What do German cockroaches look like?
German cockroaches are light reddish brown with two dark stripes behind the head. Male cockroaches are usually lighter in color than the female. German cockroaches grow to be 1/2 – 5/8 inch long. German cockroaches have two long sweeping, segmented antennae. Like all cockroaches, they have 6 legs. German cockroaches have wings, even though they don’t typically fly. They do like to run and they are able to move pretty fast.
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Are German cockroaches dangerous?
Just because German cockroaches do not bite humans doesn’t mean they aren’t a threat to humans. German cockroaches carry and spread bacteria and human pathogens. They most often are the source of food contamination in restaurants and residential kitchens. German cockroaches pick up germs on their legs when crawling through sewage and other contaminated matter then carry these germs onto counters, tables, and other food preparation areas. German cockroaches are known to cause serious allergic reactions and asthma attacks. The risk of these reactions increases with younger children and babies.
German cockroaches habitat.
German cockroaches like warm humid places like kitchens and bathrooms. They will spread to any place there is food or water available. German cockroaches can fit in small cracks and crevices where they hide unseen during the day. With heavy infestations, they can be seen during the daytime.
German cockroaches are easily brought into homes and commercial kitchens inside of boxes, grocery bags, used appliances, and even electronics like TV’s and cable boxes. German cockroaches prefer the indoors but can survive warmer months outside.
How do I get rid of German cockroaches?
German cockroach infestations can be almost impossible for the average person to get rid of on their own. Prevention is the key to avoiding a German cockroach problem. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to identify and eliminate German cockroaches as well as other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program.
How can I prevent German cockroach problems at my home or business?
Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any German cockroach problems in your home.
- Clean regularly, do not leave crumbs or spills.
- Keep dishes washed nightly and put away to eliminate that food and water source.
- Do not leave food out on counters and put away pet food at night in a sealed container.
- Seal up cracks in the foundation or basement, use caulking to seal up around windows and doors.
- Reduce high humidity areas by using a dehumidifier or air-conditioner where needed.
- Remove trash from your home regularly and place it in an outdoor trash can with a tight lid.
- Keep trash containers, firewood, and compost piles at least 20 feet from the exterior of your home.
- Inspect used appliances extremely well before bringing into your home or business.
If you suspect a German cockroach problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.
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