8 German Cockroach Facts You Should Know
In the North and East Bay Areas, cockroach problems are a fact of life. If you’ve dealt with an infestation before, you probably had German cockroaches. These roaches are the most common species to infest homes, multi-family units, restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels, and more. In addition to simply being gross, they are infamous for carrying diseases and potentially dangerous pathogens. They also breed at a rapid rate, making it important to control them as soon as possible.
In this blog post, the experts at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen share 8 German cockroach facts to keep in mind.
8 German Cockroach Facts to Remember
Because German cockroaches are such a threat to all property owners, it’s important to learn about their unique habits and behaviors. The eight things to remember about these roaches include:
- German cockroaches reproduce at an extraordinary speed. One female cockroach and her offspring can grow exponentially to create a severe infestation.
- The ootheca (egg case) of the German cockroach contains between 35–40 eggs, which take one month to hatch.
- German cockroaches can carry or transmit diseases and pathogens that may be dangerous to humans.
- German cockroach infestations have been tied back to causing severe asthmatic reactions in some people.
- They prefer to hide in dark, undisturbed areas. They are often found inside walls, behind cabinets, inside appliances, and more.
- German cockroaches typically prefer areas of high temperatures and high humidity.
- They almost entirely live indoors only. While rare, they have been known to survive outdoors in warm weather.
- German cockroaches are able to climb on smooth surfaces because they have a sticky pad called an arolium on their feet.
Preventing German Roaches in the Bay Area
If you want to avoid the frustration of dealing with a German cockroach infestation in your home or business, it’s important to learn how to prevent them in the first place. Everyone knows that roaches love filth and clutter—the key to keeping them away, then, is to maintain a clean and tidy property. Some of the ways you can prevent German roaches include:
- Store food (including pet food) in sealed containers with tight-fitting lids, and make sure your garbage is secured and locked away.
- Regularly clean your property, eliminate clutter, and be wary of carrying in old items before inspecting them for German roaches.
- Promptly address leaks or excess moisture in the home, such as standing water.
German Cockroach Removal Services
If you have spotted a German cockroach in your property, it’s crucial to call a professional exterminator as soon as possible. Getting rid of German cockroaches requires the expertise of an experienced exterminator, such as Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen. We understand how distressing a cockroach problem can be, which is why we use only the fastest acting, most effective German roach removal treatments.