German roaches are some of the most common household pests in the United States. They reproduce quickly, and can go from a few individuals to an infestation within a few months. Knowing how to identify, prevent, and get rid of German Roaches on your own can save you countless time and money.
German Roach Appearance
German cockroaches are the smallest of the common household pest roaches. Like all roaches, they are flat and oval-shaped with 6 legs. Cockroaches also have spines on their legs and a pair of long antenna. German roaches are usually light brown or tan in color and can best be distinguished by two dark stripes that run longitudinally from just below their head, down to their back.
German Cockroach Hiding Places
German roaches will seek out a place that is warm, humid, and close to food and water. Unfortunately, this makes homes a great fit. They are most often found in bathrooms or kitchens, but can also be seen in cupboards, closets, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, etc. Since German cockroaches will eat just about anything, they can live in a wide range of places.
Problems with German Cockroaches
Like other species of roaches, German roaches can transmit diseases, spread germs, contaminate food, and cause illness. Researchers have found that a protein in cockroach bodies, saliva, and droppings can cause allergies and increase asthma symptoms in susceptible individuals.
How to Get Rid of German Roaches
German roach control is best achieved by a well-rounded approach that involves sanitation, exclusion, and chemical methods. Good sanitation is essential to keep roaches away. It is important to wipe counters frequently, sweep and vacuum up crumbs, take out the garbage daily, and keep your home tidy and decluttered. If you have any leaky pipes or faucets, fix them immediately to get rid of the excess moisture in your home.
Exclude roaches and other pests by sealing cracks and gaps on the outside of your home. You can also keep them out by ensuring that your windows have screens and your doors and windows have intact weather stripping.
Controlling cockroaches once they are already in your home may take time, but it can be done. One of the best and most effective control methods is baits. Gel baits can be placed in secluded areas where cockroaches hide. If a location is difficult to reach (like wall voids), dusts can be particularly effective as long as they remain dry. Bait stations can also be beneficial for ongoing maintenance. Harris Famous Roach Tablets are highly rated and extremely effective against roaches. There are also various residual insecticides that come in sprays or aerosols that can be helpful. These can be sprayed around baseboards, under appliances, and in cracks and crevices. For roach control, trust PF Harris products to get the job done right.