Keeping German Roaches Out
Did you know that there is fossil evidence, which suggests that cockroaches were living on this planet more than 300 million years ago? It’s true, and it’s also the reason that cockroaches have won the title of the most likely species to survive a nuclear holocaust. However, that certainly doesn’t make those facing infestation feel good.
Currently, there are about 3,500 species of cockroaches known to exist in different corners of the globe. Only a small percentage of those reside of America. There are fifty-five species known to this country and of those, the German Roach is the most widely spread. It has become a major pest in the cities in most of the fifty states, where colonies move into homes, restaurants, hotels, schools, and many other buildings.
Why is the German Roach so prolific in America? Most believe that it has a great deal to do with the size of the insect, which grows to no more than 5/8 inch in length. This gives it an advantage over its larger cousins, because it can hide in relatively small cracks and nooks.
German cockroaches like a warm, damp environment, but can survive rather harsh situations for long periods of time. They are likely to invade a space if there are good food supplies, including sweets, grease, or meat products. They will hide away during the day to avoid being spotted, but are quick to emerge in an effort to forage and mate.
Unfortunately, when they move in, they bring bad odors and disease-producing bacteria with them. On their bodies and legs, some microorganisms live. As the roach moves about food supplies, taking in his fill, the microscopic cling-ons fall onto that food, where they can be ingested by humans. These can lead to food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, and other intestinal issues.
It is important to get rid of German Roaches as soon as they are spotted. In addition to spreading disease, they are known to have allergens in their skin that can cause skin rashes, watery eyes and sneezing. They can also lead to an increased severity of asthma symptoms.