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Pests are understandably dreaded and hated by most people; at best, insects and other pests are hideous, and at worst, they're destructive and full of germs. Insects and critters can wreck buildings or personal belongings, like fabrics and paper, and many can trigger illnesses in humans. Pittsburgh home and business owners need to keep their guard up to protect their loved ones, customers, and employees, and German cockroaches are at the top of the list of bugs to control.

German cockroaches creep folks out, so they may not want to study them. However, reading about their behaviors is the only way to learn how to combat them with success. You have to know what attracts them to properties, and what threats they pose. Get the scoop on preventive methods and relevant services from Witt Pest Management.

How Do German Cockroaches Behave? What Are The Risks?

German cockroaches are about half an inch long, and are brown or tan with horizontal black stripes behind their heads. The young have these striped markings too, but their bodies are all black. Though the adults have wings, they are more likely to run than fly. 
These cockroaches have a reputation for eagerly infiltrating homes and businesses, looking for a warm and sheltered spot with food. Cracks and crevices near utilities, doors, windows, and foundations are their usual entry points. Additionally, they can be brought in by accident when people don’t realize the bugs are in boxes, bags, electronics, and furniture. Indoors, you might see them in garbage cans, cabinets, kitchens, and sinks.

Here are the main signs of infestation:

  • Droppings: Tiny and dark, the feces of German cockroaches looks like pepper, leaving spotted stains speckled in floor corners and drawers, and on door frames and countertops. 

  • Eggs: These bugs typically lay their eggs in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. Look for casings in these areas as well. 

  • Odors: These cockroaches generate various secretions that have foul scents. “Mustiness” will be the predominant odor.

Regardless of species, all cockroaches crawl around with countless germs on their bodies. They also have bacteria in their spit, urine, and droppings, and when the insects run through tunnels, trash, and other filthy locations, the total of microbes increases exponentially. Further, on their legs are spines that stick to dirt and objects. All of this makes the contamination of surfaces and food certain, leading to humans contracting pathogens, viruses, and diseases like salmonella and gastroenteritis, and triggering allergy and asthma attacks.

How Can German Cockroaches Be Prevented?

Since German cockroaches are seeking warmth, food, and water, you’ll have to keep these elements controlled inside your home or business. In addition, you’ll also have to consider the condition of your property’s exterior:

  • Use containers with tight lids for food and garbage storage. 

  • Vacuum, remove trash, and clean your dishes on a regular basis. 

  • Trim your greenery and grass often. Place plants and flowers several feet away from the property. 

  • Have moisture issues and plumbing leaks repaired.

  • All exterior doors should have sweeps added. 

  • Patch up openings around foundations, windows, doors, and utilities.

What Can Witt Pest Management Do About German Cockroaches?

Witt Pest Management is a QualityPro certified company, which means our technicians have the highest level of industry-standard training, giving them the skills and tools to effectively exterminate German cockroaches and stop future penetrations. You’ll receive a custom-made solution plan, including high-end surveillance, baiting, and exclusion approaches. You can rest assured that all of our treatments are safe for humans and pets. Same-day service is available, so call us today! 

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