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German Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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What are German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are the most common roach species that find their way into our homes and businesses. These small, fasting moving roaches have developed a close relationship with people. Our structures provide them with warm shelter and easy access to food. Just one or two German cockroaches finding a way into your home can lead to an infestation that takes over your house. 

Identified by their small size, dark color, and two dark stripes that run down their body, German cockroaches hitchhike their way from place to place. In multi-unit buildings, they move through walls and ceilings using wires and pipes as guides. German cockroaches are one of the most stressful and difficult to control pests that Raleigh home and business owners deal with regularly.

Are German cockroaches dangerous?

German cockroaches pose significant dangers to people. A German cockroach infestation is serious and needs to be addressed by a professional as quickly as possible. German cockroaches are a threat because they live and travel through areas riddled with decay, disease, parasites, and human pathogens. 

As German cockroaches move about your home, they contaminate its surfaces and your family's food with things that make people ill. Their shed skins and excrement build up and trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Additionally, the pheromones that these pests emit produce a foul odor inside homes and other structures.

Why do I have a German cockroach problem?

German cockroaches have most likely become a problem inside your home because you have accidentally introduced them inside something like a box, delivery, or secondhand piece of furniture or appliance. 

German cockroaches live indoors, so their most common mode of transportation is hitchhiking. Their small size and dark color make it easy to remain hidden from sight. When we move these infested items from place to place, we transport them and cause new infestations.

Where will I find German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are anything but claustrophobic; these insects love nothing more than to hide within tight spaces. They feel safest when both their back and abdomen are pressed tight against a hard surface. 

Some of the German cockroaches' favorite hiding spots within our homes and businesses include cracks in walls, behind cabinets, behind trim and baseboards, and inside furniture. They also like to gather under cardboard boxes, inside clutter, and inside or under appliances.

German cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid areas making kitchens, basements, and bathrooms common gathering points for these pests.

How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

Stop German cockroaches from taking over your Raleigh area property with the help of the professionals at Southern Pest Solutions. We won't just offer a quick fix; our services will provide you with a long-term solution to guarding your property against German cockroaches and other pests. 

At Southern Pest Solutions, we will begin ridding your home or business of German cockroaches by performing a thorough inspection to accurately identify the cockroaches present. Then we will look for any sanitation issue that is attracting German cockroaches and allowing them to thrive in your home. Finally, our professionals will perform the effective treatments necessary to eliminate German cockroaches from your property completely. 

To learn more about our German cockroach control services in Raleigh or request a free quote, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

We have compiled a list of our most helpful tips to keep German cockroaches from taking over your Raleigh home. 

  • Vacuum, mop, and dust your home frequently to remove stray crumbs and other food debris that German cockroaches like to feast on.
  • Keep your kitchen as clean as possible and regularly wash dishes, store food out of reach ( the fridge or in containers with airtight lids), and keep sinks free of food debris.
  • Don't leave pet food out all the time; dispose of uneaten pet food every evening to prevent cockroaches from feeding on it.
  • Check things like bags, deliveries, potted plants, and appliances you bring into your home for hitchhiking German cockroaches.
  • Regularly empty trash cans and put all trash into sealed trash containers outside.
  • Remove excess humidity from your home by using air conditioners and dehumidifiers.