German Cockroach

German Cockroach

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Average 1.1 to 1.6 cm long

Tan fading to almost black

Flat and oval body

All adult German Cockroaches have wings but prefer to run rather than fly. They have two dark streaks running parallel on their back.

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German cockroaches, should I be concerned?

Potential health concerns

German cockroaches can spread bacteria like E. coli and salmonella contaminating food, utensils, dishes, and food preparation areas causing food poisoning, allergies (rashes, asthma attacks,) and can even cause asthma in children. They reproduce rapidly which will cause a quick and serious infestation which then can be hard to get rid of.

What happens if left ignored?
If you have kids, they can cause asthma in children and elicit allergies in adults. German cockroaches can breed rapidly so you can have what seems like an uncontrollable infestation in no time. They leave a musty odor when a large enough population is present. A German cockroach infestation can happen rapidly. They lay an average of 35 eggs at a time which mature at two months.  German cockroaches can breed 6 generations per year.

Habitat
Roaches are sensitive to cold climates, so they prefer warm humid climates inside homes and businesses. They are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms but will move to other moist areas where food is present. They like to harborage in items like furniture, garbage containers, kitchen cabinets & underneath the sink.

Behaviour
The female German cockroach carries her egg case containing 35 eggs until one to two days before hatching. Just before hatching the egg case will fall off.

The average development time from an egg to a mature cockroach can take roughly 100 days. An adult German Cockroaches lifespan is roughly 200 days. A female will lay 4 to 6 egg cases in her lifespan.

They are hardy and fast with few natural predators inside which gives them the opportunity to breed and create large infestations.

Diet
German Cockroaches eat a large variety of food and other items. They have a preferred diet of meats, starches, sugars, and fatty food. However, they are not picky eaters, and they will eat soap, glue, and toothpaste. If there is a food shortage and they are hungry, they will eat each other’s wings and legs. They only need a small amount of food to sustain themselves.

Key tips for prevention
Practice good sanitation like cleaning-up crumbs, wipe up all spills, vacuum out cupboards, and do not let dirty dishes pile-up.

Seal all openings in kitchens, bathrooms, around pipes, and crawl spaces. Fix all leaking pipes, faucets and air out moist areas. 

Inspect all items being brought into your home or business for possible hitchhikers.

Caution for self-treatment
German cockroaches were built for survival. Improper treatment can cause them to spread to joining units or other parts of your home or business. Unless you are a trained technician you may not be able to tell how bad the infestation is causing early termination of the treatment program. Many store-bought insecticides have repellents in them causing cockroaches to avoid treated areas.  

Hire a pest control specialist
A German Cockroach infestation poses many health risks. Because of their ability to quickly reproduce their numbers can quickly get out of control. The best thing to do is hire a professional pest control company to solve your cockroach problem

Many do it yourself remedies will do little to tackle the roach population and can lead to recurrent infestations in your space. Depend on a reputable pest service and get rid of your German roach infestation. Call Integral Pest Services for expert advice and guaranteed results.

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