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The Best Way To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches On Your Sarasota County Property

April 15, 2021 - Cockroaches

The most common type of cockroach in Sarasota County, Florida is the most common cockroach pest in the world. If you see German cockroaches in your home, you need to know that you have your work cut out for you. They don't take subtle hints. You need to let these roaches know, in no uncertain terms, that you want them out. There are some steps you can take that can have a big impact.

Humidity Control

Moisture inside and around your home plays a big role in a roach infestation. These insects are drawn to damp habitats and will feed on objects that are stored in humid or damp spaces, such as books, fabrics, and foods. Address humid areas in your home and dampness around your home to let roaches know they're not welcome.

Moisture also plays a direct role in the sustenance of cockroaches. If you have droplets of water in your sinks, tub, or shower, those will provide a drink for roaches. Fix any leaking faucets or showerheads.


Cockroaches feed on many things. While they can eat the same foods you eat, they're not nearly as picky. In fact, they prefer their foods to be rotting. Good sanitation is one of the pillars of cockroach management. Here are some examples:

  • Vacuum your rugs regularly to remove food particles.
  • Sweep floors daily.
  • Vacuum your furniture and consider refraining from eating food in your living room.
  • Remove your kitchen trash frequently.
  • If you put leftover foods in your trash, consider pre-bagging them in a plastic bag you get from the grocery store.
  • Deep clean under and around appliances.

Contain Food

Along with good sanitation, it is important to keep your foods protected. This doesn't just resist roaches, it helps to protect you from illness.

  • Store pantry foods in sealed containers.
  • Store potatoes in a sealed plastic tote.
  • Put fruit in your refrigerator.
  • Put pet food down for a limited time and never overnight.
  • Put dirty dishes in soapy water. Roaches will eat food off dishes that are in a dry stack or placed in your dishwasher.

Access Points

Once you've considered moisture and food sources, you need to consider entry points and the gaps, cracks, and holes cockroaches use to move about inside your home. Roaches don't chew holes through wood and other building materials. They use holes and openings that already exist. A caulking gun can help you fill in gaps around pipes, windows, doors, and other troublespots. Be sure to do a detailed inspection of your exterior. Examine your exterior doors and replace damaged weatherstripping and door sweeps as well. 

Roach Control In Sarasota

If you take the steps above and you don't have success driving roaches out, don't worry. Your efforts were not wasted. Any pest control applied to get control of cockroaches in your Sarasota County home will be far more effective if these factors are addressed. When it comes to applying products to targeted cockroaches, we recommend having a licensed pest professional handle the task. Why? Because there are far too many ways this can be done wrong. In some cases, residents find themselves in a worse situation after applying chemical products that make them even sicker than the roaches themselves—and that is saying something. Roaches are linked to a long list of medical threats.

German Cockroach Control

If you live in Sarasota County, reach out to A Bug's Life Pest Management to get the best results possible. Our team uses industry-leading products and strategies to locate and exterminate Florida roaches. We can help you get the control you're looking for with our home pest control and commercial pest control services.

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