You regularly sweep, mop, take out the trash, and keep your countertops clean and free from food debris. Yet, you still have cockroaches! Does it mean you're not as good of a house cleaner as you thought? If not, you're likely wondering, "why do I have cockroaches?"

Finding a single cockroach in your Phoenix home, despite your best efforts to keep it spotless, is one of the most disheartening things that can happen. Sure, it's not uncommon to find a cockroach or two in your home, as they're cockroaches, after all, one of the most prevalent pests found in homes. However, with the rate at which these pests reproduce, it's pretty safe to say that if you see one cockroach, there are plenty (possibly hundreds) more.

If you do nothing to eliminate the roaches you find in your home quickly, they can and will become a serious threat and health hazard in your home. Of course, you're less likely to see cockroaches if you uphold regular sanitation habits in your home. It's also important to note that these pests are not limited to infesting houses with just poor sanitation; other factors bring them into your home, despite keeping a clean home.

If you see a cockroach in your home, take action immediately. Contact the best pest control in Phoenix, Overson Pest Control.

Types Of Roaches That Commonly Invade Phoenix Homes

Cockroaches are a type of insect that has the potential to infest any home in the Phoenix area. Despite their appearance differences, cockroaches are closely related to termites and are members of the same order of insects known as the Blattodea.

You can identify cockroaches by their lengthy antennae, broad oval-shaped bodies, and shield-like segments behind their heads (pronotum). Cockroaches are a serious pest problem in Arizona because they thrive in warm surroundings. As a result, you should make every effort to prevent these scavengers from entering your home.

These species of cockroaches can frequently invade homes in the Phoenix area:

  • The American cockroach: The American cockroach is one of the most common and largest species. It can grow to a length of between 1 1/2  and 3 inches. They have a coloration between reddish brown and brown and a yellow band behind their heads. They are a very agile species that is capable of running quickly. 
    American cockroaches have wings and can fly. These cockroaches spend their lives outside, in warm and humid environments like flower beds, sewers, drains, trees, and sewers. They are also in sewers. If they get inside your home in search of food, they'll typically make their homes in the cabinets and spaces beneath or behind appliances in the kitchen.
  • The Oriental cockroach: Oriental cockroaches are also called water bugs or black beetles. These insects spend their lives outside and rely highly on water to survive. They are a shiny dark brown and measure approximately 1 1/4 inches in length. This species is unable to fly because despite the males having wings, those wings only cover about three-quarters of their bodies, while the females don't have wings at all. Oriental cockroaches reside in damp places, such as under gutters, porches, sewers, and drains, to meet their moisture needs and in leaf piles and mulch beds. You can distinguish them by their preferred filth diet consisting of garbage and rotting organic matter.
  • The German cockroach: The German cockroach, also known as the kitchen cockroach, is a species of indoor cockroach known for posing the most significant challenge to exterminators primarily because German cockroaches are small in size but have an extremely high rate of reproduction. These cockroaches are found worldwide but are especially common here in Phoenix. They have wings like other cockroaches but are unable to fly. German cockroaches are light brown, range in length from 1/2 to 5/8 inches long, and favor warm and humid environments, which is why they are in bathrooms and kitchens. Eradicating a German cockroach infestation requires immediate action and ongoing professional treatment.

Overson Pest Control can eradicate cockroach infestations and safeguard your home. Call us today.

Cockroaches Trigger Allergies And Spread Diseases

Cockroaches are known to harbor microorganisms and pathogens that are capable of causing illness in humans. Research has identified as many as 30 unique bacterial species in cockroaches. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roaches are carriers of various pathogens that can lead to several diseases. These diseases include gastroenteritis (which can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea), cholera, salmonellosis, dysentery, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever, and poliomyelitis.

In addition, the saliva, feces, and shed body parts that cockroaches produce can trigger asthma and allergies and worsen them. Cockroaches produce a type of protein that, when consumed by humans, can result in allergic reactions. Studies have shown that roughly 26% of the population in the United States is allergic to the allergen that German cockroaches carry.

Why Do-It-Yourself Cockroach Control Usually Fails

Cockroaches are pests found in various settings, including homes, restaurants, and other buildings. In Phoenix, you will encounter the American, German, and oriental cockroach species. These pests are terrifying and revolting to have around your home because of their ability to spread harmful bacteria from one location to another, which can lead to food poisoning and even trigger asthma and other allergic reactions.

In most cases, cockroaches get into homes by hitchhiking on things like laundry baskets, grocery bags, clothing and furniture from thrift stores, or luggage from traveling. Occasionally, cockroaches will find their way inside your home all by themselves from wandering outside. Once they enter your home, they're tough to eradicate, but Phoenix residents tend to find this out the hard way by turning to DIY methods first.

DIY methods are uncertain; why not use a guaranteed way the first time? You can find much do-it-yourself advice for getting rid of cockroaches, but if you want the best chance of success, you should contact a professional pest control company at first sight of a cockroach. The use of home remedies may provide you with some relief from cockroaches, but it's short-lived. One of the reasons for this failure is that you can't find all of the cockroaches that are concealing themselves in dark and protected areas.

You can purchase chemicals over the counter that will only kill the roaches within reach, and they will in no way prevent additional bugs from entering your home. The chemicals in these roach repellants can be toxic pesticides, which puts your family and your pets in danger if they come into contact with them. In addition, applying these treatments are often complicated, can get messy, and are time-consuming to complete.

You can opt for natural products for roach elimination, such as diatomaceous earth. This method can be effective by causing cockroaches to dry out and die, but it also causes them to search desperately for water, increasing cockroach activity. Even if you kill the ones you've seen in and around your home, cockroaches still hide in the shadows, mating and waiting for the right time to come out and forage for food.

Call The Experts For Total Cockroach Control For Your Home

You can lessen the number of roaches you see by maintaining a clean home and using bug sprays. However, Phoenix's reputable pest control company provides the best roach pest control.

Our team at Overson Pest Control will first conduct a thorough inspection of your home,  locating points of entry and informing you of any actions you may be doing that might be attracting cockroaches into your home.

We use specific pest control methods and products to rid your home of these pests permanently and provide you with practical, attainable advice and pointers you can use to help prevent these filth pests from returning.

It's essential to be aware of the difficulty in removing cockroaches from your home. Remember, they multiply rapidly and can hide in the tiniest of spaces. Before you eliminate your roaches, you might need multiple treatments; this is why relying on pest control experts is so important to restore the health and safety of your home, family, and pets.

Don’t go another moment living in fear in your home of filthy cockroaches. Ditch those ineffective DIY tactics and get in touch with Overson Pest Control at the sight of a single roach. Call to schedule an inspection if you're worried you have a cockroach infestation in your home.

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