Did you know that 60% of the homes that call pest control companies are infested with German cockroaches? It’s true. These scavengers are the most pervasive of all roaches in most of the world, as they breed continuously and have one of the shortest reproduction cycles of all cockroaches. Blatella germanica is the scientific name for German cockroaches, which can range from tan to dark brown in color and have two corresponding lines running from head to wing. Females have a wider, rounder abdomen while males are quite slender and both sexes reach a length of 1/2” at full maturity. Both sexes of this roach, also have the ability to fly, but rarely do. Common dwelling places are areas that get very warm and humid such as bathrooms and kitchens, especially around food preparation areas, dishwashers, sinks and stoves. Tight crevices like cabinet hinges and corners, baseboards, electronics devices and wall-ceiling joints are roaches preferred hiding places.
German Cockroach Facts
• A female German Roach only needs to breed once in order to produce eggs for her lifetime. She will produce 30-48 eggs in one capsule and which will hatch around 28 days later. In her lifetime she could produce upwards of 400 eggs.
• The offspring will mature in 40-125 days and continue the roaches cycle, allowing for one female and her offspring to produce 100 million more roaches in just one year. This is the main reason why infestations happen so quickly.
• The offspring hatch as wingless, brownish-black Nymphs. They go through a series of molts before reaching the adult stage.
Dangers of German Cockroaches
Cockroaches have been proven to have negative psychological, medical, and economical affects on the humans with whom they reside. German Roaches can cause all major forms of gastroenteritis including food poisoning, dysentery, and severe diarrhea. It comes as no surprise that roaches commune in locations prone to disease. The bodies and legs of a roach are the perfect vehicle for carrying such diseases to human’s food and food preparation areas as well as bathrooms, around toothbrushes and washing cloths. German Roaches also put humans at risk for Salmonella, Shigella, E. Coli, pneumonia, hookworms, pin worms, tapeworms and the virus polio. Most people don’t know that roaches cause an allergen to be released into the air that triggers allergies and asthma attacks because of the odoriferous fecal matter and skins that they shed.
The diseases and viruses above are not only transmitted through contact with food stores, and toothbrushes, etc., but also through actual bites from cockroaches. While eating food remnants on a sleeping human’s face, roaches have been known accidentally to bite humans. This is most common occurrence for children.
Lastly, the stigma that comes along with having roaches can have a significant affect on human behavior psychologically and economically. This means entertaining less, or not entering the kitchen at night for fear of encountering a roach. The constant thought of how to store and even eat foods in such a way that the pests can’t enter and contaminate is a common worry for those with infested homes. Spending money on store bough chemicals that actually increase the roach’s tolerance and may even aid in reproduction of the roaches is also a common practice.
Solution to German Cockroaches
So what is the best solution for getting rid of German Roaches? The best solution is to call an experienced professional for advice on how to get rid of roaches or for pest control service. Store bough chemicals could build the roaches tolerance and even aid their reproduction which could make the problem more difficult to take care of a roach infestation. Incorrect application of chemicals can also prove dangerous to those living in the infested area. The German cockroach is known for being highly adaptable and avoiding roach control baits. Cleaning, though aesthetically pleasing, makes little difference as well because there would be numerous places to hide and reproduce even if there was no clutter.
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