There always seems to be one bad apple in the basket that destroys the whole bunch. With cockroaches, the bad apple is the German cockroach. While there are several species of roaches, the German cockroach gives all other roaches a bad name. German cockroaches are found throughout the world. The irony of all this is that the only place they can’t survive is where there are no humans. The other condition in which survival is very difficult for the German cockroach is in areas of extremely cold temperatures. In reality, the availability of food and water made available in the human environment is what will govern the ability for the German cockroaches to survive and reproduce.
The German cockroach is not difficult to identify. Adults reach ½ to 5/8th inch in length and are light brown in color. They do have fully developed wings but do not fly. Their preference is a warm, moist environment and often are found in kitchens and pantries. They have a real affinity for starches and sweets but also love greasy food and meat products. A messy garbage can is an ideal source of food. Most of their activity is during the night when they are foraging for food, water, and a mate. The shape of their slender, flat body makes it easy for them to disappear during the day as they slip into cracks and crevices or any other dark location that provides warmth and humidity.
German cockroaches pose a serious danger to the health of humans. Food poisoning, diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses are spread on food and food utensils during the night as these roaches scurry around the kitchen, on the stove and counter tops. Their secretions have a pungent odor and are laden with viruses, bacteria, and protozoans. The excrement and skins of cockroaches also contain allergens and cause skin rash, congestion, and asthma. The multiple health risks and unsanitary conditions resulting in German cockroach infestations calls for immediate action and professional pest control services.
The German cockroach has become resistant to most insecticides and over the counter products of do-it-yourself treatments. Our highly skilled professionals here at Witt Pest Management are prepared to evaluate your cockroach activity and will customize a solution tailored to your needs. When you contact us, our Witt personnel will utilize a variety of treatments such as surveillance, baiting programs and exclusion services to eradicate the roaches from your premises and protect against future infestations.