Did you know that German Cockroaches are known to spread and transmit several types of human illnesses? Homedale German Cockroaches often feed in areas such as dumpsters, sewers and garbage disposals. While feeding, they pick up bacteria on their bodies and legs and can carry those diseases inside your home.
As the German Cockroaches scavenge for food and water inside your home, they often find their way into the kitchen. They can then contaminate food and food preparation areas with bacteria. This can lead to illnesses such as E. coli, Salmonella spp. and Typhus. Studies have even linked cockroach infestations with allergic reactions and asthma attacks, especially in young children.
Once you have identified that you have a cockroach problem, it’s important to determine if they’re German Cockroaches or a different type. German Cockroaches are found throughout the world and are 1/2″ to 5/8″ long. They are light brown or tan in color, and are identified by two parallel black stripes running down their back. They also secrete an odor that can make an infested area smell musty.
Homedale German Cockroach Habitat
German Cockroaches are known to be excellent hitchhikers and often find their way to your home via used home appliances, grocery bags, cardboard boxes and paper products. They may continue living in these appliances. Cockroaches can also be found in any small crack or crevice close to food and water. They’re even small enough to fit through a hole in an electrical socket!
Homedale German Cockroaches are often found in kitchens or bathrooms, but are not limited to those areas. They seek warm, humid areas that are close to sources of food and water. German cockroaches can survive without food for up to 30 days, but can only survive without water for 2 weeks. That being said, they’ll eat just about anything! They’re known to eat soap, toothpaste, book bindings and glue. Additionally, they’ll feed on any food or crumbs left out.
There are a few thing you can do to prevent an infestation from happening. Always practice good food storage practices and keep your home clean of any crumbs. Also be sure to seal up any utility pipe entrances, and ventilate any areas of your house that are prone to humidity or moisture buildup.
One female can carry 40 eggs, which can quickly turn a small infestation into thousands. If you’ve identified that you have an infestation of Homedale German Cockroaches, it’s important to take care of them immediately! Give us a call at Get Lost Pest Control and we’ll be happy to rid you of these pest in a professional and timely manner!