The Three Species of Arizona Cockroaches

By | October 15, 2012

Most types of cockroaches here in Phoenix, AZ are NOT household pests. The majority of cockroaches live in the tropics, far from fast food and flushing toilets. There are three species of cockroaches that are common to Arizona. They include:

Blatella germanica

German Cockroach

These cockroaches are notorious worldwide. When they invade, they set up housekeeping, living, feeding and breeding under the same roof with you. They like the kitchen and bathroom, where they can eat, drink and be merry at will.

They are pale brown and only about ½” to ¾” long. These little pests have oodles of off-spring. One female will lay over 2,000 eggs in a single year.



The american cockroach, Periplaneta americana....

American Cockroach

These cockroaches are reddish brown and up to 2” long. These guys are bigger and uglier then the Germans, but not quite the nuisance.

Americans just visit your home, stopping to grab something to eat. They then leave to live and breed someplace else.

They love warm, moist areas and live in sewers, basements, storage rooms and garbage areas. American roaches can go three months without food and a full month without water.



Turkestan Cockroach

Turkestan cockroaches are shorter and a little darker than the American roach. The Turkestans prefer to live outdoors rather than in buildings and sewers. You will find then in leaf litter, flower beds, under rocks and sprinkler control or water meter boxes.

These critters pose less of a health hazard than American or German cockroaches and have one major characteristic most people find offensive. They fly!



Phoenix Roach Control

The city of Phoenix will paint the inside of some 8,000 manholes with a latex based pesticide every two years. This greatly helps in controlling the cockroach populations. However, the City is only responsible for the public sewers. It’s us, the citizens of Phoenix, who are responsible for keeping cockroaches out of our homes and properties.

If you are a Phoenix resident, and are having a problem with cockroaches in and around your property, contact a local pest control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474

Beekeeper Total Bee Control Inc
1202 East Maryland Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 274-0400

Critter Control
Phoenix, AZ 85001
(602) 569-2360

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