If you’ve ever turned on your kitchen lights only to find a bunch of cockroaches scattering all over the place, then you know just how unsettling the sight can be. But did you know that a cockroach infestation isn't just unsettling? It can also be very dangerous, and given that the most common home-invading cockroach species is the German cockroach, they’re the ones you need to be most prepared for. That means knowing some preventative measures that you can take as well as what your best options are should German cockroaches invade your Houston home.
Identifying German Cockroaches
Like all cockroaches, German cockroaches have flat, oval-shaped bodies, six spine-covered legs, and long antennae. In addition to this, German cockroaches are light brown or tan in color and feature two dark, almost parallel lines on their backs, just behind their heads. Both male and female German cockroaches have wings, however, they rarely fly, they prefer to run.
German cockroaches choose warm and humid areas, preferably close to food or water sources, which is why they can often be found in kitchens or bathrooms. In addition to spotting the roaches themselves, you may also notice pepper-like fecal droppings around your home. Another sign of a German cockroach infestation is the emergence of a musty odor.
Problems Posed By German Cockroaches
German cockroaches are known to pose many problems when they infest homes. One of the most substantial is the spread of harmful bacteria, pathogens, and parasites throughout the house. That is because, while outside, German cockroaches often reside in dirty places like sewers, trash heaps, and around decaying matter. While in these locations, they can pick up many different harmful agents which they then spread throughout the home. Countertops, inside of cupboards, and even food that’s been left out could all be contaminated by German cockroaches. Diseases they have been known to spread include salmonellosis, typhoid, dysentery, E. coli, and cholera among many others. In addition to this, German cockroaches have also been known to trigger allergies and asthma in at-risk people.
Unfortunately, getting rid of German cockroaches is no easy task. They are formidable and adaptable pests that can survive in a variety of environments. Additionally, they can fit through small cracks and holes which means containing an infestation is not easy. Finally, German cockroaches are capable of surviving for long periods without food or water, so even if you eliminate their food sources, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will leave.
German Cockroach Prevention Tips
Because German cockroaches are so hard to get rid of, it is good to know some preventative measures to protect your health and home. These include:
- Storing all food in air-tight containers or the refrigerator
- Taking out the trash regularly
- Storing trash in bins with tight-fitting lids
- Picking up any uneaten pet food immediately
- Fixing any leaky pipes or fixtures in your home
- Using dehumidifiers to keep moisture levels lower around your home
- Filling in any cracks in the foundation of your home
- Installing weatherstripping around windows and exterior doors
- Installing door sweeps under exterior doors
The Most Effective German Cockroach Control Solution
Unfortunately, you can take all the preventative measures in the world and still might have German cockroaches infest your home. If this is the case, contact the professionals here at GreenForce Pest Solutions right away for assistance. Not only will our expert pest technicians effectively eliminate any German cockroach infestation, but we will work with you to better protect your home from future infestations. Don’t put your family at risk by letting these disease-spreading pests run rampant around your Houston home. For peace of mind give us a call right now at GreenForce Pest Solutions!