This is the second installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
In Fort Myers, you will hear a lot of people talk about Palmetto bugs. After you’ve lived in the area long enough, you realize that the term has just come to mean “really huge cockroach.”
There is actually a “true” Palmetto bug (it’s known as the Florida Woods Cockroach), however, you aren’t as likely to see that one in your home. If it moves slowly and stinks when you squash it, then it might have been a Palmetto bug. Otherwise, we’re sorry to tell you, it’s probably a cockroach!
Cockroaches are nocturnal. You may see them scatter when you turn on a light in your house. You’ve probably noticed they like places where they can easily hide, like in cracks, cabinets and around sinks. You’ll find them more often in bathrooms and kitchens because they like moisture, but garages are also a frequent hotspot for cockroaches.
The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to prevent them from liking your home in the first place!
How can you do that?
- Keep your house clean and tidy.
- Always get rid of garbage, especially leftover foods.
- Clean dishes right away and don’t leave unsealed food on the counter or in your kitchen cabinets.
- Sweep your kitchen and dining areas for any crumbs.
- Vacuum frequently.
Unfortunately, even the cleanest Fort Myers homes can have cockroaches. But, there is still more you can do to help deter them.
- Check your plumbing for any leaky pipes, and tighten them wherever necessary.
- Check your doors and windows – are they completely tight or are there tiny gaps?
Finally, get rid of your clutter!
Roaches love hiding spaces, so don’t give them any.Throw away old newspapers, get rid of any piles of boxes, and clear out cabinets. This will also help a pest control professional give your home a proper application of pesticides, should it be necessary.
If you’re experiencing problems with a pest other than a Palmetto bug in Fort Myers, chances are their in our eBook 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out.
If you’re unable to contain the pest yourself and need professional help contact us online or call us at (800) 314-881.