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How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches

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There is nothing more horrifying and traumatizing then finding your home infested with German Cockroaches! These little insects crawl straight out of hell to torture homeowners. Not only are these cockroaches extremely disgusting to look at, but they are also a serious health hazard. These little cockroaches carry thousands of germs and bacteria which they spread.

German cockroaches are what nightmares are made off as they can actually fly! Yes you read that right, these little cockroaches have wings and can fly. But they do prefer to stay grounded. Although these cockroaches can survive a nuclear bomb, you can still get rid of them using standard insect repellents, roach bait, birth control  and the right attitude.

To help everyone get rid of cockroaches once and for all, we have articulated a list of traps designed to rid your homes from German Cockroaches.

You can’t defeat your them until you know who they are! Here’s a little information about your little enemies.

About German Cockroaches

German Cockroaches are one of the most commonly found cockroach species in homes and are typically approximately 1.1 to 1.6cm in length. They come in a variety of different colors including black and brown, but all of them have the same parallel streaks on the pronotum of the insect.

These parallel lines start from their heads and runs till the base of the wings. These lines are actually used to identify this species.

To make matters worse, German Cockroaches can actually fly when disturbed. However they cannot propel themselves for long distances and mostly glide if they are disturbed.

German Cockroaches normally dwell in buildings and normally avoid the outdoors as they have trouble protecting themselves from larger insects. During cold climates, these cockroaches look for warmth as the cold weather could kill them.

Different methods to help get rid of German Cockroaches - for good!

Given below are different methods designed to help every homeowner get rid of German cockroaches once and for all!

  1. Diatomaceous Earth

Killing roaches is not an easy task as they tend to and they can over excessive baiting develop immunity for different insecticides, but fortunately diatomaceous earth is like kryptonite for German Cockroaches. This is a natural substance that is derived from different deposits of diatom fossils and is considered to be one of the most effective ways to kill German Cockroaches.   This product does work very slowly and requires that it is applied in the areas that the roaches are located.

Cockroaches aren’t very smart and cannot recognize this substance and end up eating it and die of dehydration. So if you want to really kill these cockroaches with a vengeance then simply sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your home, rest assured pets and children are safe around this substance. This is one natural option to try and control cockroaches in and around your home.

  1. Botanical Insecticides

If you really want to avenge your homes properly then you should use botanical insecticides to kill roaches with aggression. These insecticides are derived from plants and have fewer chances of inducing side effects which are related to normal insecticides; however some products in the market might be toxic so please choose your insecticides wisely.

There are many different products out there that have been specifically designed for German Cockroaches. There are natural pyrethrin aerosols that can be sprayed in the cracks and crevices of the kitchen and bathrooms.  Unfortunately, they will leave very little residual if at all, but works as a great flushing agent to really take down a population of roaches quickly.

  1. Gel Baits

Now we are getting creative in killing roaches as gel baits actually lure cockroaches out of their hiding places to consume the gel which guarantees instant death. There are many products in the market that you can choose from; we would recommend using a renowned product as these gels are quite powerful.  Simply apply the gel in areas where you have noticed the highest concentration of cockroaches such as kitchen crevices and cracks all around your home. However, this gel is can be dangerous for pets and children so please make sure you apply the gel to surfaces which are out of reach or use a bait station.

  1. Sticky Traps

Sticky traps are readily available in the market today and are doused in scents which attract cockroaches from all around your house! Simply purchase this trap from any local pesticide store and place it next to infested areas. You will have to leave the trap unattended for at least for one night and when you check the trap in the morning you will find a horde of cockroaches stuck to the surface. You can simply ditch the trap and buy another one.  There are phermone traps, that will attract them and you can use them as a control method or monitoring method in conjunction with other methods to get rid of roaches in your home.

  1. Boric Acid

Boric acid is another pesticide product readily available in the market today; it is available in pesticide and hardware stores. Simply use a disposable spoon to carry boric acid and spill the acid in different areas of your home. Please do not use this acid on kitchen countertops or other areas of the kitchen where food is prepared. We would recommend dousing your plumbing fixtures with boric acid as these fixtures are entry points for German Cockroaches and other insects.

Preventing a German Cockroach infestation

Prevention is the best cure for anything, especially when it comes to German Cockroaches.  In order to prevent this horrible infestation happening in the first place, simply remove indoor trash or make sure they are emptied on a regular basis. Further make sure that you never have any food lying around and all kitchen appliances should periodically cleaned.

You should also constantly vacuum any food particles or crumbs left and make sure that each drainage is installed properly to reduce entry points for German Cockroaches.  Checkout our guaranteed roach control kits at Solutions Pest and Lawn.

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