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Everyone hates roaches. These unsightly home invaders are much more than an ugly nuisance, roaches carry a host of bacteria that can be harmful to humans – everything from dysentery to food poisoning! That’s why roach extermination should be a priority the first time you spot one in your home or place of business!
There are a number of cockroach species that can infest homes in Arizona, especially in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale and other surrounding cities, including the German cockroach, brownbanded cockroach, American cockroach and the oriental cockroach. We also have other cockroach species that will occasionally enter buildings but become only a temporary nuisance.
Many people are squeamish and disgusted by the simple presence of cockroaches. However they are also an important public health problem by contaminating food and eating utensils. Cockroaches are known to carry human pathogens, such as Salmonella and E.Coli, which can result in human diseases, such as food poisoning or diarrhea. Cockroach infestations can also produce stains on surfaces and disagreeable odors from their saliva, feces and cast skins, which can be a source of allergens and can irritate allergies and asthma in people, especially children.
Identification of roaches is important as there are many insects that look similar, in fact it can be difficult because the young immature cockroaches can resemble the adults of other species, some can have wings while others are wingless at different stages of their life cycles. It is important to make the right identification to ensure a proper control of the pest in question.
Always take preventative measures because it can be common to carry home cockroaches in bags, boxes and even luggage. Corrugated cardboard boxes are a very susceptible source of an infestation. Always inspect containers that are brought into your home carefully for the presence of cockroaches or their egg capsules, especially if they are brought in from locations known to be infested with cockroaches.
Sanitation is key to reducing cockroach infestations. Roaches need water and food to live and you can minimize an existing infestation when improving sanitation.
- Do not leave food out – utilize insect- proof containers and store food in a refrigerator.
- Do not leave pet food and water out overnight.
- Wash dishes when meals are over
- Wash all counter tops , sinks and tables with soapy water.
- Sweep or vacuum all cracks and crevices to remove all food and debris.
- Take garbage out daily. Always use closed plastic containers or bags.
- Repair any leaky water pipes or faucets.
- Recycle cans and bottles on a regular basis; wash and clean containers that hold recycling items.
- Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem.
- Wash garbage cans, and areas where kept. Keep Dry.
We always recommend you call Invader Pest Management for a professional solution to your pest problems. However if you choose the “Do it yourself” plan, please take Caution: Read all label directions carefully before buying insecticides and again before you apply them. Always follow all label directions completely. The label is the final authority for use of the product. Do not use aerosol foggers and bombs. These products do a poor job of delivering insecticides to the cracks and crevices where cockroaches hide while increasing the exposure of pesticides to people and pets.
Unfortunately, Cockroaches are particularly challenging to control in multi-unit dwellings, such as apartment buildings. It is usually necessary to treat the units that are known to be infested as well as all adjacent units, and while relief for your apartment is slow, if you follow some of the steps above you can reduce the cockroach traffic from adjacent units if your unit is less desirable because it lacks food and harborage that roaches love. Cockroach control in multiple unit buildings usually requires the services of an experienced pest management service and you should always contact your property manager, even before you begin your own treatments.
At Invader Pest Management, we are your one stop solution for any roach problem. Our fully trained and professional pest control team are well versed in cockroach and German roach eradication and every step we take will help to ensure that these unwelcome guests will never return.
We know that bugs don’t care what time it is. That’s why we created our 24/7 Rapid Response Service so that you can have the peace of mind to know that we will be there to help no matter when you call us day or night. Our safe and proven techniques are not dangerous to humans and yet they are deadly to roaches.
Call Invader Pest Management now and schedule your Free Inspection. There is absolutely no cost and no obligation!