What do cockroaches look like?
Cockroaches are insects that can invade any of our Phoenix area homes or businesses. They are part of the insect order Blattodea and, despite having vastly different appearances, are closely related to termites.
Cockroaches have a wide oval-shaped flat body, long antennae, and a shield-shaped section behind the head (pronotum). Thriving in warm environments, cockroaches are a significant pest threat in Arizona, and every effort should be taken to keep these scavengers out of your home.
Cockroaches that regularly take over Arizona properties include the following:
- German Cockroaches: German cockroaches are small roaches with a tannish-brown body and two dark parallel lines between the head and thorax.
- American Cockroaches: American cockroaches are large roaches with a reddish-brown body and a pale yellow marking on the pronotum.
- Oriental Cockroaches: Oriental cockroaches have an elongated, shiny black, pill-shaped body.
- Brown-Banded Cockroaches: Brown-banded cockroaches have a yellowish-brown to dark brown body with two dark bands going across the backs.
- Turkestan Cockroaches: Turkestan cockroaches are a small dark brown to jet black roach with cream-colored markings along the body’s edge and behind the head.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches are scavengers and find themselves regularly foraging for food outside in less than sanitary places. While moving around, they come into contact with and carry on the body and legs various viruses, bacteria, and parasites that cause illnesses in people. As they move around our homes, they can potentially spread pathogens that cause dysentery, salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, and E. coli on our dishes, utensils, counters, tables, floors, and food. Their presence and shed feces and skins increase the risk of young children developing asthma.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches can become a problem in any structure where food is prepared, stored, or eaten. Cockroaches are significant pests within homes, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, etc. Roaches become a problem after moving inside through cracks around doors and windows or your foundation. Torn screens, vents, drains, and spaces under doors also allow cockroaches inside.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Cockroaches are exceptional at the game of hide and seek; they hide their flat bodies within dark, cracks, and crevices, staying out of sight during the day. If you spot just one cockroach within your home, know there are many more you don’t see.
Most roach species prefer hideouts located near sinks, pipes, or other moisture sources; kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are favorite hideouts. The brown-banded cockroaches prefer the opposite and gravitate to hot, dry areas like attics. Before finding their way into our homes, they lived outside on trees, under mulch, gardens and landscaped areas, and near sewers or drains.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Protect your home from destructive and dangerous cockroaches with the help of Green Home Pest Control. Our eco-minded pest control solutions solve pest problems using products safe for the environment, children, and pets. We take pride in offering exceptional customer service, and our experienced and friendly professionals will work with you to solve your Phoenix area property’s pest problems.
We know how frustrating cockroaches are to deal with and will provide the services needed to eliminate the current intruders and prevent future problems with cockroaches and other pests. To learn more about our effective cockroach control solutions, reach out to Green Home Pest Control today!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Use the following prevention tips to avoid problems with cockroaches:
- Inspect the outside of your home, and seal any cracks, or openings cockroaches can get through.
- Remove things near the outside of your home that provide hiding spots for cockroaches like trash cans, recycling bins, and yard clutter.
- Inspect deliveries, furniture, appliances, electronics, and potted plants for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.
- Limit the crumbs and other food debris in your home cockroaches could use as a food source by vacuuming floors and wiping down tables.
- Store food in sealed containers or the refrigerator to stop them from feeding on and contaminating food stored in your home.
- Don’t let dirty dishes piles up in the sink; wash dishes regularly.
- Remove clutter from the inside your home where roaches can hide like newspapers, cardboard boxes, and rarely used clothing.