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American Cockroach - Sewer Roach The most common and largest cockroach found in Arizona is our famous sewer roach the American cockroach. Sewer roaches can reach sizes up to 2+ inches long and are chestnut or reddish-brown in color. Sewer roaches, as their name implies, live in sewers where they build up to high numbers. They may make their way into houses through drains, so covering and closing all drains helps prevent them. Increased activity is reported by homeowners during bi-annual City of Phoenix sewer sprays.
Brown Banded Cockroach Brown-banded and German cockroaches are commonly found inside Phoenix area homes. German cockroach are about 5/8 inch long and pale yellowish brown with two darker stripes running lengthwise on the top of their body. Female German roaches carry eggs in cases (Ootheca) which resemble large "pills" at the end of their abdomen. Left untreated German roach infestation can grow out of control quickly. German roaches can easily be transported to new homes inside cardboard boxes, appliances, electronics and clothes. Brown-banded cockroaches are about 5/8 inch long with light yellowish-brown bands encircling the front of their body and across their wings.
Turkestan Cockroach Turkestan cockroaches have become more common around the exterior of Phoenix area homes. Males are winged, light yellowish-brown and about an inch long. Female Turkestan roaches have shortened oval wings, and are black with cream-colored markings on the wings and thorax. When populations are high they have been known to infest inside homes. Males fly to lights at night. Nymphs are brown in front and black behind, and are the stage seen most often. Cleaning up wood piles, and other debris helps keep numbers down. Also, geckos are apparently good predators of these roaches. Sanitation and insecticidal baits can be helpful for controlling cockroaches.
Oriental Cockroach Oriental Cockroaches are about 1 inch long, solid dark brown to black and have wings that cover ¾ of their bodies. Oriental roaches do not fly. They prefer wet, cool environments. They are often found in sewers, basements, drains around pipes, and in wall voids. Roaches carry viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoans and other nasty things. Regardless of the species all cockroaches are hazardous to your health and should be eliminated when found inside your home or business.
Bills Pest technicians are trained and experience to quickly identify every species of cockroaches found in Arizona and prescribe a safe treatment designed to eliminate roach infestations.
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