Getting Rid Of Roaches In Your Sierra Vista Home The Right Way

an american cockroach crawling in a kitchen

Cockroaches are among the most difficult pests to get rid of. They are incredibly hardy and can survive conditions that most other pests could not endure. Some cockroach species can survive freezing weather or even live without a head for up to a week until they die of dehydration. They are also very hard to detect, so a cockroach infestation may go unnoticed for a long time. Cockroaches carry diseases as well, making them that much more threatening. There is a way to get rid of them permanently, however. Mule Mountain Pest Control is the Sierra Vista pest control company you need to contact if you have a cockroach issue in your home.

How To Tell If You Have A Roach Problem In Your Home

It can be very difficult to tell if you have a cockroach infestation in your house, but let's look at some signs that might lead you to these pests. Cockroaches have six legs and two antennae and tend to be flat and oval-shaped. Most species are somewhere between light brown and black in color. A few common signs of cockroaches in your Sierra Vista home include cockroach droppings, which are sometimes mistaken for mouse droppings, cockroach eggs near food sources or in hard-to-reach areas, and a distinct musty smell caused by these pests. You are unlikely to see a live cockroach during the day. If you do, however, this might be evidence of a severe infestation, and you should contact a professional pest control service right away.

All The Ways Roaches In Your Home Can Make You Sick

Now that we've discussed cockroach identification, let's take a look at the threats these Sierra Vista pests may present. Cockroaches are some of the dirtiest pests in existence and therefore bring a number of health risks with them when they invade your home. They are known to spread more than 30 different kinds of bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli, both of which are highly toxic to humans. They can also carry multiple types of parasitic worms and other pathogens that are harmful. The germs they pick up on their legs will transfer to the food sources they infest and the areas of your home they invade. Their dead skins, droppings, saliva, and fecal matter all contain allergens known to cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Children are especially susceptible to these allergens.

The Issues With Trying To Get Rid Of Roaches On Your Own

With all the health issues and contamination that cockroaches can cause, it's natural to want to do something about them immediately if you suspect a problem. However, trying to get rid of cockroaches on your own is a recipe for frustration. Cockroaches are nocturnal, highly adaptable, and reproduce quickly. They are known to resist many of the insecticides that are readily available for homeowners to use. Rather than wasting time and money on cockroach control products and do-it-yourself remedies, follow these steps to help deter cockroaches from entering your home in the first place.

  • Search for any openings in the exterior of your home and seal them. 
  • Close up gaps or cracks near drains, under doors, and around electrical sockets. 
  • Keep counters, sinks, floors, and tables clean and free of food particles. 
  • Store all food, including pet food, in closed containers.
  • Sweep or vacuum often to prevent food particles from building up.

If you find yourself dealing with a cockroach infestation, there are still things you can do. Contacting a Sierra Vista cockroach control professional is your best option.

What It Takes To Get Rid Of Roaches In Your Home

Since 1993, Mule Mountain Pest Control has been helping Arizona homeowners with their pest control needs. We are committed to environmentally responsible pest control methods, honest evaluations, and fair prices. Our business is family owned and operated, and we treat our customers like part of that family. If you need to deal with a cockroach issue for good, contact Mule Mountain Pest Control today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Sierra Vista.