Why Roaches Invade Tucson Homes And How To Keep Them Out
September 15, 2022 - Cockroaches
Has a loud crash in your home jolted you at night? If so, you know the feeling of adrenaline as it courses through your upset body. That same feeling happens when you stumble into the bathroom in the dark, turn on the switch, and see cockroaches running for cover. Seeing those filthy creatures run down the drain or scurry behind the garbage can may cause you to scream in disgust.
If you see cockroaches in your Tucson home, you need the Tucson pest control experts from Preventative Pest Control. We have been eliminating cockroaches from homes for almost 20 years, and we can stop them in your home.
Types Of Roaches That Commonly Invade Tucson Homes
There are thousands of cockroach species, but only the following are types of cockroaches that are a problem in our area:
- American cockroaches: This species is 1 1/2 to 2 1/8 inches long, making them the largest cockroach species in homes. They have a reddish-brown body with a figure-eight pattern on the head.
- German cockroaches: At only 1/2 to 5/8 inch long, this light brown roach with parallel stripes is smaller than the American cockroach.
- Oriental cockroaches: Also called a "waterbug," this shiny black one-inch roach likes damp areas.
These are the three main cockroach species in Tucson invading our homes.
Cockroaches Trigger Allergies And Spread Dangerous Diseases
Rotten food, animal feces, and sewage attract cockroaches, and these are breeding areas for at least 33 types of bacteria and six kinds of parasitic worms. As they walk and feed in these areas, the spines on their cockroach legs and body pick up the pathogens. Later, as they travel across surfaces in your Tucson home, they shed the bacteria, viruses, and worms hitchhiking on their body and contaminate the surfaces.
Cockroaches consume pathogens on fecal matter, garbage, and rotten food and then pass these disease-causing organisms out through droppings, urine, and saliva onto surfaces. Later, when people or food touch these contaminated surfaces, they are exposed to the organisms resulting in possible sickness. Furthermore, as the fecal matter dries, it becomes airborne and may cause allergic reactions in children. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, almost 60% of people sensitive to allergens are affected by cockroaches. Because of the diseases and the allergic reactions they trigger, you need to keep cockroaches away from your Tucson house.
Factors That Attract Roaches Into Your Home
If you find a cockroach in your house, it is because they have found food, warmth, and water in your Tucson home. Cockroaches travel into homes looking for a warm environment. Most cockroaches prefer temperatures between 70℉ and 80℉., and some, like the brown-banded cockroach, prefer temperatures above 80℉. Humidity is another enticement for cockroaches. Besides the brown-banded cockroach who prefers dry areas like kitchen cabinets, electronic equipment, and appliance motors, most cockroaches find the moisture in bathroom and kitchen drains and leaky pipes enticing.
Cockroaches prefer to live in dark and secluded areas in basements and crawlspaces; they also hide underneath furniture, appliances, and kitchen cabinets. Of course, food in the form of rotting garbage and crumbs attracts the roaches, but they will eat glue, boxes, and book bindings too! To get rid of cockroaches in your house, maintain a clean, low-moisture environment in your home and yard.
The Most Effective Cockroach Control Solution For Your Home
A sanitary, dry environment in your home will help deter cockroaches, but you must also destroy their nests and eggs. To end a cockroach invasion, you need the best cockroach pest control in Tucson, Preventative Pest Control. Our trained experts will identify the exact species, develop a targeted plan, and eliminate the cockroaches in your house. Contact us today and request your free inspection.