Why Can't I Get These Roaches Out Of My Phoenix Home?

close up of a cockroach

There are many reasons why it is difficult to get rid of roaches. We could write a book on the subject. But it is unlikely that you would want to read it. Instead, we've put together this short list to help you better understand these frustrating insects and why it's so hard to keep cockroaches out of your Phoenix home.

Reason One: Roaches Are Resistant

When a cockroach comes in contact with a harmful chemical and survives (which is often the case), it can shed its skin and develop a new skin that is more resistant to that chemical. This form of adaptation has allowed cockroaches to survive in the most hostile environments in the world. If you attempt to get rid of cockroaches with over-the-counter sprays, you're likely to be disappointed with the results.

Reason Two: Roaches Avoid Danger

Since the dawn of time, many people have wanted to exterminate roaches from the face of the earth. Their attempts fall short of the task because cockroaches in Phoenix work together to avoid danger. They learn from each other and observe each other's behavior. This can lead to complications with cockroach control, such as bait avoidance. Roaches can develop a distaste for a bait that would otherwise be highly palatable.

Reason Three: Roaches Have A Surprising Number Of Foods They Can Eat

One of the best ways to control roaches is to keep things clean. Cockroaches eat rotting organic matter, oils, and grease. But it isn't easy to clean a kitchen, pantry, or home enough to drive roaches out. You have to clean, deep clean, and keep cleaning. The good news is that your diligent efforts will have an impact. Cleaning your Phoenix home helps to protect you from cockroach-related illnesses and stunts the population growth of the roaches in your home. It also helps to reduce attractants as you apply other pest control measures to get complete control.

Reason Four: Moisture Can Make Your Home More Interesting

If you're having trouble controlling cockroaches, you may have moisture problems in your Phoenix home. A home with a damp perimeter or humid spaces on the inside is far more susceptible to a widespread cockroach infestation. Cockroaches need moisture for their skins. They need moisture to drink. They're also drawn to dampened paper and cardboard. Roaches eat paper just like silverfish do.

Reason Five: You Have Holes In Your Defenses

Roaches don't chew holes through wood, rubber, plastic, and other building materials. While they'll certainly dine on wallpaper, they don't chew through materials that keep them out of your home. They get into your home through gaps, cracks, and holes. If you don't seal these entry points, you'll have a very difficult time arresting a cockroach infestation in your home.

Reason Six: Exterior Attractants

Cockroaches prefer a perimeter that is moist and filled with decaying organic matter. If you have a clogged gutter, dense landscaping, leaf litter, sticks, and other organic debris around your home, you'll invite a cockroach infestation. This is because more cockroaches around your home will increase your chances that roaches will get inside. If you're trying to get rid of roaches, this is made more difficult if roaches keep getting in.

Uni-Tech Pest Control Can Get Rid Of Cockroaches And Keep Them Out

Cockroaches are pernicious pests. While it is possible to deter and resist cockroaches by reducing exterior attractants, sealing exterior openings, removing food sources through proper sanitation and food management, and addressing all moisture problems inside and outside of your home, direct cockroach control is needed for the highest level of control. 

If you need direct control, contact Uni-Tech Pest Control. Our technicians use advanced strategies and a combination of products to get this tough job done right. Connect with us today for immediate assistance and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Phoenix.

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