The German Cockroach stays small as an adult, ½ inch - 5/8 of an inch generally. It tries to spend its entire day resting and hiding in very small cracks, crevices, and hollow voids. At night when human activity has ceased, the German Cockroaches come creeping out of their hiding places and proceed to go about their icky little lives. While it scurries around your home looking for food, water, or another cockroach to mate with, it is also spreading disease causing bacteria, viruses, and other nasty organisms.
Food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea are the principal diseases carried by German cockroaches. The disease causing organisms are carried on the legs and bodies of cockroaches which are dropped on food and utensils as the cockroaches search for food. Cockroach excrement and shed skins can cause skin rashes, watery eyes and sneezing, congestion, and asthma.
German Roaches on Kitchen Counter
German Roaches have excellent sensory systems so they can detect anything else prowling around near them, triggering them to quickly scurry into a tiny crevice to hide. So if you ever tried to squash a roach and missed, now you have something to blame it on besides limited hand-eye coordination.
German Roaches prefer to hide as close to their food as possible, but they are willing to walk long distances too. They can be in any room, inside the walls, inside elecronics (like TVs, computers and phones), inside closets, behind picture frames, in cabinets, and well, the list of possiblities is endless. They can reproduce at incredible rates and overwhelm us with sheer numbers.
They are worldwide in their distribution and travel quite comfortably with humans, by baggage, box, railcar or even cablebox. So as you travel back from Aunt Ethel’s place this holiday, be sure to check your luggage carefully for any signs that you may have carried back more than just your toothbrush.
Now how do we rid our selfs of the nasty little buggers? Get professional help. If the roaches have taken over, and tried to carry off the refridgerator, it’s time to get an experienced pest control technician in there to do battle with you.
Any good knight knows, the king (that’s you) must support his champion. SANITATION is critical to eliminate a German Roach colony. It doesn't take much to feed a cockroach, so every little bit of spilled food or greasy buildup that is cleaned up makes it that much harder for roaches to make a living. The fewer choices a roach has for food the more likely it is to encounter pesticides or roach baits. Also, as real food disappears, a roach may eat their own leavings, getting more nutirents out of it the second time around. Thus the reason you must clean - the bigger the colony, the deeper you need to clean everywhere and everything. Cabinets, floors, behind the stove and fridge all need to be super scrubbed for the greatest effect.
Sadly you can catch these critters almost as easily as you can catch a cold. German Roaches are an introduced pest so they can hitch a ride in Aunt Ethel’s Christmas present, a borrowed vaccum cleaner, or even a box of decorations brought out of storage. It is not as easy to elimante them. As their heritage implies, the German Roach is one tough bug, but you in partnership with a pest control company is even harder to beat.