Mini Handbook On German Cockroaches In Memphis
January 17, 2020
There are over 4600 species of cockroaches across the globe, but when it comes to home invaders, one stands out above the rest. No other roach is as good at invading homes as the German cockroach. Found on nearly every continent and wherever humans dwell, the German cockroach is the number one roach invader in the world. Here in Memphis, this is no different.
If you hear skittering in your home late at night or see a black blur dash under the stove after turning the light on, you probably have German cockroaches. The question is, is there anything you can do to fight back? Today we will be providing you with everything you need to know about the German cockroach. You will learn how to identify german cockroaches, what problems they cause, what attracts them to your home, and even some helpful tips to keep them away. If you’re interested in learning more — let’s dive in.
How To Identify German Cockroaches
There are only two species of cockroaches you have to worry about here in Florida — the German cockroach, and the Oriental cockroach. Both look very similar but are, in fact, very different. Both have small heads, broad flat bodies, and range in color from reddish-brown to black, with oriental cockroaches leaning more towards dark black. The most significant difference between these two roaches is that both have wings, but only Oriental cockroaches can fly. German cockroaches are only able to use their wings to glide. Oriental cockroaches are also attracted to light, whereas German cockroaches will do anything they can to avoid anything bright.
Problems Cockroaches Cause
One thing Oriental cockroaches and German cockroaches share in common are the problems they cause. Both pose serious health risks inside restaurants as well as for homeowners. Teeming with bacteria and able to carry several human pathogens and parasitic worms, cockroaches are a time bomb for sickness. To be more specific, cockroaches can carry 33 different kinds of bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 parasitic worms. When traveling through homes and businesses, they can spread these over countertops and eating surfaces as well as contaminate food with their fecal matter.
If all of this wasn’t enough, cockroaches also emit a foul odor, and the skin they shed while molting can trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Even if your home is entirely dust-free for the sake of an asthmatic child, the presence of cockroaches can still cause health issues.
What Attracts Cockroaches To Homes
Despite popular belief, cockroaches do not only invade dirty homes. As long as an abode offers them ample access to water, food, and hiding spots, a cockroach has every reason they need to invade. Most often, cockroaches wander indoors and, once there, find what they need to survive. Here are some common ways cockroaches get into homes:
- Through gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation
- Through gaps around door and window frames
- Through rips and tears in screening
- Under doors
- Through spaces around utility and sewer pipes
- Inside storage boxes and items you bring home
5 Tips To Prevent Roaches
- Clean regularly, making sure not to miss under appliances and furniture.
- Make sure your trash cans all have tight-fitting lids.
- Fix leaks and reduce moisture around your home.
- Store leftover foods inside metal, plastic, or glass containers and make sure no scraps are left out for cockroaches to find late at night.
- Seal up the exterior of your home. Use a caulking gun to fill in cracks in your home’s foundation and gaps around door and window frames, repair or replace ripped or torn screens, and install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
The Best Way To Get Roaches Out
Roaches are formidable opponents to face inside your home, especially the German cockroach. If you think you have what it takes to get rid of them, we wish you luck. If you would like a much easier solution that will save you lots of time, money, and stress, Mid-South is here to help. Here at Mid-South Pest & Termite, LLC, we have tested and proven answers for cockroach problems. All you have to do is give us a call. We will send one of our professionals your way ASAP with a quick and easy solution designed to get cockroaches out.