While there are a number of different cockroach species, there are only two types that those living in Tucson will usually encounter.
The German Cockroach
German roaches are the most common species found in most homes. They are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms because they prefer humid, warm areas and thrive on fermented food. German cockroaches are exclusively indoors and rely on humans for their survival. Adults are brown in colorbred with two stripes running down their backs. German cockroaches are widely believed to spread numerous diseases, even typhoid and dysentery.
The American Cockroach
The American Cockroach lives mostly outdoors in moist, shady areas but can also be found frequently in garages, industrial areas, large buildings and commercial properties. They invade homes usually after heavy rains, such as the monsoon season we experience in Tucson. These are the larger species that can grow up to an inch-and-a-half and they feed on decaying organic matter. They’re scavengers by nature, but will eat anything that can keep them alive.
Because of their diet of decaying matter and time spent in sewers and drains, this cockroach species has been known to transmit bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
A variety of pest control methods are usually required to handle a frequent number of cockroaches in and around the home. Roaches flourish where they can find food and water, and unfortunately our homes are the easiest way for them to access both in a climate that they thrive in.
Keeping your pantry tidy and ensure you don’t have frequent spilled drinks or open food containers are an essential key to keeping roaches away.
Next, bait traps are good way for home owners to begin catching roaches in places like garages or bathrooms. Ideally this isn’t a long term solution because at some point you are seeking professional ongoing bug treatment options so that this isn’t necessary.
Finally, having an ongoing pest control professional that provides an ongoing layer of protection in and around your home can guarantee you can say goodbye to roaches altogether. As a customer of Results, you can sleep easy that your home remains pest free! Want to learn more? Just give us a call or email!