German Cockroaches: The No. 1 Household Pest

The German Cockroach happens to be the most prevalent household pest throughout the United States. They have been able to evolve and survive through anything. They live indoors and live very close to people and prefer to live in kitchens and bathrooms of homes, offices, apartments, supermarkets, hospitals and restaurants.

Biology & Behavior:

The nymphs and adults of both sexes have two dark stripes behind their head. The abdomen of a female is rounded, and the males have a cigar shaped abdomen. The German Cockroach often gets confused with the Asian Cockroach but the Asian Cockroach lives outdoors in leaf litter and lawns. The German Cockroach are a bit more reddish in color and cannot fly while the Asian Cockroach is grayish in color and are able to fly.

The life cycle of a German Cockroach is approximately one hundred and three days (103) days. Female German Cockroaches have anywhere between 30 to 40 eggs per ootheca. Development from egg to adult is approximately three (3) to four (4) months in a typical infestation.

Cockroaches are thigmotropic which means that they like feeling something solid in contact with their bodies and they prefer to hide in very tight areas that offer them the comfort of a tight fit like in cracks and crevices. They use their antennas outside of the crack or crevice to detect any movement in front of them and their cerci (sensory organs located on the back of their abdomen) to detect danger from behind. They like to stay in groups and they also give off a pheromone that lets the other cockroaches know when they have located a good location that has food, water and harborage. They also prefer warm and humid environments and can often be found in everyday household kitchen appliances such as microwaves, toasters, and coffee makers.

Cockroach Diet:

Cockroaches feed on a variety of things such as animal and human waste, spoiled food, drinks, trash, fabrics, calluses of hands and feet, eyelashes, eyebrows of people and animals, and human skin which can cause skin lesions. When a severe infestation is present there is an odor present, stained fecal matter, smear marks from their body oils, egg cases (ootheca) and shed skin.

Cockroach Disease & Viruses

German Cockroaches can transmit diseases & viruses to humans. People in general react badly to the sight of a cockroach let alone an infestation. They can cause serious respiratory issues such as allergies & asthma caused by a protein that they excrete called Bla 1 it is this protein, in addition to the saliva, shed skins and feces that bring about an allergic reaction to some people.

When any of these things are inhaled, they trigger an allergic reaction resulting in sneezing, coughing and wheezing.

Cockroaches have great mobility and are able to move around easily through cracks, crevices, sewers, garbage, pipes and drains. Examples of some of the diseases & viruses linked back to cockroaches because of their ability to move around so easily and contaminate surfaces and food are food poisoning bacteria salmonella, E. coli, listeria, aspergillus and hepatitis.

How to Manage Cockroaches & Prevent An Infestation:

It is very important to implement a Pest Management Program that involves various strategies that will work together in order to effectively eliminate an infestation for both indoors and outdoors. This strategy not only involves the expertise of a Certified Pest Control Operator, it also involves and hinges on the Customer’s Cooperation and Willingness to follow the recommendations in order to achieve the best result in eliminating the infestation.

Cockroaches are oftentimes brought in unknowingly through infested storage containers, boxes, pallets, fabrics, furniture, bedding, clothing, vehicles, purses, and wallets.

Sanitation and Control are really important in managing and preventing an infestation. In order to survive and thrive Cockroaches need food, water and harborage and once these resources are removed and eliminated the German Cockroach population will begin to dwindle and be controlled.

Things You Can Do To Get Rid of Cockroaches:

  1. Make sure to wash pots, pans, and dishes after meals.
  2. Clean crumbs and spills immediately.
  3. Take out the garbage and place the garbage in a tightly sealed container.
  4. Remove grease from the stove top and stove vent.
  5. Seal food in containers.
  6. Vacuum (Use a HEPA filter), Sweep and Mop on a regular basis.
  7. Seal all cracks and crevices (ex: windows, doors, attic and space vents).
  8. Address any plumbing issues or water leaks.
  9. Remove all pet food and store in a tightly sealed container.
  10. Dispose of boxes, and old newspapers.
  11. Clean out your gutters.
  12. Dispose of clutter and leaf litter outside.

Chemical Control Methods:

Other control methods used in the elimination and control process of German Cockroaches is through the use of chemical control that include the use of insecticidal dusts, residual sprays, baits, powders, and contact sprays.

The removal of German Cockroaches from the home or office not only involves just treating the infestation, it also involves physically removing them by flushing them out and by vacuuming them out. Do not vacuum without a HEPA filter as vacuuming without one will only blow the cockroach debris everywhere and into the air and trigger an allergic reaction.

Flushing is done with chemicals or pressurized air to move cockroaches out from their harborage, when this method is used the cockroaches can be removed with the vacuum. The flushing agents used contain pyrethrin and are very effective in getting the cockroaches to leave their harborage. This technique prevents insecticide resistance.

Constantly using the same control method time and time again will eventually lead to resistance and difficulty in removing the infestation.

Trapline Pest Solutions offers a variety of treatment options to help solve your German Cockroach problem.

What We Will Do:

We realize that not every cockroach infestation can be handled and treated the same way that’s why we at Trapline Pest Solution’s take on a more aggressive approach in order to provide you with optimal results at a price that you can afford.

  • We will perform a thorough inspection of your home or office.
  • Determine points of entry and contributing factors that lead to the infestation.
  • Identify the target pest causing the infestation.
  • Provide a customized treatment program aimed at the target pest identified.

We offer services in Orlando, Winter Park, Baldwin Park, College Park, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Ocoee, Windermere and surrounding areas.

If your looking for effective results, give Trapline Pest Solutions a call at (407) 970-5645!

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