How to control German Cockroaches Phoenix Az
Phoenix area kitchens are warm, have food and can provide the water sources that most Arizona pests need to survive. For decades the most problematic kitchen pests have been German Cockroaches (Blattella germanica), unsavory creatures that disgust nearly everyone.
It is a small cockroach, with two distinctive longitudinal stripes just behind its head. German cockroaches require regular moisture, have a high reproductive rate and they are small enough to live in cracks and crevices. Infestations are often at their worst during the late summer and monsoon season.
While keeping a clean kitchen or home can reduce the likelihood of getting a nasty roach infestation…It’s a myth that only “dirty people” get cockroaches. Every home or commercial kitchen has the potential to have a cockroach problem.
Once started the severity of a roach infestation is usually determined by the availability of food, water and harborage. Roach infestations can blossom in homes with clutter problems because, the more stuff, especially in the kitchen, the more hiding (harborage) places for roaches.
Even clean, neat and tidy kitchens can have German roaches. For example, cockroaches can hide in the seams of paper bags and eat the paste that holds the seams together.
Because Arizona roaches tend to hangout in or near garbage cans, sewers, manholes and other disease-laden locations, germs can attach to their body and transfer to countertops, plates, utensils etc during the normal roach foraging. These include disease-causing bacteria: Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, Streptococcus (pneumonia), several helminths (hookworm, pinworms, tapeworms), and even viruses (poliomyelitis). Cockroaches also produce a powerful allergen that causes allergies and asthma.
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Effective German cockroach control in Phoenix Az usually requires three or more services.
The first step in how to control german cockroaches Phoenix Az is to clean up the infestation area…remove clutter, clean spilled or open food sources and turn off moisture sources.
The first service is the Clean-out or Flush service. Aerosol sprays are used to kill exposed roaches and flush them from harborage areas. Depending upon the size of the infested area…a proper clean-out can take several hours. Residual sprays are used to catch stragglers when they re-infest treated areas.
After completing the Clean-out service it’s important to do a follow up service to measure effectiveness. If the roach population is still high…another Clean-out service may be necessary.
When a sizeable dent is notice in the roach population then the next service should be the bait and dust service. Introducing residual dust in harborage areas along with bait placements ads protection when the next batch of roaches hatches. Care must be taken so that the residual dust does not contaminate bait placements.
Two weeks after the bait and dust service a follow up should be necessary to recharge the baited areas. Periodic follow up inspections and ongoing monitoring with glue boards may be necessary…especially in commercial kitchens.