There are other insects in Arizona, and they are sometimes confused with roaches, such as beetles. Cockroaches creep into homes and businesses uninvited and do not leave the place as long as they get enough to fill their appetite. Cockroaches are a diverse species, and they tend to inhabit different areas, making them a tricky pest to control
The common species of Cockroaches in Arizona are:
1) German cockroach
Scientific Name: Blattella germanica
Appearance- These are small in size, ranging from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch in length and medium yellowish-brown in color. German roaches can be distinguished from other cockroaches by two dark parallel stripes on the anterior, dorsal portion of the thorax.
Place of Exhibition- The preferred habitats by these cockroaches are Kitchens, bathrooms, and other locations that provide food, moisture, warmth, and shelter.
Life span- It is approximately 100 days.
2) American cockroach
Scientific Name: Periplaneta americana
Appearance- Ranging from 1-1/2 to 2 inches, this is one of the enormous common cockroaches in Hawaii. They are reddish-brown. The prothorax(shield portion behind the head) has a margin of light brown or yellow color.
Place of exhibiting- They occur in the dark, damp, warm areas, often near steam pipes, in sewers, grease traps, wet basements, etc. They mostly happen to be in restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, breweries, pet shops, and other establishments where food is prepared or stored.
Lifespan- They can survive up to two years, much longer than other cockroach types.
3) Brown-banded cockroach
Scientific Name: Supella longipalpa
Appearance- Brown-banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. It is one of the smallest of the invasive cockroaches, and the adult brown-banded cockroach may reach a length of 11 to 14.5 mm.
Place of Exhibiting- They are commonly found on ceilings, higher on walls, behind photo frames, and near motors of refrigerators and other electrical appliances. They also reside in electrical switches, closets, and furniture.
4) Turkestan cockroach
Scientific Name: Blatta lateralis
These are also known as “Red runner” or “Rusty red” Cockroaches. It is a well-established species in Southern California.
Appearance– Males and females are strikingly different in appearance, with males adults ranging from about 1 to 1.25 inches in length, reddish-brown with fully developed wings. Females are dark brown to black and have extremely short wings. This species of roaches breed faster. Males are capable of weak flight, while females are utterly incapable of flying. These possess similar biological features to Oriental cockroaches.
Place of exhibiting- These species are usually found in outdoor locations such as water meter boxes, compost, leaf litter, potted plants, and sewer systems due to their seeming love for damp weather conditions.
Weather in Arizona
Arizona is a warm place, and therefore cockroaches thrive here round the year. These pests are cold-blooded creatures, and they prefer almost the same temperatures as human beings live. Arizona’s warm and dry climate is the biggest reason for cockroaches to live and thrive in the city.
Dealing with Cockroaches in Arizona is not a DIY task, and professional help is required to counter them.