Keeping Cockroaches Out Of Your Phoenix Home
One of the most common and undesirable pests that can infest your home is the cockroach. Cockroaches are unpleasant to look at and can be unsanitary. They can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms because they have proteins that many people are allergic to. Even the waste and body parts of dead roaches can cause reactions in sensitive individuals, especially children and the elderly.
Cockroaches can also carry pathogens that pose a potential health threat. They have been implicated in the spread of several types of bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli, as well as parasitic worms. Since they’re attracted to the food we eat, they can cause contamination when they come into contact with it.
If you’ve spotted roaches in your Phoenix home, you need to contact Green Home Pest Control right away. Those who have used our services will agree we are the best roach control company in Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding area.
What Types of Cockroaches Can You Find In Phoenix, Arizona?
While you don’t want to see any cockroaches creeping around your home, you may not be aware that more than one type of cockroach may be visiting your house. Cockroaches you might spot in your Phoenix home or business include the following:
The cockroach you are most likely to see running around your house is the American Cockroach. This name is actually a misnomer since American cockroaches originally come from Africa. However, they have made a very successful home for themselves in America, and often in Arizona houses. American cockroaches are recognizable by their glossy, reddish-brown body and similarly colored wings. Because they eat what humans eat, they love to infest homes.
You’d think that American cockroaches live in America and German cockroaches live in Germany, but unfortunately, the United States has its share of German cockroaches too. These roaches, also called Croton bugs, are smaller than American cockroaches but just as unpleasant. They scurry quickly and can walk on walls and ceilings. They usually come out at night to feed on any crumbs you may have left out.
The Oriental cockroach is another roach that doesn’t really live up to its location name. This species is common to North America and is not known to have originated in Asia. You may call these little, slimy creatures water bugs because they often hide in wet areas like pipes or humid basements.
How To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Home
Cockroaches can invade any home, even the most well-kept. There are steps you can take, however, to make your home unattractive to cockroaches:
- Reduce food sources: Try to keep your kitchen and floors free from small crumbs and food spills. Also, pay attention to spots where grease or food may accumulate, such as around and behind your stove, microwave, toaster, etc. Rinse out bottles, cans, and plastic containers before disposing of them, and regularly clean inside your kitchen cabinets.
- Store food carefully: Tightly seal bags and boxes of food, such as cereals, or transfer food into airtight containers.
- Secure trash and recycling refuse: Both inside and outside of your home, make sure waste receptacles have tightly fitting lids, including your recycling bins.
- Seal openings: Roaches use many entry points to get into your home. Add or repair weatherstripping to doors and windows, seal cracks and crevices, and seal around pipes that bring utilities into your home.
- Check items before you bring them in: Cockroaches may hitch a ride in boxes and bags that you bring home. They can even come in on infested items such as furniture.
- Empty pet dishes: Don’t leave food or water in your pets’ indoor or outdoor dishes throughout the day or at night.
- Remove shelter: Cockroaches are mostly active at night but will hide during the day in cardboard boxes, stacks of paper, magazines, newspapers, or other piles of clutter.
- Remove water sources: Even drops of standing water in your kitchen or bathroom can attract cockroaches. Make sure faucets don’t drip, wipe up counters of any water spills, and dry sinks before going to bed.
- Vacuum frequently: Cockroaches will follow pheromones that other roaches have left in your home. Vacuuming removes the body parts, eggs, and feces that attract them.
- Call a roach extermination professional: At Green Home Pest Control, we make sure to eliminate all of the cockroaches that have infested your home and apply eco-friendly roach treatments to keep them from coming back.
Our Cockroach Control Process
When you have cockroaches, you need professional roach removal to make sure all those roaches are eliminated. Cockroaches can hide in walls, especially during the day, making them difficult to find. If you don’t get them all, they will be back, often in greater numbers. That’s why you need the roach removal experts at Green Home Pest Control.
We will inspect your home and property to look for nesting sites, droppings, and the roaches themselves in order to determine what type of roach is in your house and where the hot spots are. Using an integrated pest management approach, we’ll develop a plan that gets at the root of the issue so that your cockroach problem doesn’t just go away temporarily, but is fully eliminated and doesn’t come back. This approach involves using eco-friendly products and recommendations you can take to make your house less conducive to a cockroach infestation.
Because our cockroach control treatments are guaranteed, you won’t have to worry about our treatments not working. We’ll follow-up with you to ensure your roach problem is fully eliminated and provide re-treatments if necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches
Where do cockroaches prefer to live?
These unpleasant pests, which you can find in virtually every corner of the world, have their preferences when it comes to places to set up housekeeping. They thrive in the warm temperatures we have here in Arizona and seek dark, humid areas. Cockroaches usually hide during the day in various places around your home, including around and behind stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers, inside narrow cracks and crevices, under the sinks in kitchens and bathrooms, and in cabinets and drawers.
You may also find them hiding under or behind small appliances in your kitchen, such as coffee makers, microwave ovens, toasters, and toaster ovens. Roaches are also likely to be wherever they can find water; look for them in floor drains in bathroom vanities (particularly if you have a pipe leaking there), around water heaters, humidifiers, washing machines, garage freezers, or near any types of sink.
You may even find them behind electrical outlets and light switch plates, behind pictures on the walls, or in upholstered furniture. Cockroaches also like the heat generated by electronics around the house, such as TVs, clocks, and computers. If you’ve seen any cockroaches in any of these hiding places, contact Green Home Pest Control for an inspection and a free, no-obligation estimate.
How can I tell if I have a roach infestation?
Seeing individual cockroaches is a clue, of course, but there are other signs to look for that may indicate a serious problem, including food storage containers that have been chewed, as well as eggs, feces, and roach body parts. If you suspect an infestation is developing in your home, contact the roach exterminators at Green Home Pest Control as soon as possible. We’ll conduct an inspection, identify the type of cockroaches you have, and create a customized plan to rid your home of the infestation.
How do cockroaches cause allergies?
Like many types of pests, roaches shed various things, such as feces and saliva. It’s the protein in their waste and body parts that can be a year-round allergen for some people. If you have asthma or believe you are allergic to cockroaches, your physician may recommend that you get a blood test or skin prick test to confirm whether you are allergic. Talk to your doctor about ways to help reduce the symptoms of a cockroach allergy.
I keep my home clean. Why do I still see cockroaches?
It’s a common misconception that a roach problem is the sign of a dirty house. Cockroaches can infest the most immaculately kept home because that’s where they can find the food, water, and shelter that they constantly seek. Preventing them from having access to these things is the key to keeping cockroach problems under control.
Cockroaches get inside in several ways, needing only a tiny opening to get into a house. They can come in via holes, cracks, gaps, vents, sewer lines, and the spaces around utility cables and wires. Sealing up entry points, in addition to keeping your house clean, can go a long way toward keeping these pests away.
What do cockroaches eat?
One of the reasons that cockroaches have been able to thrive just about anywhere in the world is that they will eat nearly anything. They prefer the same things humans tend to eat, such as starches and sweets, but will also eat paper and other materials. If food is not available, cockroaches can live for up to a month without it.
How many different kinds of cockroaches are there?
Just in the U.S., there are approximately 70 distinct species of cockroaches. Here in Arizona, the most common types are the German cockroach, American cockroach, and Oriental cockroach, each of which can be a problem throughout the year. Our area is also home to the brown-banded cockroach and Turkestan cockroach. Because each type of roach is different, with its own unique habits and behaviors, our technicians will identify the specific type you have in your home. We will also locate entry points and check for hidden infestations. We will then be able to customize a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.