Cockroaches — the mere thought of them sends a shiver down most people’s spines.

Here at Pickett Pest Control, we hear many people planning to visit or move to Utah ask if there are cockroaches or other similar desert-dwelling pests that are prone to the area.


The short answer is yes; in fact, cockroach removal is one of the more sought-after pest control services we offer in Utah throughout Vernal, Duchesne, St. George, Naples, Neola, and Roosevelt. They can be more common in homes of some areas than others depending on a variety of factors such as climate, terrain, and how rural the neighborhood.

There are four main types of cockroaches that can be found throughout Utah:

  • American Cockroach
  • Oriental Cockroach
  • German Cockroach
  • Turkestan Cockroach


American Cockroach

These are the big guys that are often mistaken to be water bugs or palmetto bugs. They will reach upwards of two inches when fully grown, and to top it off, they can fly — pleasant to think about, right? While it sounds miraculous yet mortifying, their flight looks something like a drunken pilot — far from being the most admirable flight pattern you will find in nature.


They normally show up in or around Utah residences in search of their main source of nutrition — dead or dying organic material. Yard clippings, mulch, fallen leaves, and tree bark are all staples of the American roach’s diet, which is why you will see them come around more so in the late summer and fall seasons.


While they are the biggest and creepiest of Utah roaches, they are overall the best type of roach infestation to have to deal with, as they do not breed nearly as fast as other native species. It takes a full year for an American roach to grow from an instar (baby roach) to its full adult size, meaning you can have your pest control services performed on an extended annual or even bi-yearly basis in some cases rather than monthly.


Oriental Cockroach

These little critters reach roughly an inch in size and are a rich black color as if they’ve been polished with a black shoe shine. They are found predominantly in areas rich in moisture such as irrigation control boxes and plumbing/sewage systems. If you live in Utah, you’ve more than likely seen one or more of them make an appearance climbing out of manholes on the streets.


Turkestan Cockroach

These are are some of the most prolific pests found in Utah, especially in the St. George area and surrounding communities. Also known as the rusty red cockroach, they are some of the smallest roaches which makes them difficult to discover before it is too late and you already have an infestation on your hands. They also have among the highest and fastest breeding potential which leads to many monthly or bi-monthly pest control service plans in order to ensure they are fully eradicated from Utah homes that succumb to them.


German Cockroach

The German cockroach is what we refer to at Pickett Pest Control as the ultimate survivor. While they are not quite as common in Utah (luckily), they are the most common in the United States and by far the most difficult roaches to remove. They can eat just about anything, live just about anywhere, and build up an immunity to many common household pesticides and insecticides.

They are also among the most concerning roaches to have make themselves at home as they can carry dysentery, salmonella, and Staphylococcus. What’s more, their excrement contains numerous allergens. All in all, not a roach you want visiting you!

Adults German cockroaches are roughly 5/8” long with light brown color. The nymphs (juveniles) are light brown with two dark stripes down their entire body. They prefer dark, moist, and warm areas, mostly found in the kitchen, but they have the potential to infest anywhere in the home.


If you are looking to move to Utah, we hope that these pesky critters don’t deter you! Pickett Pest Control has been removing roaches from homes throughout Utah for years, so if you end up having any of these four roaches native to Utah give your home or business a visit, give us a call for a free in-house evaluation! We offer affordable, effective treatments for protecting your property from invasive pests of all types without risking the health or safety of your employees, family, or pets.


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