German Cockroaches 

What Are German Cockroaches?

One of the most widely distributed species of cockroaches, German cockroaches, are a common pest that lives in high populations indoors, especially in urban areas. Like many species of cockroaches, they have adapted to live near people- feeding on our food and living in our homes and businesses. Where you see one cockroach, there are many as they live and invade properties in large numbers.

German roaches are not winged, but use their six legs to move very quickly from place to place or when disturbed. They are small in size, with adults growing in size to about 5/8th of an inch in length. They are brown with two dark lines near their head.

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Are German Cockroaches Dangerous?

German cockroaches are dangerous pests and should never live in our homes or businesses for any amount of time. While German cockroaches are not known for biting people, they do pose serious health risks. They spread bacteria, human pathogens, and viruses, carrying them on their bodies and legs, and contaminating food and surfaces. German cockroach infestations lead to food poisoning, diarrhea, and dysentery. Other reasons why German cockroaches are considered dangerous and destructive include:

  • Their excrement stains walls, floors, and clothing.

  • Their feeding and chewing habits cause damage to clothing, papers, upholstered furniture, and curtains.

  • German cockroaches produce foul-smelling secretions.

Why Do I Have A German Cockroach Problem?

German cockroaches spend most of their life indoors, inhabiting kitchens and bathrooms in homes, apartment buildings, restaurants, hotels, and other commercial buildings where food is stored or prepared. They prefer to live in dark, damp areas like basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. These roaches hide in drawers, cabinets, behind wall voids, and behind large appliances. German cockroaches find their way inside of homes and businesses by hitchhiking in food deliveries, bags, furniture, electronics, or on the bottom of people’s shoes. They also sometimes find their way inside through cracks in the foundation or exterior walls of buildings.

How Do I Get Rid Of German Cockroaches?

If you're looking for a way to eliminate German cockroaches from your property for good, your answer lies with Dandi Guaranty! With just one call, we'll send our pest technicians to inspect your home for signs of cockroach activity. Once we've determined the problem areas in your home and around your property, we'll treat those areas to effectively eliminate your German cockroach infestation, then treat your property to prevent future invasions. To learn more about how our Quarterly Pest Control Plan can help solve your German cockroach problem, visit our residential pest control page!

Can I Eliminate German Cockroaches Myself?

Once German cockroaches have chosen your home to live or forage for food in, the best solution is to partner with Dandi Guaranty. To help prevent problems with German cockroaches it is best to eliminate sources of food, water, and potential shelter from your property. Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins. Keep them from gaining access inside your home by sealing cracks in the foundation and exterior walls. Limit the excess moisture German cockroaches thrive on by repairing leaky pipes and making sure gutters are working to direct water away from your home’s exterior. Inside your home use dehumidifiers to keep basements dry. Store food in the refrigerator or in plastic or glass containers with air-tight lids. Keep debris and clutter to a minimum throughout your home, to reduce places that German roaches like to live and hide within.


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