How To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches In Memphis, TN Homes
August 13, 2021
Everyone knows cockroaches pose a huge problem for home and business owners the world over, but not many people know that German cockroaches are among the worst species you can get. These tiny roaches breed at warp speed, are tough as nails, and can turn just about anything into a hiding spot. This makes them an especially tough roach to exterminate, meaning you’ll want to take measures to avoid an infestation rather than dealing with it after the fact. The good news is there are lots of things you can do to keep German cockroaches out of your Tennessee home.
Little Roaches-Big Problems!
Considering some of their roach counterparts are American and Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches are among the smaller pest roaches that infest Memphis homes – typically no more than 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long. These tan to light brown roaches have two short dark stripes running parallel to each other right behind their heads. They also have long, thin wings and are capable of flying, though they normally avoid it.
German cockroaches are famously gross and with good reason. The places they love to hang out in include cemeteries, sewers, and garbage containers. That means they pick up some truly horrifying pathogens along the way. In fact, roaches are known or suspected to spread over 45 different varieties of bacteria, viruses, parasitic worms, and other pathogens. Their saliva and droppings can also trigger allergies and increase the symptoms of asthma. All in all, you can catch just about anything from a cockroach infestation, including:
- E. Coli
- Typhoid Fever
German Cockroach Prevention Tips
Not only are German cockroaches disgusting, but they’re also impossible to get rid of. Female roaches live long lives compared to many other insects, and they can lay hundreds of eggs during their life cycle. Combine that with the fact that hatchlings can mature in as little as 36 days under the right circumstances, and a couple of breeding roaches can explode into a full-blown infestation in a matter of months.
German cockroaches aren’t just prolific procreators – they’re also extremely tough, meaning it’s often hard to find an over-the-counter (OTC) insecticide that will kill them. Pesticidal sprays and poison baits that would kill other pests often don’t work on the cockroach. Even if you manage to kill a few individuals, they breed so fast that the likelihood that you’ll manage to eradicate the whole infestation is extremely low. That means an ounce of prevention is worth a pound (or maybe a ton) of cure.
To keep cockroaches off your private or commercial property, do the following:
- Keep all indoor and outdoor garbage covered with well-fitted lids.
- Clean up after all meals and never leave dirty dishes anywhere – not even in the sink.
- Clear clutter and yard debris to reduce hiding spots for roaches.
- Vacuum and wipe surfaces frequently to reduce crumbs that could provide roaches food.
- Store all pantry foods – including pet foods – in airtight containers that mask their smells.
- Seal up cracks and holes in your home’s exterior to reduce roach access points.
If you find yourself at the business end of a roach infestation even after all your prevention efforts, help is just a click or call away. Here at Mid-South Pest & Termite, our family-owned company has been helping home and business owners in the tri-state area deal with a wide array of local pests for over 55 years! So let our family take care of yours – give us a call at (901) 203-0783 or visit our contact page to schedule your service today.