What are German cockroaches?

Also known as waterbugs, German cockroaches are one of the most common species of cockroach found in the United States. These roaches grow to 1/2 to 5/8 inches in length. A German cockroach is tan to light brown in color with dark parallel lines running from the back of its head to its wings. Despite the fact that German cockroaches have wings, they are flightless. However, they are still adept climbers and can get onto tables, onto counters, and into pantries by climbing on walls and ceilings.

 

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Are German cockroaches dangerous?

German cockroaches can cause numerous health problems for humans that share living spaces with them. Their feces and saliva trigger asthma attacks in some people, and they can also carry salmonella and E. Coli.

These factors put them at risk of contaminating your food, food prep area, and utensils. The pathogens they carry can cause severe vomiting as well as diarrhea in humans.

Why do I have a German cockroach problem?

German cockroaches prefer warm, humid areas in close proximity to food and water. For this reason, they are most often found inside kitchens, pantries, and bathrooms in both residential and commercial environments.

German cockroaches can either enter your home while foraging for food or accidentally carried into your house while inside boxes, bags, and luggage. Once they are in your home, these roaches will look for a warm, dark, moist environment to hide.

Inside residential homes, German roaches are often found in basements, crawlspaces, kitchens, and bathrooms. They prefer moist areas with lots of cracks, crevices, and other hiding spots that they can retreat to when potential dangers such as humans or pets are in the area.

How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

Like other species of cockroaches, German cockroaches are a difficult pest to treat for the average home or business owner for a number of reasons. They are small, allowing them to get into the hard-to-reach areas of properties they infest, and they breed quickly, making it difficult to completely eliminate the entire infestation.

German cockroaches are also nocturnal, making it difficult to track down the source of the infestation. For these reasons, the best solution to a roach infestation is always to call a professional pest control service for help. Pestmaster® Services has decades of experience keeping homes across America cockroach-free. If you’re looking for a professional solution to your cockroach problem, contact us today for more information about how we can help.