As one of the largest municipally managed parks in the United States, it is no surprise that hundreds of people can utilize South Mountain Park and go relatively unnoticed. The size to expanse ratio lends itself to an illusion of solitude. Unfortunately, this exact illusion comes into play regarding Phoenix roaches and your home. They can easily go unnoticed….until they are well established and much harder to get rid of.
Roaches go unnoticed for so long because they prefer to feel pressure on 3 sides of their body at once. This makes them extremely comfortable in tight quarters in places such as:
- Behind cabinets
- Inside appliances
- Behind appliances
- In wall voids
- Behind trim
Just like kids are happy to pack themselves shoulder to shoulder at Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, roaches love the fun of a compact area. These roaches may congregate near food, water sources, warmth, or simply join together in a well-protected safe zone where they don’t have to worry about getting squished.
Outdoor programs like Ancient Pathways are attractive to Phoenix visitors and locals alike. Phoenix geography has all the makings of perfect survival tests. Unfortunately, Phoneix cockroaches don’t need any of these survival courses to get by in our homes and businesses. You have probably heard that cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast. While that is quite an overstatement, it does indicate the level of survival skills they possess. Nonetheless, they are not invincible. The tools to controlling roaches include:
- Food removal
- Moisture reduction
- Liquid applications
- Insect Growth Regulators
Getting rid of and preventing roaches requires a multi-faceted approach. Picking your favorite tool simply isn’t going to cut it. Especially with a tool like food removal, you have to remember that roaches will turn just about anything in a Phoenix structure into a food source. They are omnivorous and will eat things such as:
- Decaying matter
Year after year Phoenix has a spot among the top growing cities in the US. Denser populations lend themselves to easier spread of pest issues such as cockroaches. More astounding than the growth of the city itself is how quickly a roach population can grow in the right circumstances.
Within a few days to a week of mating, a female cockroach can produce an egg case called an ootheca. Depending on the species of cockroach, this ootheca may contain up to 50 eggs. From there, it is just over 100 days on average for the time the egg is placed to full grown adult. These factors combined with roaches preferring to stay out of site to make it easy for roach populations to grow quite large before anyone is aware of them.
Phoenix Roach Lineup
- American Cockroach
- Brown Banded Cockroach
- Brown Cockroach
- European Cockroach
- German Cockroach
Since cockroaches like to hang out in less than sanitary conditions, they can carry a host of diseases. This is especially true if they are passing through sewers or trash receptacles. If they have access to crawl around on food preparation areas or on food itself, they can easily track these diseases right into your path:
- Typhoid Fever
Getting Rid of Roaches
Effective roach control requires a combination of techniques based on the type of cockroach and how long they have been around. Control efforts include:
3. Habitat modification
5. Pesticides (baits, residual applications, insect growth regulators)
6. Follow up
Whether you know your battle with roaches has begun, or if you just want to be ahead of the game, Rove Pest Control has the right plan for you.