GERMAN COCKROACH QUICK ID:
Color: Light brown to tan, with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads
Size: ½”-5/8” long
Region: Found throughout the United States
The German cockroach is the most common species of the cockroach. German cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six generations per year. The German cockroach can fit through an opening as small as 3/8 inch in width.
German cockroaches will feed on almost anything, including soap, glue and toothpaste. German cockroaches are good hitchhikers and often find their way into new structures via grocery bags, cardboard boxes, drink cartons and secondhand appliances.
German cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places close to food and moisture sources. They are frequently found in residential and commercial kitchen environments, and bathrooms.
Why they are a problem:
- They can be found throughout structures but show a preference for warm and humid places.
- They are usually found in kitchens and secondarily in bathrooms, but infestations often occur in rooms where people eat and drink.
- They prefer to live in cracks and crevices near food sources and spend 75% of their time in such harborages, hence their affinity for residential and commercial kitchen environments.
- Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens.
- They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces.
- Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage are pro- tected while in their bodies and may remain infective for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight and air.
- Medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause lots of al- lergic reactions, especially in children. They were even shown to cause asthma in children. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies of roaches.
Finding the SOLUTION:
- GOOD SANITATION: Keep your home free of unprotected food particles
- HABITAT REDUCTION: Keep food areas clean and dry; clean food stor- age areas
- SOME SEALING OF CRACKS CAN USUALLY REDUCE OR ELIMI- NATE A COCKROACH PROBLEM.
- VACUUMING: It helps a lot!
- REDUCTION OF MOISTURE SOURCES, SUCH AS LEAKING PIPES: Keep under your sink dry
- CALL A PROFESSIONAL: Don’t take chances with cockroaches...they are a health hazard.