German Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About German Cockroaches

What are German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are one of the most problematic types of cockroaches that you can encounter around your property. Not only are German cockroaches highly adaptable, but they are hardy and prolific, rapidly reproducing so that an infestation quickly becomes widespread.

German cockroaches can be identified by their smaller size, light yellow or tan color, and two dark stripes that run parallel down their back. Professional cockroach removal is often needed to fully remove all traces of this pest from your property.

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Are German cockroaches dangerous?

German cockroaches, like the majority of other cockroach species, are dangerous to encounter. A cockroach infestation is highly unhygienic, and cockroaches are known for spreading severe illnesses around properties such as cholera, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and salmonellosis. As cockroaches scavenge throughout your kitchens, food storage, and food preparation areas, they contaminate both surfaces and food, creating a health hazard.

Additionally, German cockroaches may trigger allergic reactions and respiratory issues in certain individuals. A protein in the shed skins, egg cases, saliva, and droppings of cockroaches causes these problems, and as an infestation becomes widespread, these health problems are more likely to occur.

Why do I have a German cockroach problem?

German cockroaches are drawn to properties that provide easy access to food, water, and spaces to nest. If you have plenty of trash left out, improperly stored food, moisture issues, and overgrown areas outdoors, you might find that German cockroaches are attracted to your property. Additionally, cluttered spaces and collections of cardboard or plastic bags also attract German cockroaches looking to hide.

Where will I find German cockroaches?

German cockroaches love dark, secluded, and warm spaces, especially if those spaces are near food sources. You will most likely find German cockroaches around kitchens, hiding under appliances, at the backs of cabinets and drawers, or even hiding in between walls. Outdoors, German cockroaches will be seen near trash cans, compost piles, outdoor pet food, overgrown foliage, and piles of decaying matter.

How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

Get rid of cockroaches the easy way by skipping DIY control methods and contacting The PEST Group at the first signs of roaches invading. Our team will identify your biggest cockroach problem areas and work with you to develop treatment plans that are perfectly tailored to your property’s needs, effectively eliminating your German cockroach problem. With our help, you won’t need to tackle these pests alone and can rest assured knowing we’ll eliminate all traces of these insects.

Contact us today to learn more or to request a free inspection.

How can I prevent German cockroaches in the future?

Prevent German cockroaches in the future by following our expert tips to deter these insects:

  • Seal potential entry points around your property’s foundation, windows, and doors; install weatherstripping and door sweeps to keep roaches outside.

  • Seal trash bags tightly and use trash cans with tight-fitting lids to keep roaches from scavenging in these areas.

  • Always store leftover food properly and clean up food and drink spills immediately to stop the aroma from attracting roaches.

  • Declutter interior areas and throw away piles of cardboard boxes or plastic bags so roaches aren’t drawn to hide in these places.

  • Clear outdoor areas of long grasses and overgrown foliage or piles of decaying debris and plant matter to reduce German cockroach hiding spots.

  • Address moisture issues such as leaks and use dehumidifiers indoors to prevent damp and humid conditions from occurring.

For more information or for local cockroach control you can count on, contact The PEST Group today.

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