Roaches & Pantry Pests:
Cockroaches have broad, flattened bodies and relatively small heads. According to The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one-in-five children in the U.S. have sensitivities to cockroach allergens. These allergens are spread through cockroach saliva, droppings and body decomposition, and increase asthma symptoms. Cockroaches also carry bacteria, which can contaminate food, surfaces and cooking utensils. Common in SWFL: The American, Asian, Australian, Cuban and German Cockroach.
Pantry pests tolerate colder areas if they have already infested a food source. In the domestic setting, they are most likely to take refuge in dry foods such as nuts, seeds, cereal, and grain products. Infested items sticking together often indicate the presence of pantry pests and contamination of food. Common in SWFL: Weevils, Indian Moths, Spider and Flour Beetles.