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What To Do About German Cockroaches In Your Youngsville Home

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Cockroaches are common pests here in Youngsville and throughout North Carolina. Unfortunately, they are also among the deadliest household pests around. These harmful pests are difficult to eliminate, spread several notable bacteria and diseases, and are just plain gross Spotting so much as one cockroach in your home can be a good indicator that an infestation is brewing. Cockroaches are troublesome insects to have in your home, but perhaps the deadliest type of cockroaches you can encounter is the German cockroach. German cockroaches are one of the smallest species of cockroaches, but they are also one of the most dangerous.

Many homeowners in our area face the struggles associated with German cockroach infestations and may become discouraged when dealing with them. Fortunately, you don't have to face these pest pressures alone. Southern Pest Solutions is your local cockroach control and prevention authority. Our team of Youngsville pest control experts has what it takes to get rid of cockroaches in your home for good. Today's article covers how to identify German cockroaches and differentiate them from other species, the impact these pests can have on your health and why they are considered dangerous, and why pest control in Youngsville is the most effective way to get rid of German cockroaches. Keep reading to learn more.

How To Identify A German Cockroach

Before we cover the identifying traits of the German cockroach, let's cover some general identification of cockroaches. So, what does a cockroach look like? Cockroaches generally have oval-shaped bodies with wings, antennae, and six spiny legs. There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches. Here in North Carolina, the most common cockroaches you will encounter are American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, brown-hooded cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches.

Now, let's dive into the German cockroach. Adult German cockroaches are light brown to tan with two dark stripes running parallel down their backs. German cockroaches range from ½ to ⅝ inches in length  – slightly larger than the brown-banded cockroaches in your home.

German cockroaches prefer warm and humid environments close to food and water sources. As a result, they frequently invade residential properties by hitchhiking in cardboard boxes, grocery bags, and secondhand appliances. Once these roaches live comfortably indoors, homeowners will most likely find a German cockroach crawling around the bathroom or kitchen.

Here are a few additional facts about the German cockroach:

  • At only ½ inch long, an adult German cockroach is pretty tiny. However, its small size allows it to access surprising locations within structures. Nymphs are even smaller than adults. A German cockroach nymph is so small, it can crawl through the tiny little holes in your electrical outlets, which they often do.
  • German cockroaches live much better inside than any other cockroach species. This is why they are the most common and most distributed cockroach pests on the planet.
  • This cockroach species reproduces faster than other cockroach species. A German cockroach can go from egg to reproductive adult in as little as 50 days, and a female can have as many as 50 eggs in its egg case. One female cockroach can create as many as 1,250 cockroaches in less than four months.

When German cockroach populations are present in large numbers, it may be possible to detect a mild, somewhat "musty" odor. It is also likely to find German cockroach droppings in the different areas they frequent. Droppings may appear as small, dark, "pepper-like" material left on countertops or in drawers. There may also be fecal staining, which appears as dark spots or smears in the corners of rooms, along the tops of doors or around small cracks and openings in walls.

Why German Cockroaches Are Considered Dangerous

Most other species of cockroaches require more moisture than you likely have inside your home, but German cockroaches adapt well to living indoors. So when When German cockroaches get into your Youngsville home, they're likely to stay inside.

German cockroaches are implicated in transmitting at least 33 bacterial diseases, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. As German cockroaches explore your home, they also spread harmful bacteria and disease pathogens that they carry on their legs and bodies; they pick these up while crawling around in feces, garbage, and rotting organic materials.

Bacteria can live inside a German cockroach's gut for months or even years without harming the roach. These organisms are expelled when the cockroach inevitably leaves its droppings around your home. Be cautious when cleaning if you find black specks sprinkled on walls, floors, counters, or other surface areas.

Unfortunately, German cockroaches don't need to get into your food or crawl on your toothbrush to make you sick. Research has shown that allergies and asthma-related symptoms increase in cockroach-infested homes. This is because cockroaches get into ventilation systems and leave allergens; German cockroaches are particularly good at this because of their ability to tolerate drier conditions.

Here are several other more subtle ways German cockroaches can negatively impact your health:

  • Bites around mouths can sometimes occur as German cockroaches attempt to drink saliva from the mouths of people as they sleep.
  • Cockroaches feed on dead skin. When they eat the dead skin off the eyelashes of sleeping people, a swollen wound can develop from an accidental bite. In addition, these bites tend to become infected from exposure to bacteria on the roach's leg spines. German cockroaches may also cause bites as they feed on dead skin around the mouth.
  • Cockroaches are known to be attracted to the smell of stale milk on the breath of sleeping babies. This puts babies at greater risk of harm from cockroaches crawling over them.
  • When cockroaches crawl across the skin, a rash can develop. This rash can be mild or severe, depending on the sensitivity of the person.

Why It's So Hard To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches

As 84% of American homes deal with pest infestations, it's not as if people don't want to get rid of the pests. Some pests, especially German cockroaches, are more challenging to get rid of than many others. Thanks to their impenetrable chitin shells and rapid growth cycles, German cockroaches may seem impossible to get rid of. Let's look at why it's so hard to get rid of German cockroaches.

  • They are drawn to garbage bins and trash cans. Taking out the trash can be an irritating chore, and most people don't like taking out the trash as it gets heavy and smells bad. However, when you've got a 20-pound bag of cockroach feed sitting in your home, you need to take care of it regularly to keep the roaches away. 
  • They get into your pets' spaces. If you have a pet, it's hard to keep things tidy all the time. Many cats and dogs eat wet foods and take their time with them. Some cats will nibble at a can of food all day long, leaving it open to being shared with cockroaches. If you're dealing with an infestation, clean out any bowls your pets eat from. Additionally, if you have cats, you should seek out an alternative to the standard litter box. You can keep German cockroaches out by adding some obstruction, such as a top-loading or a covered entry to the box.
  • They love cluttered, messy spaces. German cockroaches are often found in bathrooms and kitchens, where it's hard to keep every nook and cranny clean and dry. Even a neat freak doesn't have the time to wipe down the whole bathroom after a shower or the whole kitchen after a meal. If you leave anything behind, they're going to get into it.
  • They reproduce fast and often. German cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six generations per year, so a pest control company may recommend a reoccurring service to address this rapid reproductive rate.
  • They seek moisture-rich areas in your home. A German cockroach infestation tends to be much worse in humid conditions. A dehumidifier is an excellent way to get German cockroaches out of your basement or another damp place.

To discourage German cockroaches from invading, you should make a concerted effort to maintain a clean kitchen by immediately cleaning up crumbs and wiping spills as they occur; vacuuming often is also helpful. Avoid leaving dishes to pile up in the sink. It is also important to seal all entrances to the structure, especially around utility pipes, and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup as German cockroaches are drawn to areas of high moisture.

Even the cleanest of homes can get German cockroaches making their way in. If you're not careful to take heed of the issues mentioned above, German cockroaches could easily find their way to your home. Sometimes, the best course of action is to call in the pros to solve the issue.

The Most Effective Cockroach Control For Your Home

German cockroaches are incredibly adaptable pests, which means they can scatter through your home and develop a resistance to DIY pest solutions. If you require services for your home in Youngsville or the greater Raleigh, NC area, reach out to Southern Pest Solutions. Our team offers 50+ years of integrated pest management and pest control experience. We offer the value you want with the services you need; contact us to request a free cockroach control quote for your home.