Arizona Roaches — What You Need to Know
The most prevalent Arizona roaches homeowners and business owners encounter are the German cockroach, American cockroach, European cockroach, brown cockroach, Turkestan cockroach, and the brown-banded cockroach.
Cockroaches in Arizona prefer the outdoors where the climate is warm and humid. They are drawn to places such as flower beds, gardens, trees, and assorted landscaping where there’s plenty of moisture. Cockroaches are social and are found living in groups. They emit pheromones that serve as a way to communicate with each other.
Each species has its own unique physical characteristics. The German cockroach and the brown-banded cockroach are on the small end of the spectrum. German cockroaches grow to only 1/2 to 5/8 inches in length, and the brown-banded cockroach grows to about 1/2 inches long as compared to the American cockroach that can grow up to 3 inches long.
You’ll know you have cockroaches by the signs they leave around your home or business. Several signs include shed skins, egg capsules, an unusual and unpleasant musty odor, feces, and damage to food packaging, as well as books and other organic items.
Cockroaches are also carriers of bacteria and intestinal diseases. According to the World Health Organization, a few of the medical issue’s cockroaches can be responsible for include typhoid fever, food poisoning, diarrhea, Staphylococcus, and dysentery.
What Makes Your Home or Business Attractive to Roaches?
Roaches are opportunists and savvy when it comes to finding entry into your home or business. All it takes is one small opening, and they’ll make themselves at home in search of sources of food and accessible water.
To help keep them outside, inspect your home for places roaches can easily access such as cracks and crevices around doors and windows and the foundation, open spaces under the door, rips in a window screen, holes in attic and crawl space vents, and open areas around pipes or electric, plumbing, and gas lines leading into the home. Seal openings with caulk or other material, replace damaged screens, and replace weatherstripping around doors.
Cockroaches like storage boxes as they often hold things they can eat as well as serve as a hiding spot, often going undisturbed for lengths of time. To reduce the likelihood of bringing cockroaches inside your home, open and inspect the contents of the boxes before them inside.
Inside your home or business, the easiest ways to prevent a roach infestation is to keep surfaces and areas clean. Cockroaches are excellent at finding even the smallest tidbit of food. For this reason, sweep or wipe up crumbs, don’t leave dishes stacked and unwashed, clean the stove top, wipe the interior of the microwave, seal food in containers, and keep garbage bags and garbage cans sealed tightly. Clean up the clutter where roaches like to hide, and clear out cardboard boxes, magazines, and old newspapers as these are ideal places for roaches to breed.
When roaches become a problem and are overrunning your home of business, the best course of action is to contact a professional company like SOS Exterminating for fast action against invading pests.
SOS to the Rescue
At SOS Exterminating, here’s what we can do for you to provide peace of mind from disease carrying cockroaches. We bring more than 70 years of experience that ensures quality care and customer satisfaction. Our professional team of experts will inspect your home or business to determine the points of entry then treat the areas with our specialized services.
Contact us today and schedule your free inspection and estimate. With our promise of 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed, we’ll eliminate the pest problem in your home or business, so you don’t have to worry. Call us or fill out our online form for immediate action.