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Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are adaptable, resilient creatures that will find their way into any structure that meets their basic needs. Cockroaches have oval-shaped, flat bodies and are dark in color. They also have antennae that are as long or longer than their bodies, and though they have wings, most do not fly long distances or at all. 

Two of the most common roach species that we find in our area of Arizona are the German cockroach and the American cockroach. 

The German cockroach is the smallest and most likely species of cockroach that will find its way inside your Arizona home. They love the warmth, humidity, and food sources our structures provide and have adapted to primarily living indoors with people. 

The American cockroach is another popular species that successfully finds its way into structures. These large reddish-brown roaches live outside in damp, shady areas. Yet, they regularly move indoors through spaces in exterior walls after being attracted by food odors or moisture.

an american cockroach in queen creek arizona

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are one of the most unwanted pests to invade homes. They are not only annoying to deal with and difficult to eliminate, but they are also quite dangerous. 

Cockroaches are messy, food contaminating pests that spread diseases and parasites and trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Never underestimate the cockroach’s ability to spread diseases and cause damage, like many other common pests in our area. At first sight of cockroaches living in or around your home, contact Quell Pest Control so our professionals can find and eliminate the entire infestation.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches live outside but will migrate indoors while searching for food and water. They will take advantage of any openings in exterior walls, the foundation, or around wires or cable to get inside. They can also move indoors through spaces around vents and drains. 

Since German cockroaches have adapted to indoor life, their preferred mode of transportation is often hitchhiking. Homeowners often unknowingly introduce German cockroaches into their homes inside things like storage boxes, grocery bags, delivery boxes, and secondhand furniture or appliances. 

Once inside, no matter the mode of transportation, these prolific breeders will quickly take over any space they enter.

Where will I find cockroaches?

When inside our homes, both American and German cockroaches live in areas that provide them with damp, dark living conditions. These insects are nocturnal and hide their flat bodies during the day in tight cracks and crevices and emerge at night to forage for food. 

The most common areas of a home that cockroaches invade are bathrooms, the kitchen, pantries, crawl spaces, and wall voids near windows and doors. Some of their favorite hideouts include:

  • Inside drawers
  • The backs of cabinets or counters
  • Behind cupboards
  • Under sinks
  • Behind tubs or showers
  • Behind wood trim or baseboards

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Trust Quell Pest Control to help you eliminate cockroaches from your Queen Creek property or to prevent future problems with these unwanted pests. Get rid of cockroaches from your Arizona property with the help of our dedicated and experienced pest control professionals. We understand the pest control needs of people living in the East Valley area of Arizona because we also call this beautiful area home!

Quell Pest Control is a family-owned business dedicated to the families we serve, treating our customers like we would members of our own family. Trust our dedicated, experienced professionals, our eco-friendly pest control solutions, and our industry-leading methods to solve your property’s cockroach problems. To learn more about our pest control options, give us a call today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Below are some tips to help you keep scavenging cockroaches out of your Arizona home and away from your family.

  • Do your best to maintain a clean kitchen. Keep floor, tables, and counters free of food debris and sticky spills.
  • Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight and regularly remove garbage from your home.
  • If possible, limit eating to the kitchen or dining rooms to reduce the number of crumbs throughout your home.
  • Repair leaky pipes or faucets that can provide cockroaches with a source of water. 
  • Keep storage areas neat and organized to reduce hiding spots for cockroaches and help you identify an infestation sooner rather than later.
  • Inspect your home’s exterior walls and seal up any cracks you find.
  • Place covers over drains and vents entering your house.

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