German cockroaches are the most common species of cockroaches to invade homes. Their cousins, Asian cockroaches, are much happier outdoors. The two species are nearly identical, the only real difference being that Asian cockroaches are attracted to light and can fly, while German cockroaches hate the light and can barely flutter their little wings.
Another difference between the two species is that German cockroaches prefer to reside indoors, feeding on human food sources, while Asian cockroaches are more comfortable in wooded areas where they can feed on mulch and compost. If you’re seeing cockroaches inside your Pittsburgh home, they are more than likely German cockroaches, and they aren’t planning on saying “Auf Wiedersehen” anytime soon.
German cockroaches love human homes. What’s there not to love? The readily available food, the frequent waste, and the infinite possibilities of places to hide and lay their eggs. German cockroaches are always looking for accessible food and garbage, and they tend to breed in dark, damp spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. This resilient species of cockroach is extremely hard to get rid of for several reasons.
First, these pests prefer remote spaces that seem almost impossible to access. As the smallest of all cockroach species, the German cockroach can easily fit into tiny cracks and crevices in your home. This makes DIY pest control efforts difficult.
Second, they reproduce at such a fast rate that it would take less than a year for one single female cockroach to create an infestation of thousands. One female can lay up to fifty eggs at a time. These eggs take less than two months to hatch and fully evolve into reproducing adult cockroaches.
There are some methods of prevention to keep in mind. It’s important to clean up messes promptly, as cockroaches are attracted to food spills, residue, and waste that hasn’t been properly disposed of. It’s also important to address any moisture problems, as cockroaches love heat and humidity. They can often be found above refrigerators, near stoves, or pipes; any source that gives off heat, moisture, or is leaking water.
Unfortunately, no matter how many prevention methods you put in place, a cockroach infestation can be extremely hard to manage. Once you try to treat one infested area, the roaches tend to disperse and spread to other areas of the house. Also, roach spray only goes so far. Cockroaches have become resistant to certain types of bait and pesticides. It’s important to periodically change the type of insecticides you use so the cockroaches don’t become immune to the treatment.
The best and most effective way to treat a cockroach infestation is to call in the professionals. The experts at Witt Pest Management are well versed in German cockroach infestations and are eager to help you rid your home of these intruders once and for all. Put down the roach spray and the ineffective traps and pick up the phone today. Our pest control professionals effectively identify sites of infestation and eliminate cockroaches from the entire property and surrounding areas. We help modify your home to be less attractive to cockroaches and we perform routine maintenance to ensure they never come back. Call us today for a consultation and to rid your life of roaches for good.