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Florida Woods Cockroaches

Florida Woods Cockroaches  Also known as the stinking cockroach, Florida Woods Cockroaches (Eurycotis floridana) are large insects which measure close to 3 to 4cm. When they are being attacked or threatened, they emanate a very bad-smelling liquid. As the name indicates, they are commonly found in Florida, as the place is very humid and warm. Other places where one can spot these insects in large numbers are West Indies, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. They are commonly known as palmetto bugs as well, because they usually reside underneath a dense growth of palmetto leaves.

Florida Woods Cockroaches have their wings carefully concealed within their bodies. At a first look, they look like wingless insects; however, that is not the case. These cockroaches are mostly black to dark brown in colour. Water attracts them the most. Therefore if you have leaking pipes in your house, you should be careful of these visitors. Usually, these cockroaches do not cause infestations inside homes, as they enter only for warmth purposes. No serious damages have been reported so far. At times, they can enter homes through leaking pipes and can comfortably settle down in your bathtubs. Small cracks, open windows & doors, water accumulation near houses, leakage etc. are some of the reasons that enable Florida Woods Cockroaches to enter into homes.

What do they eat and where do they stay?
Florida Woods Cockroaches mostly live in areas that are humid, dark and remote. They can be found in limestone cavities, underneath tree barks, inside the trunk of trees, among shrubs that are densely grown, litter of leaves, piles of wood and logs that are in rotting stage. Moist and smelly areas attract these cockroaches in large numbers. Their diet usually consists of mosses, microbes found in the soil, dead plants, damp leaves, barks, lichens and other substances that are found in a damp environment.
How to prevent Florida Woods Cockroaches from entering your homes?
Following these tips can prevent Florida Woods Cockroaches from entering into your homes:
  • Regular checks to ensure walls and foundation don’t have any cracks
  • Tight sealing of all existing cracks
  • Installation of tight screen on open windows
  • Attending to leaked pipes immediately
  • Keeping the area around your house trash-free and moist-free
  • Moving all wood piles and firewood as far as possible from your home
  • Cutting down usage of porch lights, as these lights attract Florida Woods Cockroaches to a great extent

Though not many cases of infestations have been reported so far, Florida Woods Cockroaches can enter into homes easily first for warmth and then settle down nicely if they are not controlled well. They can deposit their droppings on foods laid out in your kitchen tables, which when consumed, can lead to problems like dysentery for people who are already suffering from respiratory problems. If you see even one such cockroach at your place, it is better to call an expert pest control agency right away. Toro Pest Management, with close to 50 years of impeccable service in the pest control field, is one of the leaders in this industry.

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Florida Woods Cockroaches

Miami-Dade County: Aventura, Bal Harbour Village, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park , Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, El Portal, Florida City, Golden Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Indian Creek Village, Islandia, Key Biscayne Village, Medley, Miami City, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Shores Village, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-Locka, Palmetto Bay Village, Pinecrest , South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens and West Miami.

Broward County: Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood Florida, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderdale by the Sea, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors .

Palm Beach County: West Palm Beach , Boca Raton , Boynton Beach , Delray Beach , Greenacres , Jupiter , Lake Worth , Palm Beach Gardens , Royal Palm Beach and Wellington .

Monroe County: Key Largo , Islamorada , Marathon and Key West.

Ants: Acrobat Ant, Allegheny Mound Ant, Argentine Ant, Big-headed Ant, Carpenter Ant, Citronella Ant, Crazy Ant, Field Ant, Fire Ant, Ghost Ant, Harvester Ant, Little Black Ant, Moisture Ant, Odorous House Ant, Pavement Ant, Pharaoh Ant, Texas Leaf Cutter Ant, Thief Ant, Velvety Tree Ant and White-footed Ant.

Bitings Insects: Bed Bugs, Bird Lice, Cat Flea, House Mosquito, Human Head Lice, Kissing Bug, Pubic Lice and Thrips

Mosquitoes: Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes-Aegypti Mosquito and Culex Mosquito.

Cockroaches: American Cockroach, Asian Cockroach, Australian Cockroach, Brown Banded Cockroach, Cuban Cockroach, Florida Woods Cockroach, German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, Smoky Brown Cockroach, Surinam Cockroach and Woods Cockroach.

Flies: Blow Fly and Bottle Fly, Cluster Fly, Crane Fly, Face Fly, Flesh Fly, Fruit Fly, Fungus Gnat, House Fly, Drain Fly and Phorid Fly.

Rodents: Deer Mouse, House Mouse, Norway Rat, Pack Rat, Roof Rat, Vole and White-footed Mouse.

Spiders: Black Widow Spider , Brown Recluse Spider, Cellar Spider, Crab Spider, Domestic House Spider, Funnelweb Spider, Garden Spider, Ground Spider, Hobo Spider, House Spider, Jumping Spider, Spiny-backed Orb Weaver Spider, Tarantula, Wolf Spider and Yellow Sac Spider.

Stinging Pests: Africanized Honeybee, American Dog Tick, Bald-faced Hornet, Bed Bugs, Bird Lice, Bird Mite, Deer Tick, Brown Dog Tick, Bumblebee, Carpenter Bee, Cat Flea, European Hornet, Fire Ant, Honeybee, Human Head Lice, Kissing Bug, Lone Star Tick, Paper Wasp, Scorpion, Soft Tick, Thrips and Yellow Jacket.

Termites: Dampwood Termite, Drywood Termite, Formosan Subterranean Termite and Subterranean Termite.

Ticks and Mites: American Dog Tick, Bird Mite, Black-legged Tick, Brown Dog Tick, Clover Mite, Lone Star Tick and Soft Tick.

Other Pests: American Spider Beetle, Bean Weevil, Cigarette Beetle, Cowpea Weevil, Dried Fruit Beetle, Drugstore Beetle, Foreign Grain Beetles, Indian Meal Moth, Larder Beetle, Mediterranean Flour Moth, Red or Confused Flour Beetle, Rice & Granary Weevils, Sawtoothed & Merchant, Grain Beetles, Shiny Spider Beetle, Cabinet Beetles, Centipedes & Millipedes, Chinch Bugs and Earwigs.

Florida Woods Cockroaches


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