Cockroach Exterminator

When a person sees a cockroach, they usually cringe. Roaches are one of the most unpopular insects and are not welcome in homes. They live in moist areas like sewers, pipes, drains, and bathrooms. They pick up germs on the spines of their legs crawling across decaying matter, garbage, and sewage. They transfer these germs onto foods and food surfaces. So, when you see a roach in your kitchen or bathroom, you have good reason to be concerned and need to remove them from your home immediately.

The most commonly found cockroaches (or Roaches) in the Tampa Bay area are:

A cockroach is a six-legged creature with an oval-shaped, flat, and low-lying body. Their long antenna makes it very easy to differentiate from other insects. Some of the species are fast-moving with wings.

They are nocturnal and stay hidden during daylight. Cockroaches start to become active at night to look for food. If you have a medium to heavy roach infestation, you’ll see them during the day when they come out to eat.


Cockroaches are known to carry over six species of parasites and 33 types of bacteria which is extremely dangerous to humans. If an unknowing person consumes food contaminated by cockroaches, it can cause food poisoning, and/or gastroenteritis. Common symptoms include severe stomach cramps and tenderness, diarrhea, belly pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Trigger for Asthma and Allergies

A cockroach allergy is a real medical condition. Sufferers of cockroach allergy have a reaction when the excrement and debris from decomposing cockroaches become airborne. This debris is then breathed in through the bronchial tubes. It can be hazardous for anyone whose home has been infested with cockroaches. High asthma rates and the presence of cockroaches in urban environments are suspected to be linked.

Cockroaches are suspected carriers of the organisms that cause the following infections:

  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Giardia
  • Leprosy
  • Listeriosis
  • Plague
  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid Fever

Cockroaches can spread E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and streptococcus.

Frequently Asked Questions About Roaches

We have a collection of blogs addressing roaches. Here are some frequently asked questions from our customers with a blog written about these subjects:

Contact Drive-Bye Exterminators immediately at the first sign of seeing cockroaches or for an inspection to make sure your property is free of roaches.