Cockroaches have been known to startle most. Being nocturnal, the often emerge from their dark corners when the lights are shut off at night, and at the flicker of the switch, they will dart off to their versions of sanctuary. Producing a yelp out of most, these nasty critters are noted for people not wanting them in their home or business. Across the world, there are over 4,500 species of cockroaches, and only 30 of which are considered pests. In Texas, there are many common cockroaches including the German cockroach, American cockroach, Brown-banded cockroach and Oriental cockroach. Today, we at A-Tex Pest Management would like touch briefly on the basics of German cockroaches.
German Cockroach Identification
In the United States, the most common cockroach is the German cockroach and they are found nearly anywhere in the U.S. Like most cockroaches, German roaches have six legs that extend out of their oval bodies, along with antennae. These cockroaches generally grow ½” to 5/8” in length and despite having wings, they do not fly. The most distinct feature is two almost parallel stripe marks that start at the back of their head and run down the length of their backs against their tan to light brown bodies.
What Causes German Roaches in a Clean House?
There are a number of ways that German cockroaches enter buildings, either by accident or in search of food and water. They only require 3/8” wide gap to slip through and they do so in the cracks of the foundation, around doors and windows, ventilation, sewer lines, utility access, and other similar means. In addition to letting themselves in, German cockroaches will inadvertently stow away in boxes, grocery bags, drink cartons, second hand appliances among other such items. When these cockroaches encroach, they infest quickly as they quickly multiply being that a single female can have six generations within one year.
What Do German Cockroaches Love to Eat?
Decaying matter, toothpaste, glue, soaps, garbage, and human scraps and other foods are all included in the diet of a German cockroach, being that they are omnivorous, they will consume nearly anything. As mentioned earlier, German cockroaches are nocturnal, and during the day they look for dark, humid and warm climates. Considering their preferred habitat kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas are the most common areas found in the house.
Can You Get Sick from German Cockroaches?
German cockroaches are more than an annoyance; they are responsible for minor damage they cause looking for food and nesting materials as well as the food they contaminate. The primary concern, however, is the potential health risks. Especially in children, these cockroaches agitate allergies, asthma attacks, and other respiratory issues. Not only can they promote these respiratory problems, but diseases and ailments as well. Being linked to species of parasitic worms, seven human pathogens, and at least 33 different strands of bacteria according to medical experts, cockroaches can be fairly hazardous to your health. As they roam through sewerage, decaying matter, garbage heaps, and other unhealthy environments, German roaches pickup the contagions on the spines on their legs and bodies where they later spread contaminates to other surfaces they traverse, particularly where food is prepared.
Cockroach Pest Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas
The warmer their living space, unfortunately AKA homes and businesses; the more active they are. To minimize German cockroach infestations, ensure the home is appropriately sealed with caulk, weather stripping, and mesh coverings accordingly. Store food and pet food in secure sealable containers, repair any leaks as they occur and keep the trash can lids on tightly. Finally, retain the professional assistance of A-Tex Pest Management in the event you have a German cockroach infestation and to help in the efforts of keeping them out.