The cockroach has been around in some form or another over 100 million years on this earth. Can cockroaches can survive a nuclear attack? Maybe, but what we do know is that they cannot survive a visit from Hitman Pest of Yuma. Cockroaches are one of the most challenging pests to eliminate without professional pest control assistance.
Understanding what type of cockroach will help determine the most effective strategy to stop them. Our team of professionals know-how to find, identify, and create a customized pest control plan to rid your home of these disgusting creatures and give you peace of mind.
What are Cockroaches?
Cockroaches are insects with approximately 30 different species. These species can live in harsh climates like the subarctic cold to the extreme Arizona summers. These pests have adapted in Arizona to live without water for long periods. Cockroaches are nocturnal, so they are usually more active at night.
Facts about Cockroaches
- They can live without their heads for up to a week.
- They can live weeks without food or water.
- They are known to spread horrible diseases like Salmonella, Plauge and E.coli
What Kind Of Cockroaches Are In Yuma?
Cockroaches can be found throughout the state of Arizona. In southern Arizona, you will see they live in many areas outside near vegetation, wood, underground, and under rocks. They are typically a year-round problem in most of Arizona.
Cockroaches most commonly found in Southern Arizona include; American Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, Brown Banded Cockroach, and the German Cockroach.
The American Cockroach is the largest species of cockroaches averaging 1 ½ inch up to 3 inches in length. They appear reddish-brown and will fly and move fast. You will find these cockroaches outside primarily in warm and humid environments. When they do make their way inside the house, you will find them under appliances and close cabinetry.
The Oriental Cockroach (water bug or black beetle) live mostly outdoors and require water for their survival. They are dark brown and measure around one ¼ inch in length. They prefer to eat garbage and decaying material.
The Brown Banded Cockroach is small in stature, around ½ inch, and range in color from dark brown (females) to light brown (males). They prefer dry areas inside homes and the warm regions near appliances.
The German Cockroach (kitchen cockroach) primarily lives indoors and can be the hardest to eliminate based on their small size and how fast they reproduce. These cockroaches are light brown, have wings, and about ½ inch long. They love the warm and humid areas in a house like sinks and toilet areas.
What type of damage can they cause? If any?
Termites may be the most destructive pests and make most of the headlines. While cockroaches are not dangerous to your home's infrastructure like termites, they are a danger when it comes to spreading diseases. Cockroaches scatter bacteria such as salmonella, carry parasites, and cause allergies for some. There is limited exposure to your home structural damage; the issues are mostly to your family's health.
How do you get cockroaches?
These pesky insects enter the home in several ways; through vents, cracks, door entryways, garages, and through drains and pipes. At night they will search for your leftover food around the house, water, and a place to nest.
By eliminating their food source, you can help reduce the chances of cockroaches invading your home. It can be helpful to seal entrances to your house, such as at the bottom of baseboards, the foundation of your home, and clean up debris around the exterior of your home.
Cleanliness is a critical component of cockroach management. Food surfaces in your house should all be wiped down throughout the day. You should also make sure never to leave dirty dishes in your sink. When you eliminate your trash in your canister, make sure to the lid is closed securely.
How do you know you have cockroaches?
Cockroaches can be heard and produce a noticeable odor. They love to hide in small, humid, and warm places to help them reproduce. Once they penetrate your home defenses, they will multiply rapidly, causing concerns for infestations.
Since cockroaches love dark hidden areas, you can find them in cracks throughout your home, close vents, pipes, sinks, windows, and cabinetry. They are searching in these areas where professionals search to find their nesting spots.
What should you do if you have cockroaches?
Call Hitman Pest of Yuma today to have your highly trained pest management specialists eliminate those cockroaches immediately.