The Turkestan Cockroach: Unwelcome Newcomer to Arizona

by | Mar 26, 2012 | Business And Finance

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If you live in a warm-weather city like Phoenix, AZ, you probably meet people who have recently moved into town. In Phoenix, you might also experience another kind of newcomer: the Turkestan cockroach. This arthropod showed up in California in the 1980s, probably having hitched a ride with military personnel returning from the Middle East. Fortunately, the Turkestan cockroach is a desert creature, most often found outside. Unfortunately, under the right conditions, these critters will move indoors and become a big nuisance.

The Turkestan roach is nocturnal, so tracking its trail can be tricky. If you experience an infestation, you may have to work the night shift. One pest control technician was trying to solve a persistent problem with Turkestan roaches in a school. One night, he traced them to a corner of the fenced school grounds, where he discovered that a neighbor was putting out cat food and water for feral cats, creating a feast for the roaches.

What can you do to stop these creatures in their tracks? Perhaps it’s time to call a natural pest control specialist for help. Companies using natural pest control methods in Phoenix, AZ do not depend on hazardous materials to eliminate roaches. Natural pest control companies will pin down the problem at the source, analyze the ports of entry into your home, determine the best type of control method, and use natural products to get rid of the pests. A natural pest control expert knows the biology of the roaches and specializes in methods of eradication that keep you and your family safe from harmful chemicals.

Whether you live in Phoenix, AZ, or Dallas, TX, keeping your home clean does a lot more than make it pretty, it also provides an inherent degree of natural pest control and prevention. Good housekeeping reduces the chances of a potential roach invasion and keeps bugs outside where they belong. Here are ways to ensure that your home is not an invitation for roaches:

  • Eliminate stacks of clutter. Roaches love piles of things to hide under.
  • Keep your home clean. Clean up crumbs; wipe counters and tables after use; vacuum floors.
  • Put food in tightly sealed containers. Don’t leave food or open bags on the counter.
  • Keep pet food in a container with a lid.
  • Don’t leave dirty pots and pans on the stove. Wash dishes and utensils and put them away.
  • Clean off grease and cooking spatters from the stove and counters.
  • Rinse cans and containers before putting them in the recycle bin.
  • Empty the trash daily and keep a lid on garbage cans.

Natural Pest Control Phoenix AZ – Natural pest control in Phoenix, AZ starts with basic good housekeeping to discourage roaches and other bugs from finding your home to be the best restaurant in town. But when reinforcements are needed, the natural pest control team at Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control makes pest control a non-toxic part of your life with natural, organic, and green pest control solutions.