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

American Cockroach on a toothbrush.

It seems like some pests are easier to handle than others. Ants curl up and die from being sprayed with a basic house cleaner. Flies can be swatted right out of the air. Even larger creatures like raccoons can sometimes be removed with things like loud yelling and banging. Keeping all of this in mind, there is one pest that regularly invades homes in Mesa that consistently proves difficult to eliminate. We are talking about cockroaches. Here are some things you should know about these pests, including some methods that actually work to get and keep them out of your home.

The Difficulties In Identifying Cockroaches

One thing that makes cockroaches difficult to control is that they are not brave creatures. The average roach will spend the day hiding and will only come out at night when they are sure people are not moving around. Only in rare cases (when a cockroach is born with brave genes or when hiding places are becoming cramped by other cockroaches) will these pests wander out into the open during daylight hours. 

Beyond seeing a roach inside your home, there are a few other ways to know that these pests are around. Here are a few good signs to keep your eyes out for.

  • Roach droppings
  • Shed skins
  • Egg castings
  • Smear marks
  • A foul and musty odor in the air

What Cockroaches Are Resilient Against

Cockroaches are naturally resilient creatures. Something you might know is that these pests can withstand five times more radiation than the average human. Some believe cockroaches will be the last creatures left on earth because of how hard they are to kill and the fact that they can survive on practically anything including glue, paste, and toenail clippings! One way a cockroach’s resilience makes them difficult to eliminate is that they aren’t affected by chemical pest control products in the same way other pests are. To eliminate roaches, you need industrial-grade products that are best left in the hands of a professional 

Can You Crush A Cockroach?

A cockroach is able to withstand over 900 times its own body weight in pressure. That said, a fast-traveling boot will absolutely obliterate one of these tough insects. A rolled-up newspaper, on the other hand, may not. Keep this in mind if you ever spot one of these gross-looking insects skittering around inside your home.

Some Strategies To Prevent Cockroaches

Assuming your home does not have a cockroach infestation at the moment, now is your time to put in place some prevention methods. Here are eight great tips and tricks you should try today.

  1. Identify and seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  2. Make sure your screens are in good condition.
  3. Install door sweeps under all of your exterior doors.
  4. Address moisture issues in and around your home.
  5. Store your food in air-tight containers and inside your refrigerator for extra protection.
  6. Invest in pest-proof trash cans.
  7. Keep your home clean and clutter-free.
  8. Maintain your grass and landscaping.

The Best Answer To A Cockroach Infestation

The moment you find out cockroaches are inside your Mesa home, contact a home pest professional. These pests are dangerous and regularly spread diseases and cause breathing problems. At Pro Active Pest Control, we understand how and why cockroaches get into homes. We also know how to stop these invasive and harmful pests. Find out if your living areas have cockroaches by letting one of our friendly and trained technicians pay your home a visit today.

Call now to discuss scheduling or to have any of your pest-related questions answered.