German Cockroaches: How They're Different than Other Roaches
Are German Roaches Different Than Other Cockroaches?
One thing is true of all cockroaches. If you see one, it’s not alone. Cockroaches are experts at infesting a home without being seen. If you see one, chances are the infestation is large enough that some members are getting pushed out and taking more chances looking for food and water. German roaches are particularly bad and require immediate roach control.
What are German Cockroaches?
Despite the name, German roaches are more likely to have originated in Africa or Asia. They are the fastest reproducing cockroaches, making them one of the nastier infestations you’ll see. A German cockroach can lay up to 50 eggs, and each of these eggs contains a cockroach that will reach maturity in another 50-60 days.
That means that a single pregnant German cockroach can turn into more than 1,200 cockroaches in just two generations. That can become 30,000 in three generations – or in about half a year. This is why German roach control and roach removal are so important!
What to do with German Roaches in My Home
German cockroach removal is essential and should be done professionally. Simply put, German roaches are some of the hardiest animals known to man. If you’ve done your job of cleaning everything up and making sure no water is accessible to them, they’ll still find things to eat that aren’t even food. They’ll resort to glue, soap, toothpaste, and a wide variety of other items you wouldn’t imagine could sustain an infestation.
In fact, before leaving an area, they’ll often resort to cannibalizing each other. They pick the legs and wings off each other as if they just decided that their friends are suddenly rotisserie chickens.
4 Tips to Prevent German Cockroaches
Tip 1: Inspect all used appliances before bringing them home
Unlike other cockroaches, German cockroaches are not suited for outdoor life. They only survive indoors. This means they are usually introduced to homes when owners bring used or previously stored items into the house. The older a used item is, the more likely it is to have German cockroaches in it. Anytime you bring something used into the house, wash and inspect it while outside. If possible, remove all the detachable parts and clean it. It is imperative that you do this before bringing the item into the house. That way, if there are roaches there, they will be left outside, not in your house.
Tip 2: Sanitize everything
Pests love food. Get rid of their food and you will (eventually) get rid of them. The most obvious place to start is the kitchen. Using your favorite sanitizer of choice (bleach or more eco-friendly options) thoroughly sanitize your kitchen, paying special attention to corners, crevices, and the inside of appliances. This is not your typical daily cleaning. Take a whole day to really clean every possible surface. Clean inside the cabinets, behind the fridge, under the sink, etc. It will take some definite elbow grease, but it is worth it.
Tip 3: Eliminate water sources
German cockroaches like water, so do everything you can to get rid of it. Leaky faucets and pipes can be big magnets for roaches. Fix them as soon as possible. Things like wet countertops, wet sinks, wet bathtubs and showers, and wet toothbrushes can also attract them. Every night, make an effort to dry all surfaces, and put stoppers in all drains. If you have pets, sit their water dishes outside or empty them out. Put wet wash towels in the washing machine or sit them outside to dry. It will probably be a hassle taking all these steps in the beginning, but you will get used to it sooner than you think.
Tip 4: Use bug sprays sparingly
Your first thought may be to run to the store and buy as much bug spray as you can carry, but this may not be the best idea. As advertised, bug spray will kill the roaches it lands on, but it probably won’t have much of an effect on those it doesn’t. This is because bug spray has a very strong smell that bugs do not like. Therefore, once it is sprayed, they will simply avoid that area. As a result, they may spread to previously unaffected areas of the home.
What if German Cockroaches Return?
There are many people who have used all these tips and still had German cockroaches. They can be that stubborn. If you don’t want to risk that happening, call a reputable pest control company at 508-756-5197 and allow us to handle the problem for you.
We can help you inspect, find and seal potential access points, as well as show you some minor but effective landscaping tricks that help repel them. Additionally, we can help you identify habits that remove food and water access from the equation.
Contact Ransford Pest Control today for more information on our German cockroach control.