Everything Phoenix Residents Need To Know About Cockroaches

Two cockroaches

The cockroach is one of the more problematic household pests that find their way into our Phoenix, Arizona, homes. These flat, oval-shaped insects routinely invade our homes unnoticed.

When cockroaches get into our homes, they are more than bothersome; they are dangerous. Learning about these pests is helpful so you can avoid issues with these problematic pests. Read here to learn about cockroaches and the Phoenix cockroach control we offer at Protection Termite.

What Types Of Cockroaches Live Around Phoenix?

Unfortunately for the residents of Phoenix, we have several types of cockroaches that call our region home. The three most common include the large American cockroach, the small, fast-moving German cockroach, and the slow-moving, beetle-like oriental cockroach. 

Though each species has its differences, they all have in common that once they get into our homes, they silently lurk in dark, tight spaces. Some favorite hideouts include the back of cabinets and appliances, behind trim, cracks in walls, outlets, and cardboard boxes. Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal and, therefore, most active at night. Turning on a light will send them scattering back to their hideouts and alert you to a problem with these pests. 

Something else that all cockroaches in Phoenix have in common is that they never belong inside our homes. Sharing your home with cockroaches for even one day is one day too many! 

Disease, Damage, Disgust: The True Cost Of Cockroach Activity

There are many negative things associated with a cockroach infestation. Cockroaches are destructive, a health risk, and a source of stress. Cockroaches are scavengers and spend their time in unsanitary places like sewers, trash piles, and areas of decaying organic debris. When cockroaches move into your home, they don’t just bring themselves; they bring things like bacteria, pathogens, and parasites that can trigger serious illness in people. Adding insult to injury is that cockroaches emit a lot of allergens through their shed skins, excrement, and saliva — triggering allergies and asthma attacks in susceptible people. 

Cockroaches and their chewing mouthparts cause damage to food packaging, paper, and fabrics. In our homes, they also stain surfaces with dark streaks of their excrement. Knowing you are sharing your home with cockroaches is troubling and can make it unsettling to be in your home. Their presence can keep you up at night as you worry about these pests crawling throughout your home.

The good news is that though cockroaches are dangerous and destructive, reaching out to a pest control professional can quickly eliminate the infestation!

Everything You Can Do To Minimize Your Risk For Roaches

The best way to keep cockroaches out of your home is to reduce how attractive your property is to these pests. When it comes to roaches, eliminating excess water, entry points, and food sources is vital to minimizing your risk of a cockroach infestation. 

Our top cockroach prevention tips include:

  • Always keep lids on trash cans, regularly empty the trash from your home, and store outdoor trash cans away from your house’s exterior. 
  • Don’t leave uneaten pet food sitting out for long periods.
  • Wash dirty dishes daily.
  • Regularly wipe down counters and tables to remove food debris. 
  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Reduce humidity levels in your home using dehumidifiers and air conditioners.

Keep cockroaches out of your home by caulking cracks in your home’s foundation, making sure weatherstripping around windows and doors is intact, and placing screens over vents and drains entering your home. It is also essential to inspect secondhand items, deliveries, and other items entering your home for hitchhiking cockroaches. 

Why Cockroach Activity In Phoenix Requires Professional Attention

Investing in professional pest control is key to getting rid of cockroaches from your home. Cockroaches invade our spaces in large numbers and hide in hard-to-reach, often hidden spaces. 

At Protection Termite, we eliminate cockroaches and prevent their future return through thorough inspections, the latest technology, and high-quality pest control services. To learn more about our local cockroach control solutions, reach out today. We are devoted to protecting our customers and offer effective pest control throughout Phoenix.