Your kitchen provides the perfect environment and essentially becomes a huge petri dish that allows many nuisance pests including the German cockroach to thrive. If you have been the victim of these disgusting little creatures, you are certainly not alone. Many people are under the misconception that only homes with poor housekeeping practices are at risk for cockroach infestations but in actuality this is far removed from the actual truth. Even the cleanest of homes and restaurants for that matter can become the victim of cockroach problems. Cockroaches in general tend to frequent places such as trash cans and other areas. The germs attach to the cockroaches body which can then be transferred to food contact surfaces such as cutting boards, countertops, dishes, and utensils. Some of the diseases spread by cockroaches include Salmonella, E.coli, Streptococcus and even some viruses. Cockroaches can also produce allergens which can cause asthma and other breathing issues. One of the largest pest problems found in American kitchens is the German cockroach (Blattella germanica).
What Does a German Cockroach Look Like?
Small in size, dark brown to black in color with two very distinctive strikes behind its head, the German cockroach tends to thrive in areas that are dark and moist with easy access to food and water. With its very high rate of reproduction it can easily reside in the smallest nooks and crannies found throughout your home. Store purchased insecticides are often ineffective as many species of cockroaches including the German cockroach have developed a resistance to many of the chemical components found in these insecticides. In order to protect your property, contact A Five Star Termite & Pest Control specialists for professional evaluation, control and cockroach removal services.
How Can You Identify if You have German Roaches?
If you have a German cockroach problem, the most obvious sign is finding them scurrying onto top of counter tops and other surfaces. Other common signs include discovering cockroach droppings on countertops and inside drawers and cabinets etc. Droppings look very much like ground black pepper; you may also find empty egg cases left behind by the females after they lay their eggs. German cockroaches multiple quickly and are capable of producing thousands of offspring.
What Keeps German Cockroaches Away?
Along with professional services from your A Five Star Termite & Pest Control specialist there are several things you can do to minimize the risk of a cockroach infestation from occurring in your home or business. Eliminating food and water sources for example will discourage roaches as will cleaning out clutter in cupboards and keeping under and around your appliances clear of spills and dropped food particles. Inspect your home for cracks and other openings including leaking pipes and seal them appropriately. Remove garbage in a timely manner and store it outside in a trash receptacle that has a secure lid away from your home. Keep doors closed and store food in a refrigerator or in sealed containers. Keep in mind that you cannot stop roaches from entering in everyday items brought into the home such as shopping bags and cardboard boxes etc. Inspecting items as you bring them into your home will help you cut down on the risk of transporting any unwanted hitchhikers into your property.
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