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How much do you know about cockroaches? If the answer is very little, you’ll want to change that as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, cockroaches are incredibly dangerous. It is pertinent to find a way to remove them from your building as quickly as possible. Remember the cockroaches can be found in most states, including Arizona, Nevada, California, and elsewhere. In general, there are five pests in our area that invade residential dwellings. The issue with cockroaches is that they’re dangerous.
They can spread a handful of dangerous illnesses. Therefore, it would be insane to ignore them.
Cockroaches In Phoenix
Residents of Phoenix may encounter a handful of cockroach species. It is pertinent to learn more about these species so you’ll know how to deal with an infestation. They’ll be explored in greater depth below.
First and foremost, locals may run into German cockroaches. These pests can grow up to 5/8ths of an inch and they’re tan in color. One thing that sets them apart from other cockroaches is that they have a pair of racing stripes. These cockroaches are prolific breeders so they can quickly turn a small problem into a full-blown infestation. Although they will develop wings, they do not fly.
American cockroaches are massive with some reaching two inches in length. They’re reddish-brown and difficult to ignore. The American cockroach is the largest cockroach that can fly. Unfortunately, American cockroaches live a long time. Once they’ve invaded your property, they will stay for several years. It is pertinent to identify a solution to the problem. It takes them a few months to infest a structure. When you find a lot of American cockroaches around your home, you need to check your property for broken sewer pipes.
Ultimately, the two aforementioned cockroach species are the most common. However, you may encounter others as well.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches
These cockroaches are native to the eastern United States. As the name implies, most of them come from Pennsylvania. Males can grow up to an inch in length but females are only three-quarters of an inch. These cockroaches may enter dwellings but they’re generally not pests. They do not reproduce inside homes. They’re common in some areas, but not in Phoenix. These pests tend to be attracted to water sources such as blocked gutters. They also prefer being around woodpiles, wooden shingles, and wooden siding.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches
Spotted Mediterranean cockroaches are smaller than most since they only reach a third of an inch. They’re light tan and have dark speckles. These cockroaches are native to Europe, but they have been in the United States since the mid-1900s. Since they were introduced to North America, they’ve spread across the area swiftly. Phoenix residents may encounter these cockroaches. Most of them are found outside in foliage. They usually do not reproduce in dwellings.
Oriental cockroaches grow over an inch and they’re black or dark brown. These cockroaches have a lot in common with American cockroaches. For instance, both prefer infesting sewer systems. They can handle cold weather better so you may find them around your trashcans. They can also be found near feces and decaying materials.
Smokey Brown Cockroaches
These cockroaches can reach over an inch in length and they’re reddish-brown. They have a deep, shiny color that sets them apart. Although they’re common in southern states, they’ll travel to other areas from time to time. When they do, they may hide in shipping containers. These cockroaches are always the same color and they have full wings.
Oddly, there are no male Surinam roaches. All of them are female but they’re still prolific reproducers. These pests carry eggs and give live births. They like warmer climates and typically do not travel too far north. If you find them in the northern United States, they’re likely going to be in a greenhouse or similar building.
Brown-banded cockroaches are only half an inch. In terms of color, they’re light brown or tan. Homeowners mistook them for German cockroaches. If you look closely, you’ll find that brown-banded cockroaches do not have racing stripes. Although you may encounter these cockroaches, they usually do not infest buildings.
Reasons For Cockroaches
There is no universal reason for cockroach infestations. Ultimately, it depends on the species you’re dealing with. In some cases, they’re invading your home because they can find food sources inside. In other situations, they’ve found a broken sewer pipe on your property. With that being said, you must identify the species before you can find out why they’re in your home.
As you’ll find out, cockroaches are one of the most dangerous pests. Once these pests invade your home, they’re going to start contaminating your food sources. If you’re not aware of the problem or ignore it, someone in your house could eat the contaminated food. If this happens, you might get ill. Cockroaches are often linked to salmonella outbreaks. Plus, they can make asthma symptoms worse. These pests need to be eradicated swiftly to avoid risks.
Getting Rid Of Roaches
Eradicating a cockroach infestation isn’t easy so it is often best to work with a qualified professional. Although you can find certain over-the-counter products that work, it is often better to rely on professional services. The problem is that DIY methods are sometimes unsafe and ineffective. If you experiment too much with these products, you may end up wasting more money than you should. Hiring a professional exterminator ensures that you can wipe out the infestation safely and efficiently.
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We only provide safe, reliable solutions. We use non-toxic products to eliminate infestations in your home. We may use insecticides but they’re EPA-registered. As a result, you can rest assured knowing that these products are safe around humans and pets. Our exterminators use minimally toxic products to keep everyone safe. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Our representative will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Unfortunately, dealing with a cockroach infestation won’t be easy. Keeping them away is wise. For instance, you’ll want to seal the gaps around your home to stop them from invading. Contact us so we can give you advice for keeping them out.