December 17, 2020

What Makes The German Cockroaches In Montgomery So Bad?

When you see a roach in your home, it’s typically startling, terrifying, and the worst five minutes of your life, at the moment. Once you’re able to dispose of it, however, you’re probably able to move on with your day fairly quickly. This ability to forget about the threat of roaches is a positive thing, generally speaking. If we lived in constant fear of roaches, we wouldn't be too productive. However, if you aren’t being proactive in preventing German cockroaches from entering your home, you could be opening yourself up to a dangerous infestation.

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Smallest Roach, Biggest Hazards

Out of all of the roach species in the United States, German cockroaches are by far the smallest. Their tan to brown bodies typically measure up to seven centimeters long at the most, which is something they love to take advantage of. Because of their small size, they can gain access to areas of your home that most roaches can’t, creating a variety of issues. It may be this ease of access, their pack mentality, or a combination of both, but these pests are the most common cockroach invader for both homes and businesses.
Their invasion frequency is troubling for two reasons. First of all, these roaches love stored food, and they have a knack for getting into pantries. Once one or two roaches find food that hasn’t been properly sealed up, dozens more are sure to follow. Even more troubling than the risk to your food supplies, however, is the risk to your health. Since German cockroaches enjoy hanging out in places like dumpsters, landfills, and sewers, they’re known carriers of bacteria. Unfortunately, as their search parties scour for food around your home, they’re also spreading the bacteria to your food preparation surfaces and furniture.
This ability to spread bacteria around your house makes German cockroaches one of the most dangerous pests to have in your home. Bacteria spread by roaches causes diseases like salmonella, E.coli, and more. Plus, to exacerbate the problems that come with an infestation, they are nearly impossible to get rid of.

Prevention Techniques

Once you realize you have a German cockroach infestation, they most likely have too much of a foothold for easy eradication. However, focusing on prevention might help you avoid an infestation in the first place. The best ways to prevent an infestation include:

  • Controlling moisture issues: Since roaches prefer damp environments, any moisture buildup in your home will attract them quickly. Using a dehumidifier in your crawl spaces and monitoring your pipes for leaks are both good moisture control practices.

  • Regular cleaning routines: Small pests only need a small amount of food, so any crumbs you leave lying around can hold them over for quite a while. Vacuuming, mopping, and wiping down counters regularly can take away these consistent food sources.

  • Decluttering: Clearing up the clutter in your home can reduce hiding spaces that give roaches an added sense of comfort.

  • Proper food storage practices: Leaving food in the sink overnight will attract roaches very quickly. Keep in mind that any storage containers (for both leftovers and trash) need to be sealed tightly to prevent small German cockroaches from squeezing through.

While these methods can be very effective, DIY pest control methods often fail when it comes to pests as small and numerous as German cockroaches with a home invasion on their minds. Rather than wasting your time on home remedies that don’t work, try something that can guarantee your protection against these dangerous disease-spreaders. The best way to prevent or eradicate German cockroaches is with professional assistance: Bill Clark Pest Control. Give us a call today to keep your home and family safe.


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