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Roaches are one of the most common pests in Arizona. They can infest homes and businesses, and are a nuisance to homeowners and customers alike. In particular, restaurant owners may face citations if roach infestations are found around food.
Roaches are often brought into homes on furniture, luggage, or boxes from other infested areas. Roaches thrive particularly in densely populated areas where garbage may be plentiful and accessible. Once they are inside a home or other space, roaches can breed quickly and become a serious problem.
Cockroaches: Types and Behavior
The most common type of cockroach is the German cockroach, which is relatively small (about 1/2 inch long) with a light brown body and two dark stripes on their thoraxes. They are often found in kitchens or bathrooms due to their attraction to food sources and water.
American cockroaches, also known as palmetto bugs, are the largest type of cockroach and can grow up to 2 inches long. They are reddish-brown in color with a yellowish figure-eight pattern on their backs. These pests are commonly found in damp areas such as basements, walls, attics, and sewers.
Oriental cockroaches are another common type of cockroach and typically measure up to an inch in length. They vary from dark brown to black in color and have a glossy body appearance. Oriental cockroaches prefer cool, shady places like sewers or drainage systems but may also infest homes if the conditions are right.
Smoked Brown Cockroaches
Smoky brown cockroaches can grow up to 1 1/4 inches long and usually have a mahogany-colored body with a lighter colored head. These pests prefer moist, warm areas such as beneath porches and in sewers but may also enter homes in search of food or water.
Cockroaches are generally nocturnal creatures and will often hide during the day in dark corners or crevices. They feed on a variety of things including human food, pet food, garbage, and even other insects. They reproduce quickly and can live for up to one year if conditions are favorable. All cockroaches can be found on every continent except for Antarctica.
It is important to identify the type of cockroach infesting a home in order to control the roach problem effectively.
The Risks to Your Family’s Health
Roaches are incredibly resilient and can often be found in even the cleanest of homes. Cockroaches are one of the most disliked pests in the country, and for good reason—they’re dirty, they’re ugly, and they can be difficult to get rid of. Unfortunately, they’re also responsible for numerous dangers that pose a serious threat both to people’s health and their property. That’s why roach control is so important.
Roaches release allergens as they move around, often triggering allergies or asthma symptoms in those who are sensitive to them. They’ve been linked to a variety of diseases, including bronchitis, diarrhea, and even dysentery.
In some cases their nesting habits can also cause structural damage to a home. They may chew on wiring, which could lead to electrical hazards. Roaches have also been known to spread diseases and contaminate food items with their saliva and feces. Prevention is key, since treating them once an infestation has already occurred can be costly. And if an infestation does develop, calling a roach exterminator early is always the best solution.
Do You Have a Roach Problem in Your Phoenix Home?
Arizona is home to a number of pests, including roaches. Cleaning up after meals and other messes quickly, sealing cracks in foundation walls or gaps around pipes entering the home, and removing objects like wood piles that roaches tend to hide in can all help control roach outbreaks before they start.
Using baits and insecticides can help get rid of existing populations. It may also be useful to treat the outside perimeter of your home with granular bait or an insecticide to further repel and prevent infestations from entering. By taking these preventative steps and continuing regular inspections throughout the year, you may be able to starve roaches out so they go elsewhere looking for greener pastures.
When to Call a Professional Roach Exterminator
Once roaches gain ground, they can be difficult to eradicate. Common signs of an infestation include the appearance of live roaches in or around the home, droppings left behind by roaches, an unpleasant smell coming from forgotten areas inside the home, egg cases left behind by female roaches, and chewed food packages or other items. If you experience any of these warning signs, it is important to contact a roach exterminator immediately so they can control the infestation as effectively as possible.
Professional roach control services have an arsenal of tools and techniques at their disposal for tackling a roach infestation. For mild to moderate outbreaks, they often use baits and gels that are specifically formulated to attract roaches. These may be placed in strategic areas around the perimeter of home, in the garage, and in other vulnerable areas. In more severe cases, they turn to insecticide sprays to treat kitchen cabinets and crevices where roaches like to hide.
Finally, experienced pest control technicians may also employ methods such as exclusion devices that block entry points from outside or vacuuming them off the surface to lower the number of survivors. Professional roach exterminators can track down the source of the problem and devise a plan tailored for each individual situation.
Looking for Phoenix roach control? Polite Pest uses natural solutions (not toxic chemicals) to safeguard the health of you and your family while exterminating roaches once and for all. Our methods keep roaches from developing resistance to chemicals so that they come back bigger and stronger. If you never want to see another roach in your home again, contact Polite Pest.