As we say goodbye to winter and embrace spring and summer, one important thing homeowners should keep in mind is the return of pests. That’s the unfortunate reality: hot, dry weather increases pest activity. One pest that can be significantly affected by the weather is the cockroach.
Cockroaches generally will infest a home more during the winter to escape the cold, but they also particularly enjoy moist areas. Rain and humidity mean cockroach activity will increase in the spring and summer. They’ll seek refuge in the dark, moist areas of homes, such as attics or basements.
Cockroach Pest Control Phoenix, AZ
However, Urban Desert Pest Control understands that better knowing cockroach patterns and common species can help to keep them out. In this article, we’ll identify the most frequent cockroaches in Arizona and what you can do to prevent them from invading your home. Plus, we’re always happy to give you a free quote for cockroach (or any other pest) control services.
Common Types of Arizona Cockroaches
There’s no doubt that cockroaches are perhaps the most persistent pest. They can hide in garbage bins by day and enter a home by night, bringing with them diseases. Arizona, especially Phoenix, is one of the most cockroach-infested areas in the United States. So, you should be aware of the common cockroaches you may encounter this upcoming year.
The German Cockroach
German cockroaches have a body that’s light brown or tan, and they have two black stripes behind their head. They grow to 13-16 mm and have wings but rarely fly. You’ll typically find German cockroaches in kitchens and bathrooms if they do enter your home.
The American Cockroach
With the largest body size of a cockroach, the American cockroach can grow more than 50 mm (3 inches) long. They have a reddish-brown or mahogany color with a yellow band behind their heads. Both the male and female American cockroaches can fly, and they’re often found in damp areas like flowerbeds. This, of course, doesn’t mean they won’t enter your harm looking for food, water, or shelter.
The Brown-banded Cockroach
The brown-banded cockroach gets its name from the light brown bands on its wing. They’re also one of the smallest cockroaches, reaching a size between 11 to 14.5 mm. Their small size certainly makes it easier for them to enter homes. If they do, you’ll often see them inside cabinets, pantries, and closets.
The Turkestan Cockroach
The Turkestan cockroach is roughly 1 inch, and they’re colored dark-brown to black. Turkestan cockroaches have small wings, so you shouldn’t find them flying much. They also usually live outdoors in places like concrete cracks, compost piles, or potted plants.
You don’t want your home to be overrun by cockroaches, so the best pest control is proactive pest control. That’s why we outlined 10 ways to prevent pest infestations in an earlier blog post. Common tips include sealing off food, sealing cracks, decluttering, and more. Additionally, we’ve discussed exactly how cockroaches get into your home. Methods of entry range from exterior wall cracks to drain pipes.
Nevertheless, what’s even better than do-it-yourself pest control is regularly-occurring visits and treatments from an experienced pest control team. This is where Urban Desert Pest Control can make a significant impact on you and your family. We have the right training and chemical treatments to stop cockroaches (or any other pest) from the start and keep them out.
Our team can visit your home once a month or every other month (however often you prefer) to inspect possible points of entry, seal holes, and safely apply chemicals. Urban Desert Pest Control even guarantees our treatments longer than other pest control services!
Get Rid of Cockroaches and Other Pests with Urban Desert – Contact Us
Contact our experienced team at Urban Desert Pest Control for a free quote and inspection for your pest problem. We started in 2015 to bring superior customer service and tremendous quality to the Phoenix area. Discover how we can quickly bring back safety and comfortability to your home.