German Cockroaches

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I'm sure you've heard it said, "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." Well, to help this extremely informative blog on the dangers of German cockroaches go down a little smoother, I've mixed in fun facts about the television classic, Hogan's Heroes. When you're done reading this fun and helpful article, there is no way you'll be able to say, "I know nothing. I. Know. Naaawthing."

In the television show Hogan's Heroes, there were a lot of continuity mistakes. For instance, in season one, episode 19, there is a scene with a close up of Major Zolle, where you can quite clearly see that he has no lenses in his glasses. Back in the day, glasses with no lenses were used quite a bit. Though clear glass could have been used for actors with perfect eyesight, it tended to create specular shine that could be irritatingly distracting in a scene. So glass-less spectacles were often used.

Glass-less spectacles would be all but useless to someone with a vision impairment, rendering them oblivious to everything around them, much in the way we are oblivious to how many roaches live in our home. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that 78% to 98% of urban homes have as many as 900 to 330,000 roaches living in them. And, German cockroaches are mostly nocturnal. If you see them during the day, it is a strong sign that you have an infestation.

In season 6, episode 19, there is another continuity mistake. After finishing Klink's dinner, General Burkhalter puts a metal cover over the plate. In the next shot, the cover is lying on the table, and there is extra food on the plate. When editing a television program it is easy to make these sorts of mistakes, especially if food portions change during the scene. Each scene can have many takes. And, when mixed, continuity can easily be broken.

Like General Burkhalter, in your home, a German cockroach will be searching for food. By hiding food, you can influence whether those roaches will stay, or target another home. Keep your trash cans sealed at all times. Don't leave them open, or buy a can with a rocker lid. These do not keep roaches out--and roaches can smell decomposing food from a great distance. Put dirty dishes in a sink full of soapy water. The water doesn't have to be hot. And, consider storing your pantry foods and cereals in hard plastic containers. This will keep roaches from chewing into them, and keep those items fresher.


Roaches could be all around you, getting into food, and contaminating silverware, dishes, and the very air you breath. The CDC directly connects roaches to dozens of diseases, and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America links them to asthma attacks. You can't afford to walk around without the lenses in your glasses. And, you can't afford to leave the food out for these invasive pests. If you see German cockroaches in your home, have a pest control company seal your exterior walls, and teach you exclusion methods that will protect your family from roaches and the diseases they carry. Don't be oblivious like Col. Klink. Get those roaches out of your house, and keep them out.

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