The German cockroaches are coming!

Well, they are already here. It is becoming very clear that there is a dramatic increase in German cockroaches. More and more businesses and homes are finding these pests lurking inside and outside. German cockroaches are more than a pest – they are a health threat to your living environment.

German Cockroaches are the most common species of cockroaches and can be found all over the world. They can be found in cracks and crevices near food and water sources in commercial or residential buildings like warehouses, restaurants, apartments and homes. Kitchen and bathrooms are their favorite rooms to hang out in but will hitch a ride any way they can.

Since they are nocturnal, they like to hide in dark damp places:

  • Drains and sinks
  • Cabinets and cupboards
  • Refrigerators – especially old appliances where food particles may be present

They can be found in air ducts, plumbing and sewer systems and are brought in by infested items or hatched from eggs. They can breed up to six times a year and will feed on almost anything:

  • Leather
  • Hair
  • Food
  • Toothpaste
  • Feces

Why you want to rid your home of German cockroaches

German cockroaches are notorious in spreading severe illnesses. They can spread at least 33 different types of bacteria, six types of parasite worms and at least seven types of human pathogens – especially Salmonella and E.coli. German cockroaches also cause allergic reactions in individuals who have an allergic sensitivity or asthma.

German cockroaches are covered with hairs and spines which pick up and trap germs and microscopic bacteria. When they hide, live and travel through sewers, pipes and walls, they spread diseases. When they emerge at night and crawl through your home, cabinets and kitchen, they contaminate your surfaces, furnishings and food.

Why are German cockroaches hard to get rid of?

A recent study found that the German cockroach has become resistant to the usual sweet bait traps. Usually cockroaches can’t resist sugar baits, but these evolved groups of cockroaches actually get repulsed by sweets. This makes trapping them difficult. It also explains the influx in German cockroach populations and why they are able to continue to reproduce.

How you can reduce the chances of attracting German cockroaches

There are several preventative steps you can do to minimize the chances of attracting these disease spreaders:

  • Vacuum your home frequently and don’t allow your trash to pile up
  • Keep your bathroom and especially your kitchen counters clean and free of food debris
  • Keep floors clean and free of food and crumbs
  • Try to get into the habit of cleaning under appliances and under sink cabinets – German cockroaches LOVE moisture, so eliminate any moist environments
  • The best way to prevent a German cockroach infestation is to call a professional exterminator

We are seeing an increase in calls for German cockroach infestations. We have been very successful in eliminating German cockroaches from many businesses and homes. If you think you may have an infestation or want to make sure your home is free of German cockroaches, call or text us at 480-593-7034 or send an email to set up an appointment DESERTCASTLEPC@GMAIL.COM