Your home should be a place where you can come home to relax, spend time with your family, and sleep soundly at night. If your home’s barriers are breached by home-invading German roaches, however, your home will no longer feel like your sanctuary; a cockroach infestation can make your home feel uncomfortable to eat, sleep, or live in until they are eliminated! German cockroaches are the most common type of cockroach that can be found invading homes; they are a small species that can be identified by their light brown coloring and the two darker parallel stripes on their back just behind their head. These roaches are attracted to warm, humid areas that are in close proximity to food sources. The most common places that these roaches invade inside homes are kitchens, bathrooms, pantries, and the areas behind appliances - basically all the places you really don’t want to run into a cockroach!
It is very important to take the necessary steps needed to protect your home from dangerous and disease-spreading pests. Before invading homes, German roaches live and feed in unsanitary places like garbage dumps, sewers, drains, carrions, excrement, and other less-than-sterile environments. These cockroaches introduce serious health risks into the home they are invading; these pests carry bacteria, viruses, human pathogens, and parasites on their legs and bodies that can make you and your family members very ill. In addition, their feces and shed skins that they leave throughout your home are known to trigger allergies in many people, and can even cause severe asthma attacks - especially in children. The presence of German cockroaches in a home is also known to create a very unpleasant odor.
To help you make your home as unappealing and inaccessible to German cockroaches as possible, we want to provide you with the following cockroach prevention tips:
- To help prevent German cockroaches from finding their way into your home, make sure that window and door screens are intact, caulk any gaps found around windows and doors, and make sure that door sweeps are placed on all exterior doors.
- Keep outdoor trash cans away from the exterior of your home and make sure they are removed or emptied on a regular basis; remove the trash from your home on a regular basis as well.
- Thoroughly clean your kitchen area of crumbs and leftover food regularly.
- Wash dirty dishes on a daily basis.
- Store pantry items like dry pet food, crackers, cereal, flour, oats, and other dry goods in plastic or glass containers with airtight lids.
- Clean under your stove and refrigerator as well as the inside of your pantry routinely in order to clean up any crumbs or spills.
- Inspect all packages, boxes, and used furniture or appliances for German cockroaches before bringing them inside.
Even after performing all of these prevention tips, these determined roaches may still find their way inside your home. If you discover that your home has been infiltrated by German cockroaches, contact a pest control professional immediately! Professionals have the experience needed to identify all the areas of your home where these dangerous, disease-spreading pests are hiding, and provide effective treatment as well as the necessary follow-up services needed to prevent a re-infestation. A German cockroach infestation, especially a large one, cannot and should not be treated by using DIY products; if these pests are inside your home, they will be found living around your family’s food sources.
If you are currently experiencing problems with German cockroaches inside your Pittsburgh area home, the pest professionals at Witt Pest Management will quickly come to your aid and provide the effective, targeted, and eco-sound treatments needed to rid every single cockroach from your home! To learn more about our residential pest control services, give us a call today. Take back your home from German cockroaches by partnering with Witt Pest Management!