German cockroaches are light brown in color and smallish in size, measuring about ½ – ¾ inch in length. German cockroaches are well-adapted to living with humans and depend on humans for food and water sources. German cockroaches are most commonly found in residential locations such as homes and apartments as well as commercial establishments such as restaurants. This nocturnal insect prefers the warmth and moist locations of kitchens and bathrooms and is usually found near appliances such as stoves, behind refrigerators, microwaves and kitchen cabinets. German cockroaches feed on most anything, including meats, sweets and grease.
German Cockroach Health Threats & Concerns
Cockroaches can carry up to 33 different types of bacteria as well as parasitic worms and human pathogens. In addition to these concerns, cockroach fecal material, egg casings and the skin casing that is shed when a cockroach molts can cause allergies in adults and children, including asthma. These skin and egg casings and droppings can accumulate in wall voids and hidden locations where cockroaches congregate and hide.
German Cockroach Infestation
German cockroaches are prolific breeders. Female German cockroaches can produce an ootheca (egg case) once a month with as many as 40 eggs inside. An adult female cockroach can produce up to eight (8) ootheca in its lifetime. This means that just one adult female German cockroach can produce 320 offspring within an 8 month timeframe! The female German cockroach is the only roach that carries the ootheca on its back until it is time to hatch. This ensures that the egg casing does not get damage or destroyed and contributes to the success of the species.
German cockroaches are small and are easily transported into a residence through a variety of means, including cardboard boxes, grocery bags and secondhand appliances. Due to the rapid breeding of German cockroaches, it isn’t any surprise that a German cockroach problem can turn into an infestation quickly. The small size of German cockroaches enables them to hide in tiny spaces, including wall voids.
What Can You Do to Get Rid of German Cockroaches?
Vacuum often and dispose of garbage promptly
Maintain a clean kitchen with food preparation areas free of crumbs, grease and food debris
Keep areas under kitchen appliances clean, including refrigerators and stoves
Dispose of cardboard boxes and packaging from warehouses or grocery stores
Inspect secondhand appliances brought into your home
Contact your pest professionals at Wheeler's Pest Control as soon as you are aware of an impending roach control situation. The sooner you address the cockroach problem, the quicker and more effectively the German cockroaches can be controlled
Scheduling a German Cockroach Treatment Service
Contact your cockroach service experts at Wheeler's Pest Control for a German cockroach treatment quote. Most quotes for residential cockroach services can be provided over the phone without any obligation. Catching a German cockroach infestation early will ensure that the cockroach problem is taken care of quickly and efficiently by your cockroach experts at Wheeler's Pest Control.
Preparing for a German Cockroach Control Service
A successful cockroach control service depends on the cooperation of our customers. Adequate preparation before a cockroach service will ensure that your service technician will have access to essential treatment areas.
German Cockroach Preparation Checklist