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German Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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What are German cockroaches?

In the United States, German cockroaches are not only the smallest species that find their way into our homes but the most common. German cockroaches have tan or brownish bodies with two dark lines on their backs.

As a whole, cockroaches are adaptable, and German cockroaches have adapted to living indoors with people. Their small size and nocturnal nature allow them to move freely and without notice throughout our homes.

Are German cockroaches dangerous?

It is without question that German cockroaches are dangerous pests to find in our homes. German cockroaches are in our homes because they provide them with easy access to food. Any food not properly stored in the fridge or hard-sided containers in the pantry is at risk of being contaminated by German cockroaches. The amount of food they contaminate is usually much greater than they can eat.

A bigger problem than food waste is the health risks cockroaches cause; they are well-known for spreading salmonella, E. coli, and other dangerous and disease-causing bacteria and pathogens over surfaces in our homes. Furthermore, cockroach feces and shed skins put a lot of allergens into the air, causing breathing problems, asthma, skin rashes, and other allergic reactions.

Why do I have a German cockroach problem?

Since German cockroaches are primarily inside, they don’t usually move into homes from the outside like many other household pests. Their main mode of transportation is hitchhiking in electronics, appliances, and furniture moved from place to place. Delivery boxes, grocery bags, and like items also regularly transport German cockroaches.

Once German cockroaches are introduced into a home, they can take over quickly. A single female is capable of producing 30,000 offspring.

Where will I find German cockroaches?

Anywhere German cockroaches have easy access to food, moisture, and warmth is where they can thrive.

German cockroaches develop large populations in any structure where food is prepared or stored. Examples of structures that regularly become home to cockroaches include single-family homes, apartment buildings, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and dormitories.

When German cockroaches are in our homes, they squeeze their small bodies in dark, out-of-the-way areas. They like tight spots because they provide them with warmth, and being thigmotropic, they like feeling something solid on either side of their body.

German cockroaches regularly gather in the back of drawers and cabinets, behind appliances, cracks in walls, and spaces behind wood trim.

How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

Don’t try to rid your home of a German cockroach infestation on your own. In order to be successful, every roach needs to be found and treated, something best done by an experienced professional. Partnering with a pest professional in New Braunfels is the fastest way to get rid of German cockroaches from your home and put in place the measures necessary to keep them out in the future!

Trust Gold Star Exterminators with your Texas property’s pest control needs. Since 1979 our customers have been trusting us to solve their pest control problems. We always have and always will deliver prompt home pest control services that are reasonably priced. Our professionals take ownership and pride in their work to always provide top-notch services to our customers. To learn more about our cockroach control options for your New Braunfels property, please reach out to us today!

How can I prevent German cockroaches in the future?

Take advantage of the following tips to help stop German cockroaches from taking over your Texas home:

  • Reduce the excess heat and humidity in your house that allows German cockroaches to thrive. Repair leaky pipes, ensure rooms have the proper ventilation and use dehumidifiers and air conditioners. 
  • Make sure trash cans in your home have lids and regularly remove trash from your house. 
  • Wash dirty dishes each day.
  • Vacuum and wipe down surfaces in your home regularly to remove crumbs that German cockroaches love to eat.
  • Reduce areas of clutter in storage areas like closets, cabinets, and drawers.