The Wastewater Collection section treats the public sewer manholes for cockroaches. A latex-based insecticide paint is used to coat the inside of manhole walls. Once the insecticide paint is applied, it is effective at controlling cockroach re-infestation for at least two years.
The Roach Hotline (480-644-3550) is an easy way to report infestations or sightings of cockroaches suspected of originating from the City's sanitary sewer system. When a call is received Wastewater Collection Services will respond in one of two ways:
- Records will be reviewed and if the manhole has been treated within the last two years, the caller will be notified. No field check will be performed.
- If records indicate no insecticide has been applied to the manhole near the caller's address in the last two years, a field check will be performed. Nearby sanitary sewer manholes will be treated with insecticide and the caller will be informed whether roaches were observed or not.
Roach Control Tips
- Keep drains covered if not in use for long periods of time.
- Keep drains filled with water to keep P-traps from drying out.
- Attach properly fitted door sweeps, caulk around windows and seal any cracks in a building's foundation.
- Check for cracks or crevices in baseboards, water pipes, vents or windows that could be potential entryways.
- Store food in tightly sealed containers, including pet food.
- Use a professional exterminator to regularly treat your home or business inside and out.