What Are Sewer Roaches?

Sewer roaches are monstrous bugs that are truly nightmares for homeowners in Vegas. While many people think they’re a rare and unique breed of horror, the truth is, they’re far more common than people think. Sewer roaches themselves are just a nickname for the everyday American cockroach. Learn all about sewer roaches, their nickname, and what you can do to get rid of an infestation in your home.

Why Are They Called Sewer Roaches?

Sewer cockroaches can also be called water bugs. Regardless of their colloquial name, they are simply the common American cockroach. They’re generally referred to as “sewer roaches” for a very simple, straightforward, and apparent reason: they live in sewer systems! These roaches thrive on the warmth and moisture in your drains which makes the perfect place to nest. When they do, it can cause a world of problems for you and your family.

What Does a Sewer Roach Look Like?

These bugs tend to be between 1 to 2 inches long and range from light brown to reddish-brown. They have antennae as long as their bodies, six barbed legs, and at times a figure-8 pattern on their backs. They have fully-developed wings, are super-fast runners, and have a hard exoskeleton that can make them hard to squash. They may fly for short distances but usually prefer to skitter.

Where to Find Sewer Roaches 

Sewer roaches can set up shop inside your sewage or drain system because they like the moisture. They will, however, set up a nest anywhere dark. In some restaurants, nests of cockroaches have even been found inside ovens. The heat doesn’t bother them in the least. However, in most cases, they like it dark, warm, and damp, such as in drains, sewers, or sinks. This is because they are photophobic, which is why you often see them scatter late at night when you turn on the kitchen light.

How to Get Rid of Sewer Roaches?

You may have heard the old urban legend that cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast. That may not be true, but they are really tough to kill. Sewer roaches have an exoskeleton that’s quite literally like armor. They can be hard to squash and resistant to some pesticides. Some of the best ways to get rid of sewer roaches include

  • Glue traps
  • Gel baits
  • Drain cleaners
  • Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is a soft and natural material that is safe for people and pets. It can create micro-cuts in the exoskeleton of a roach, causing them to dry out and die. Better yet, when a cockroach does get to it, they carry it back to its nest, where it kills a bunch more.

Call the Professionals

There’s only one sure way to get rid of a roach infestation once it takes hold, and that’s with professional help. Contact Sin City Plumbing today to learn more!

Scroll to Top
Skip to content