Cockroaches rank high on the homeowners’ list of pest problems.


The most commonly encountered cockroaches in Arizona are the German cockroach, American cockroach, European cockroach, brown-banded cockroach, brown cockroach, and Turkestan cockroach. These insects are certainly a nuisance, though they may also be potential transmitters of several foodborne illnesses. Cockroaches are usually found in unclean, unsanitary areas and locations.

  • American Cockroach
  • Brown Banded Cockroach
  • German Cockroach
  • Oriental Cockroach
  • Turkestan Cockroach

Cockroaches in Arizona

Cockroaches have been a part of life for animals and humans nearly since animals and humans first appeared on the planet. Cockroaches are famous for being lively creatures, capable of adapting to various climates and weather. Despite Arizona’s warm, dry, climate cockroaches find a way to live and thrive.

While it doesn’t really get very cold in the winter months in Arizona, the temperature is low compared to say… mid-summer. This change in weather does cause cockroaches to try to find indoor places to hide. Once they get inside, cockroaches are hard to get rid of. This is why getting rid of cockroaches in Arizona starts with preventing cockroaches from getting inside in the first place.

About Time Pest & Weed Control in Arizona are experts in cockroach control including roach removal from homes and businesses as well as treatments for cockroach prevention. Contact your local About Time Pest & Weed Control office in Arizona for an appointment with a specialist if you think you have a roach infestation.

American Cockroaches

Length: Adults can be slightly more than 50 mm (3 inches) long.

Color: American cockroaches are reddish brown colored, with a yellow band outlines around their head.

Behavior: Scary thing is, the American cockroach can fly. The wings develop when the roaches become adults.

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Length: one of the smallest of the invasive cockroaches, the adult brown-banded cockroach may reach 11 to 14.5 mm in length.

Color: These colorful roaches received their name from the light brown or tan transverse bands that are present on the wings of the adult and across the body of the young, or nymphs.

German Cockroach

Size: Adults grow to a length of 13-16 mm.

Indentiy: Adults are easily recognized by their light brown or tan coloration with two black horizontal stripes located on the pronotum immediately behind the head,  The  young, or nymphs, are darker, almost black in color, also with the black stripes behind the head.

Oriental Cockroach

Size: 25 mm long max


  • Wings: three-quarter-length wings, leaving the last few abdominal segments exposed
  • Color: Shiny black to a dark reddish-brown color

Turkestan Cockroaches

Location: Turkestan cockroaches usually live outdoors, but may be found indoors when they reaches their population peak in the summer.

Indentiy: Turkestan cockroach females are about one-inch long, colored dark-brown to black, plus have cream-colored markings along the edges of the body and behind the head. Males of the species are smaller than the females, are brownish orange or red, have yellowish wings that extend beyond the tip of the abdomen and have the same cooler markings on the margins of their body as do the females.

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