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How Dangerous Is It To Have Roaches In My Tucson Home?

July 15, 2021

When it comes to keeping pests like cockroaches away, most homeowners understand the importance of keeping a clean home, but did you know that roaches will invade regardless of cleanliness? It's true, even though a dirtier house provides a more livable environment, these pests are non-discriminatory when choosing a place to nest. Their casual nesting habits may be great for them, but it's less than ideal for your Tucson home. Cockroach infestations are far from being just nuisances.

Common Cockroaches That Infest Tucson Homes

In the animal kingdom, there are many different species of each creature to accommodate for survival, and in Arizona alone there are roughly 20 different species of cockroaches that can be found. Thankfully, most of them stick to outdoor living, and can't live more than a few days indoors, but there are still a few that make happy homes within domiciles:

  • German Cockroach
  • American Cockroach
  • Oriental Cockroach
  • Brown-banded Cockroach

Depending on the species, these pests can vary in color from light brown, dark reddish brown, or black, and their size can vary from ½ of an inch all the way up to over 2 inches long. Some are winged, some aren't, but they all possess the standard six legs and flat, oval-shaped bodies.

These insects are fast for their size, and some have been clocked at around 3 miles per hour. This incredible feat would probably be more awe-inspiring if they didn't nest within bacteria-riddled areas, though. If you have an infestation, you can be certain that every inch of your Tucson home is contaminated with dangerous pathogens.

Signs Of Cockroaches & The Dangers They Bring To Your Tucson Home

If you have an infestation in your Tucson home, it's always best to catch it early, so knowing how to spot evidence that can be easily overlooked is crucial:

  • Droppings; small rice-shaped pellets or piles of ground pepper-like debris
  • Brown smear marks
  • Egg capsules; reddish-brown, often mistaken for large seeds or beans
  • Shed skin
  • Musty odor

Droppings and smear marks are the earliest signs of infestation you can find, and they're technically the same thing; the only difference is moisture levels within the environment. The larger droppings are also similar to mouse droppings though, so you may want to consult a pest professional on what kind of infestation you have. Egg capsules and shed skin are next, often heralding the rapid growth of a cockroach infestation. Egg capsules can hold between 16 and 50 eggs each, and nymphs shed their skin up to six times before they reach maturity.

Musty odor is the very last thing you'll notice before you start seeing live cockroaches during the day. This odor is a pheromone released in their excrement, and this along with the shed skin and dust they stir up often cause breathing complications, asthmatic flare-ups, and can even cause young children to develop asthma as well. With their messy behavior, top tier pathogen spreading abilities, and asthma-inducing pheromones, it's safe to say these pests are dangerous to have around your Tucson home.

The Safest Way To Get Rid Of A Cockroach Infestation In Your Tucson Home

Cockroaches are stubborn and resilient, and most have already built up a tolerance to store-bought pesticides. On top of being largely ineffective, foggers and sprays also contain some pretty harsh chemicals that can do some serious damage to you and your family. Since the point of exterminating your cockroach infestation is to keep your family safe, you want a solution that won't hurt your loved ones in the process too.

Luckily for you, Pest Friends has that family-friendly solution. Our company prides itself on its sole use of eco-friendly pest control products, because we know that a happy property is a healthy property. We want to make sure your home is a place you can relax and enjoy, which is why we don't limit our services to just reaction – we get proactive as well, and offer a wide range of prevention along with extermination. To top it off, all of our home pest control and commercial pest management services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So get in contact with us today, and take a deep sigh of relief knowing your home is protected.