Real Deal on Roaches
There are two types of roaches common in Arizona: German (house/apartment roach) and Turkestan or American (also known as a sewer roach). German cockroaches are light brown or tan with two black, horizontal stripes located just behind the head and can grow to be more than half an inch long. American cockroaches are reddish brown or mahogany colored with a yellow band behind their heads and can grow to more than three inches long. Most sewer roaches come from the ground. They burrow into moist areas: under shrubs, planter boxes, gravel, river rock, in sprinkler/water meter boxes.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Arizona
The sewer roach is easily controlled by a combination of granules and sprays outside the home, and sprays or glue traps inside.
- Sprinkle granules lightly in these nuisance areas; water in one time.
- Spray patio, door frames, window frames, sides of building, etc.
- De-clutter your yard and house to help keep cockroaches from bugging you in the first place.
The German cockroach is more difficult, but not impossible to kill. Because most of these roaches have become resistant to sprays, we use a combination of an invisible, odorless roach sterilant, a crack and crevice dust, and roach bait. Apply roach sterilant spray evenly and lightly to all cupboards, including every room and every baseboard.