Frequently Asked Questions About German Cockroaches

What are German cockroaches?

german cockroach on wet plateGerman cockroaches are one of the most common types of cockroaches encountered around our area. This species is on the smaller side, typically ranging from 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch in size, and they have a tan to light brown coloration with two darker stripes that run parallel down their back.

Like many other cockroach species, German cockroaches love to infiltrate human structures in search of easy food, shelter, and nesting spaces, and this pest can be incredibly difficult to get rid of if you don’t have professional cockroach control assistance.

Are German cockroaches dangerous?

German cockroaches are dangerous pests to have around your property due to the bacteria and pathogens that they can introduce to interior and exterior areas as they scavenge around. Diseases carried by German cockroaches include salmonellosis, dysentery, and E.coli infections, among many others. As they invade food storage spaces and climb across counters, your risk of picking up an illness from German cockroaches increases.

Additionally, German cockroaches may trigger allergic reactions and breathing problems with the shed skins, saliva, droppings, and egg cases they leave around your property. These items carry a protein that triggers reactions in sensitive individuals, and a large infestation of German cockroaches may cause serious health problems.

Why do I have a German cockroach problem?

If you are noticing signs of a cockroach infestation taking place around your property, you may be wondering where this troublesome pest came from. In most cases, German cockroaches will invade your property in pursuit of food, moisture, and nesting spots. If there are plenty of these items easily reached, you are likely to pick up a German cockroach problem.

Another common cause of infestation is accidentally purchasing an item, such as secondhand furniture, that is already infested by these pests.

Where will I find German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are most commonly found hiding around kitchens, in food pantry areas, at the backs of cupboards, in the space between walls, or around basements and bathrooms. Outdoors, you may find German cockroaches around trash cans, compost piles, debris and brush piles, or near outdoor pet food.

How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

If you want to get rid of cockroaches for good, skip the DIY solutions and store-bought products; these are often less than effective against German cockroaches, and many roaches have grown resistant to these products. Instead, contact Uinta Pest Solutions for the professional German cockroach control you need to be totally rid of these pests once and for all.

Call us now to learn more or to get started removing German cockroaches from your property

How can I prevent German cockroaches in the future?

In addition to effective cockroach pest control, you can follow these easy prevention tips to keep roaches off of your property in the future:

  • Seal cracks around your property’s foundation, windows, and doors, and install weatherstripping to keep cockroaches outside.
  • Use trash cans with tight-fitting lids and cover over compost piles to prevent cockroach scavenging.
  • Clear outdoor areas of debris, long grasses, and woodpiles to reduce cockroach hiding spots.
  • Address moisture issues that might be creating the humid or damp conditions around your property that German cockroaches love.
  • Store leftover food properly and clean pantries often to prevent cockroaches from scavenging or hiding around kitchens and food storage spaces.

For more information on preventing German cockroaches or professional cockroach control assistance, call Uinta Pest Solutions today.

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