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The Sacramento region has seen an increase of cockroaches this season and because these pests like dark, damp places, Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD) is taking measures to address cockroaches in the sewer system.
SASD serves Citrus Heights and surrounding communities. The organization owns and operates 4,600 miles of sewer pipelines, including 67,000 sewer manholes. Many dark and damp environments, including landscaping, storm drains, crawl spaces, and sewer systems, can attract cockroaches. Over the years, SASD has used several cockroach control methods to address customer concerns and discourage cockroaches from inhabiting the sewer system.
What is SASD doing to control cockroaches?When a customer calls (916-875-6730) with a concern about cockroaches in the sewer system, SASD investigates within 2 hours. If the investigation confirms cockroach activity, SASD uses a number of proactive and reactive measures including:
What is “manhole painting”?Manhole painting is a pest control treatment process where latex paint that contains an insecticide is applied to the inside walls of a manhole. The goal is to provide a longer-lasting insecticide to eliminate cockroaches over time. As part of a pilot project, 1,100 manholes were painted throughout SASD’s service area, with the goal of fewer roaches in the sewer system and fewer customer concerns. Once manholes are painted, SASD will conduct ongoing inspections to determine how effective this new method is. The pilot will continue through December 2020 and if deemed successful, SASD will implement this approach on a broader scale across SASD’s service area.
Are these cockroach control methods safe?Yes. SASD’s mission is to protect public health and the environment. As part of that commitment, SASD has worked with the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and others to ensure all eradication methods meet local, state, and federal requirements for the protection of public health.
What if I see cockroaches after SASD has already come out?
For more information, check out these additional FAQs from SASD or visit the organization's website at https://www.sacsewer.com/.