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German Cockroaches

They Eat...They Hide!

German Cockroach Description

  • Cockroaches can wreak havoc on your home. To win the war in cockroach control, here’s what you should know:
  • Entry: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. We even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses and on our person!
  • Ideal environment: Your home is an ideal breeding ground most species of cockroaches. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.
  • Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly. For every one you see there can be many, many more hiding and multiplying behind your walls.
  • Evasiveness: Because cockroaches are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, you probably haven’t seen them all. The few cockroaches you see by day could mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation.
  • Allergies/Asthma: The dust created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals.
  • Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from insecticides. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, cockroach control can be a losing battle.

Biology and Behavior

  • This is a small, brown cockroach, approximately 5/8 of an inch in length with two dark lines near their head.
  • Egg capsules are carried by the adult cockroach until they are ready to hatch.
  • Egg capsules contain 36 to 40 eggs per capsule and hatch in 28 days.
  • They spend as much of their life indoors in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • They will frequent unsanitary conditions.
  • They can rapidly infest and proliferate homes, restaurants and other establishments.
  • They are more active at night (nocturnal)

German Cockroach Prevention Tips

  • Remember the three W's when inspecting: wood, warmth and water.
  • Remove food and moisture sources (i.e., sinks filled with dirty dishes, food spills).
  • Seal cracks in floors, walls and ceilings with a sealant.
  • Fill window and door frame gaps and utility openings with a sealant.
  • Remove garbage daily and store containers outside.
  • Keep food containers closed and well sealed.
  • Look beneath base and in control panels of water heaters.
  • Eliminate cluttered areas (i.e., corrugate boxes stored in corners).

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