We all work tirelessly to ensure our homes are clean and bug free. No one wants to come home and find a German cockroach walking around in their kitchen, but let’s face it, occasionally we see one that seemingly crept in and set up camp somewhere they don’t belong! A-Tex Pest Management considers why German cockroaches are so hard to get rid of below.
What is the Difference Between a German Cockroach & a “Regular” Cockroach?
Also known by the formal name Blattella Germanica, these bugs are the most widespread roach species found in the U.S. but are also known to be found worldwide. They grow anywhere from ½ inch in size to about 5/8 inch and range in color from tan to almost black. They have two parallel lines that run from the base of their head to their wings. Thankfully though, German cockroaches can barely fly. Not many people want to get close enough to look for identifiers but an easy way to tell if you’ve in fact got a German Roach on your hands is to turn on a light. They hate light and will run for the hills! German cockroaches prefer dark, warm, humid places making your kitchen and bathrooms the perfect place for them to thrive. The typical lifespan for this species is 100 days. Females carry around 50 eggs at a time in a protected sac called a ootheca and can produce up to 2000 offspring in her lifetime. That’s a lot of roaches!
How Many Diseases Do German Roaches Carry?
German Roaches carry an array of diseases including, Cholera, Dysentery, E-Coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis, Gastroenteritis, Leprosy, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Tuberculosis, and Typhoid Fever! The list doesn’t end there! Many people develop allergies to these roaches because of the saliva, feces, and molted body parts they leave behind that get kicked up as we move around. These parts they so graciously leave behind contain a protein called Tropomyosin which can cause us to have an allergic reaction or can trigger asthma symptoms. Needless to say, this is not a guest you want in your home around your family!
How Quickly Do Cockroaches Multiply?
Unfortunately, by the time you find one of these pests, you end up finding another, then another, then another because of how fast they reproduce. It can get out of hand rather quickly and before you know if you have an infestation on your hands. That’s why its best to call in a professional as early as possible after sighting one, so they can assess the situation and get a handle on it before it’s too late. A professional knows just where to look, and how to get rid of them in a way that is safe for our pets and families in the process, while saving us our precious time and sanity!
Cockroach Pest Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, the problem is just bigger than what we can fix alone. When you think you’ve killed the last one, another pops up. German roaches can live 12 days without food, and will turn to things such as paper, or toothpaste to survive. They are resilient and always find new ways to make it past our barriers and into our homes because we offer all they need to survive. A-Tex Pest Management is dedicated to taking care of the dirty work so you don’t have to! Call us for a pest inspection today!