A Guide To German Cockroach Control For Phoenix Property Owners
March 12, 2021
Cockroaches are nature’s hardiest survivors, which is a fact that doesn’t pair well with the other reality that cockroaches are some of the most common invasive pests around. From Phoenix homes to businesses, cockroaches are attracted to human properties for several reasons and they aren’t easy to eliminate. Only by learning how you can prevent them and properly address a cockroach infestation can you hope to avoid the worse dangers they can cause.
What Are German Cockroaches?
The most common type of cockroach in the world is the German cockroach. They’re not only in Germany, however, and they’ve plagued property owners on multiple continents for centuries. While they can survive just about anywhere there is food and water, cockroaches thrive in the desert. Our warm local climate means cockroaches can stay active all year long, spreading from place to place. Here are some traits to look for with German cockroaches:
- Size: German cockroaches typically grow to be just over half an inch in length.
- Color: They are brown in color, with dark dash marks on their backs.
- Shape: While German cockroaches have wings, they rarely use them and they stay tucked under their ovular top shells most of the time.
The Problems Cockroaches Cause
Aside from being gross, creepy crawlers, cockroaches are actually hazardous to you and your property. Being such common invaders, German cockroaches can cause all of the following issues on your property:
- Damage: Cockroaches will chew through insulation and other materials inside your walls to clear nesting grounds for themselves. They also leave stains behind thanks to their streaky bodies and fecal matter.
- Disease: Aside from the diseases that can be harbored by the generally gross conditions that cockroaches often frequent -- like bacteria found in animal waste -- cockroaches are also carriers of some specific diseases that they can spread to people. These include plague and hantavirus.
- Allergies: Cockroaches track all kinds of dust and dander through your property, causing heightened allergic reactions and respiratory problems in vulnerable people.
German Cockroach Prevention Tips
To avoid these problems, you need to address cockroach prevention long before they are even an issue on your property. While only professional protection is guaranteed to keep cockroaches out, these are all things you can do to prevent German cockroaches:
- Food storage: Cockroaches are scavengers, which will raid pantries and other storage areas where weak or accessible food packaging can provide them with access to foods.
- Trash storage: Cockroaches will also go after the food waste found in our trash cans and dumpsters, so you need to keep these containers secured.
- Crack sealing: Cockroaches can flatten their bodies to squeeze into tight spaces, so no holes or cracks in your exterior should be treated as too small to address. Frequently inspect for and make these kinds of repairs.
The Best Prevention From Green Home Pest Control
While ongoing pest prevention can give you a leg up, only professional treatments will truly keep German cockroaches from invading. These pests rely on human waste and activity to provide them with all that they need to survive, and even clean properties can find themselves with a roach problem. At Green Home Pest Control, our ongoing treatments can keep cockroaches and other kinds of pests from getting near in the first place. If populations are already growing on your property you need to call us right away. Only expert treatments can root out all the pests on your property, inside and out, to prevent the problem from coming right back.
For fast and effective cockroach control, trust Green Home Pest Control.