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How To Control German Cockroaches
If you have wake up in the middle of the night to head to the kitchen, when you turn on the lights you may be startled to see an infestation of cockroaches scurrying on the tile or the counter. These types of roaches are most likely German cockroaches, the most common and widespread cockroach found in the United States. These roaches are a particularly frustrating pest to control because they are persistent and multiply at high speed, breeding at a rate of up to six generations per year.
Despite it’s name, German cockroaches don’t originate from Germany at all and are believed to have originated from Southeast Asia. German cockroaches are easily recognizable from their 2 dark stripes that run along behind their head and down their back. Adult German cockroaches are light to medium brown and range in size from about ½ and inch to ⅝ inch long. The young German roaches (nymphs) are smaller than adults and are wingless. They have a light stripe on their backs and are usually nearly black in color.
German cockroaches are actively mostly at night and like to hide out in warm, humid places while in close proximity to food and moisture. Roaches found during the day may indicate a very heavy infestation that should definitely be concerning. German cockroaches will eat just about anything but their main diet consists of food that humans leave behind or don’t properly clean up and dispose of.
If you have German cockroaches infesting your home, you need to act quickly or else their population will get out of control. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have the best professional-grade roach control designed to specifically target German cockroaches and we will explain to you how to eliminate them the easy way.
How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches: 3 Step Solution
German cockroaches can drive you to your wits end when it comes to control because they are not only a persistent pest but they are highly adaptable. A bait or spray that you use may work for a little while but then they will develop a tolerance for it and can resist the poison to the point where its completely ineffective. Not to worry, there are ways to tackle these stubborn pests and we have outlined a simple guide below for you to follow:
Step one: A thorough and detailed sanitation is the most important step if you hope to eliminate outbreaks of German cockroaches in your home. You can have the best control products and sprays out on the market but they will be rendered useless if this step is done haphazardly. German cockroaches need 3 things to survive in your home-food, water, and shelter. The way to eliminate these from the home requires rolling up your sleeves and getting to cleaning. Clean your home, especially the kitchen thoroughly to make sure no crumbs, grease or oils are left behind. Regularly take out trash and vacuum. Removing water sources by keeping areas dry and fixing leaks in plumbing etc. Seal off holes, cracks and crevices with caulking to take away areas of harborage for roaches.
Step two: Once the home is sanitized you can then carry out control measures. We suggest a multi-pronged approach as opposed to one using one method of control. A combination of baits, sprays and dusts should be used so if roaches are resistant to one method, they may be more responsive to another method. Sprays should be used to create barriers and to get into hard to reach areas where roaches like to hide. Baits are also effective in that they contain attractants roaches enjoy and will take back to their harborage area and share amongst one another, ideally creating a domino effect that will kill off the whole population.
Step Three: Once the roach population has been depleted, you should work to discourage German cockroaches from returning through preventative measures. Regularly inspect your home for roach activity and maintain a regular cleaning routine, daily, weekly and monthly to make sure the place is properly sanitized and unwelcoming to roaches. Spray the exterior perimeter of the house with an insecticide and make sure to inspect anything before bringing it into your home for roaches.
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