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How To Control Cuban Cockroaches
You may recognize cockroaches to be an icky dark brown or black, but there is actually a type of roach that is a bright colored green. Known as the Cuban Cockroach, this roach is becoming a rising problem in the Southeastern United States. While it is a pest, it is actually easier to control compared to other cockroaches because of the fact that they don’t breed indoors.
The Cuban cockroach, as their name clearly refers, is originally from Cuba but has been steadily traveling North and has made its way to the United States where it has been seen between the states of Texas and Florida. Cuban cockroaches are also known as the Banana cockroach because of the belief that these insects made its way on U.S. soil by being accidentally shipped with containers of ripening green bananas which they blended in with.
Adult Cuban cockroaches are between ¾ of an inch to an inch long and are light colored green with male roaches being more slender and having a yellowish underside while females are darker colored and have wider bodies. Nymph Cuban roaches look very different from adults, usually being colored brown or black.
Cuban cockroaches have wings and like to fly a lot more than other cockroach species. Also unlike other species of cockroach, the Cuban cockroach is attracted to light and can be easily spotted flying next to light fixtures and lamps. Luckily for homeowners, cuban cockroaches prefer to live outdoors and do not breed indoors but they may wander in by the allure of food, particularly sweets. They are more likely to infest gardens than homes and feast on fruits and leaves.
If you have Cuban cockroaches in or around your home, Solutions Pest and Lawn can help eliminate that problem for you by offering high-quality cockroach control products.
How To Get Rid of Cuban Cockroaches: 3 Step Solution
The good news with Cuban cockroaches is that compared to other common cockroach species, they are relatively easy to control. They do not breed heavily inside homes, preferring to be outdoors but may venture on indoors since they have been gradually adjusting to enjoying human foods. As with any other roach problem, the way to achieve effective control is via sanitation, exclusion and chemical treatments. We’ve outlined an easy to follow step guide below:
Step one: Cuban roaches like to come in the home from outdoors so before engaging in any chemical treatment, you will need to conduct exclusions measures to your house to make it difficult for cockroaches (or any other insects for that matter) to enter the home. By practicing good maintenance and cleanliness around the home and sealing off as many possibly points of entries into you home that you can with screens, caulk and mesh, you will be able to prevent Cuban roaches as well as other bugs from easily gaining access to your home. Since Cuban cockroaches also are attracted to light, changing your outdoor lighting to yellow "bug" lights can help reduce the number of cockroaches attracted to a home, as can simply keeping lights turned off. Outdoors, make sure to keep your yard clean and remove clutter and debris. Remove or drain any areas with standing water. Stack firewood far away from home and perform any other indoor and outdoor sanitation measures to make your home less appealing to roaches.
Step Two: Once the proper exclusion measures have been applied both outside and inside you can then move on to treating your roach infestation in and around your home with insecticide. We suggest using a combination of baits, sprays and dusts so if roaches are resistant to one method, they may be more responsive to a different method. Baits work best indoors because of it’s delayed reaction and maximum impact of wiping out entire infestation which share the bait amongst one another. It also helps that Cuban cockroaches enjoy sweets as we have sweet sugar-based baits available. You can even use a broad-based insecticide to spray an exterior barrier around your home which will discourage roaches from sneaking in.
Step Three: Regularly inspect your home for roach activity and maintain a regular cleaning routine, daily, weekly and monthly to make sure the place is properly sanitized and unwelcoming to roaches. For Cuban cockroaches that like to hang around your garden, spread a granule bait around your yard for cockroaches to consume for further outdoor control.
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