is a family-run business that has been providing effective, reliable pest control for homeowners and business owners for over 60 years. Our customers have additional peace of mind knowing that all of our specialists are drug tested and checked for criminal history prior to joining ABC. Before performing service calls, our technicians go through additional in-house training so they are equipped to handle any type of pest problem, big or small. Lastly, we believe in treating your home as if it was our own and will always put your family’s well-being first.
Does ABC help with other types of roaches?
In addition to American cockroaches, ABC also routinely helps Orlando-area homeowners with German cockroaches. German roaches are smaller than American cockroaches, and are more likely to invade your home.
With German cockroach infestations, ABC uses a two-fold approach:
- First, we apply a non-repellent pesticide in the areas where these roaches commonly travel. We use this type of treatment so these cockroaches will unknowingly bring this material back with them to their nests, which in turn halts the reproductive cycle.
- In conjunction, we routinely put in bait stations to reduce the population of adult roaches.
In order for these bait systems to be effective, roaches must not have other food sources available during treatment, so homeowners must be diligent about cleaning up around their home. Keeping general clutter to a minimum will also provide roaches and other pests with fewer places to hide.
Can’t I get rid of palmetto bugs myself?
Female cockroaches can lay up to 10,000 eggs in a single year. Although there are roach control products you can buy at the store, eliminating roaches can be a near-impossible task to do on your own.
When it comes to a resilient pest like the roach, a consistent and effective application of treatments is often needed to get rid of their populations entirely. For these reasons, contacting a professional pest control company is often the best route to take to tackle a roach problem.
How often will you treat my property?
Many Orlando residents find that palmetto bugs are increasingly common during various times of the year. Because of the seasonal nature of pest activity, we find that the majority of infestations will require multiple treatments.
To prevent future infestations, ABC offers an ongoing monitoring program. With this program, our customers receive regular treatments of preventative products, as well as peace of mind that comes with knowing that if you see any signs of new pest activity, your ABC technicians can stop an infestation before it starts.
What impact do your products have on my family and the environment?
Because ABC is a family-run business, we hand-select the products we use, only using solutions we would use on our own property. At ABC, we believe in treating your home as if it was our own, so we train our technicians to only use products in targeted areas in the lowest concentrations possible. If you still have questions or concerns, our technicians would be happy to address any questions or concerns you have regarding your treatment plan.