How well do you know roaches? Do you know that cockroaches can scale walls and run across ceilings at full speed? Are you aware that cockroaches are resistant to cockroach control products? Do you know what it takes to get rid of cockroaches in Phoenix? Well, you're in luck. We're going to give you everything you need to identify common pest roaches, evaluate what is needed to control them, and offer five no-nonsense tips to prevent cockroach infestations. We'll also tell you how your professional cockroach pest control in Phoenix works. Strap in. This article is filled with helpful cockroach facts every resident should know.
How To Identify A Cockroach
We only have a handful of common roaches in Phoenix. We'll give you a quick rundown of each, tell you how to identify them, and explain unique traits that make them easier or harder to control. Cockroach identification is the first step in any roach control program.
Wood Roaches: These are daywalkers. If you see cockroaches running around in your home or on your property during the day, they are wood roaches. Of all the pest roaches you have to deal with, these are the best. They don't prefer to live in your home at all. If you work hard to seal exterior cracks and crevices, you'll likely keep these pests outside.
Oriental Cockroaches: These roaches are entirely black. They are oval in shape and look like they have armor. While the dirtiest of all roaches in our area, they're the easiest to control. They prefer to lay their egg pouches in rotting organic matter that is far too stinky to have in your home. They also have a high requirement for moisture.
American Cockroaches: These big roaches (often referred to as palmetto bugs) are a chestnut color and have a yellow figure eight mark. You may also look at this mark as two dark brown spots on orangish-yellow. These are the largest roaches that get into Phoenix homes. The good news is that they prefer high humidity and, like Oriental cockroaches, are controlled by managing moisture.
German Cockroaches: These tiny, tan roaches have two black lines on the back that look like an equal sign. They're the worst pest roaches on this list, or any list. They can tolerate dry conditions and food scarcity. For this reason, they are very common indoor pests. German roaches are so common indoors that they often spread from location to location by hitchhiking rather than coming in from the yard. When we get a call and someone says, "I don't know how I got roaches; my home is clean," we know they're talking about German cockroaches. If you identify these as the roaches in your home, contact a licensed pest control provider for a German cockroach treatment.
There you go. Now you have a simple understanding of what kind of roaches we have in Phoenix and what is required to control them. Now let's look at what you can expect from roaches in your home.
The Health Hazards That Roaches Bring Into Your Home
We're not going to spend much time on this point, but it bears mentioning. Cockroaches can make you sick. They spread harmful bacteria and parasitic worms, their waste contains human pathogens, and they aggravate asthma symptoms. Along with the health implications, roaches can damage your stuff. They chew holes in clothing, paper products, and cardboard. They also stain stored items with their feces. There is some good news, however. Cockroaches don't prefer to bite people. They don't eat living tissue. But they can accidentally bite when they attempt to feed on dead skin in your eyelids while you're sleeping.
We say all of this for one purpose. Cockroaches are not harmless insects. It is best to roll up your sleeves and take ACTION if you find a cockroach in your house or you detect warning signs. Or you can take ACTION and contact ACTION Termite & Pest Control.
Five No-Nonsense Cockroach-Prevention Tips
When cockroaches come into your yard, you have several opportunities to stop them from getting into your home. The exception to this are those hitchhiking German cockroaches. For those, you'll need to inspect furniture items for roach droppings, shed skins, egg cases, and the presence of roach nymphs. For all other roaches (and sometimes German roaches as well) use these prevention tips.
1. Remove The Reason Roaches Want To Explore Your Yard
When cockroaches enter your yard, they're looking for harborage options, food, and moisture. Remove these and you'll make your yard resistant to roaches. Here are some examples:
- Manage your exterior trash to reduce bad odors that attract roaches.
- Pick up dog waste if your dog does, you know what, in the yard.
- Get rid of clutter.
- Rake leaves and remove them.
- Move stacked wood and other organic materials away from your exterior.
2. Remove Potential Entry Points In Your Exterior
When cockroaches arrive at your exterior walls, don't let them find entry points. Roaches have a few common ways they enter homes. Here are some things you can do to keep them out:
- Seal gaps around water mains, other pipes, and conduits.
- Apply mortar to seal cracks in concrete.
- Use expanding foam to seal gaps between wood members or to fill in rotted wood holes.
- Use expanding foam to fill in accessible voids behind joists.
3. Keep Your Home Clean
If cockroaches find a way indoors, a clean home may turn them off. Roaches prefer unsanitary environments. Here are a few ways to put out the unwelcome mat.
- Keep your trash in a covered container.
- Remove trash weekly.
- Keep trash receptacles and recycling items clean.
- Clean your floors.
- Vacuum your rugs.
- Clean food shelves.
- Clean your couch and living room chairs.
- Clean your bathroom.
- Clean drains.
4. Protect Food
While cockroaches prefer decaying food, they'll eat the food you eat. Along with cleaning up food debris, spills, and grease, protect the food in your home—even your pet's food.
- Store food in sealed containers, even dry dog food.
- Put pet food down only during meals, and only during the day.
- Always cover food that is on your counter.
- Clean dishes as you go.
5. Address Interior Moisture And Humidity
Roaches that require moisture are deterred by a dry home. Don't worry, we're not talking about a kind of dry that makes your lips chapped. Here are some examples:
- Fix broken faucets and shower heads.
- Fix weeping garbage disposals.
- Install a dehumidifier to reduce air moisture.
- Use your fan when you take a shower.
- Refrain from leaving water in your tub.
While simple to understand, natural cockroach management isn't easy. You may find yourself turning to over-the-counter roach control products. We don't recommend doing this as they can prolong your infestation and allow roaches to continue to impact your health and damage your property. The tips above provide some protection from roach-related sickness as they work to drive them out and away from your home. If products are needed, contact a licensed pest professional. Let's look at why this is the case.
Professional Cockroach Control Is The Best Solution
When you contact ACTION Termite & Pest Control for cockroach control and prevention, you get layers of protection. Let's look at the process, starting from the inside of your home to the outside.
- We apply natural products to key areas of the interior of your home. While naturally derived products don't last long outside, they can provide two to three months of interior protection and drive roaches out of your home. These indoor treatments are so good, we sometimes get calls about there being "more" pest activity after the treatments. The reason for this is that all of the indoor pests make their way outside and are noticed crawling around in the landscaping for a short time.
- When pests work their way outdoors or attempt to get into your home, the liquid treatments we apply to your exterior make them regret their life decisions. A strong barrier treatment provides a solid layer of protection and helps to eliminate pests that are exiting your home.
- When more control is needed to keep roaches out or to eliminate them, your tech may apply dust products inside wall voids. These materials are stronger than general purpose products used on your exterior and are only used when control requires it.
- In your landscaping and key areas, we apply a granular treatment. These granules are water activated and provide lasting protection between service visits.
- As one more layer of protection, we apply treatments with a backpack fogger. The product we apply is a fast-acting knockdown agent. It works great for mosquito control and the control of several other simple organisms, like ticks and fleas.
- As needed, we apply baits to address roach activity directly.
- Glue boards and other monitoring devices are put in place to evaluate the success of your pest control and will make sure no roaches are still active.
Do you see how it works? Effective cockroach control requires a multi-pronged solution. If you're ready to say goodbye to roaches and other pests in your home, we have the answers.