How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches: A Comprehensive Guide For Mesa Homeowners

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Cockroach control in Mesa is complicated by our climate. Here in Arizona, most of the cockroach species that infiltrate our houses are not adapted to our hot, dry desert environment. This means they are more dependent on us than they would be in wetter areas of the country, which translates into them being even more motivated to get and stay in our homes. 

Understanding The Cockroach Problem: Identifying The Culprits

Virtually all of the types of cockroaches in Mesa are difficult to identify when they invade your home because they are very good at hiding their presence. They are talented at sensing vibrations from your footsteps on the floor and scurrying into hiding when they do. They are also nocturnal, so they are active when you are asleep. 

These two characteristics mean that you will often not see live cockroaches, even if you have a significant infestation, so you will have to look for other signs, such as: 

  • Smear marks through water droplets

  • A foul or musty odor

  • Cockroach egg capsules

  • Cockroach feces (look like tiny coffee grains)

  • Cockroach exoskeletons or bodies

If you start seeing these signs, chances are you already have a well-established infestation, so you need to act immediately to mitigate cockroach exposure. 

Health Risks And Property Damage: The Hazards Of Cockroaches

The reason you must act as soon as you notice signs of a cockroach infestation is the fact that cockroaches are laden with disease. These unsanitary pests are known to spread more than four dozen different types of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and even parasites.

Cockroaches hang out in some truly horrifying haunts, such as open sewage, garbage dumps, and even rotting carcasses. When they crawl from these awful places into your house, they bring all the germs they picked up there with them. This means cockroaches contaminate virtually everything they touch with potentially serious human illnesses. 

Eradicate A Cockroach Problem In Your Home: Call In The Experts!

Cockroach control can be a nightmare in Mesa because most of the cockroaches that infest Mesa homes come from climates that get much more rain than we do. For example, despite their name, many entomologists now believe that German cockroaches hail from Southeast Asia. Oriental cockroaches possibly originated in Southwestern Russia. American cockroaches were likely introduced onto the continent from West Africa.

The only thing any of these places have in common is they get a lot more rain than here. Thus, most of the pest cockroaches in our area could not live in the Arizona desert if humans did not. This means most store-bought cockroach control products simply cannot eradicate infestations of animals that could not survive or reproduce without us. 

So, when you wind up with a cockroach infestation, you'll have to bring out the big guns. Here at Pest Pros LLC, we can eradicate cockroach infestations no matter how motivated these disgusting bugs are to remain in your home. You don’t have to spend another day living with these pests. Just contact us at the first sign of trouble. 

Maintenance Tips: Ensuring Long-Term Cockroach Control

Since getting rid of cockroaches is not easy on your own, you'll want to focus on preventing an infestation instead. Do things like:

  • Tightly cover all garbage cans on your property.

  • Never leave dirty dishes, including pet bowls, sitting out. 

  • Store all foods in airtight containers.

  • Fix moisture issues like leaky pipes or poor drainage.

  • Seal cracks and holes in your home's exterior to block cockroach entry. 

Taking these measures can help you avoid ever getting a cockroach infestation. However, if you wind up needing professional home pest control anyway, the experts here at Pest Pros LLC are just a click or call away.

When you call us, you’ll talk with a knowledgeable expert who can answer your pest-related questions and provide you with a free estimate.