German Cockroaches

German Cockroach

German cockroaches are the most common species of cockroaches all over the world. These are generally flat and oval in shape and range from ½ inch to 5/8 inch in size. They are light brown to tan in color with two characteristic dark stripes down their backs.

They are omnivorous meaning they will eat anything from leftovers to soap.

Typically, they live in warm and humid environments. They also prefer to live in spaces close to food and water sources. Homeowners usually find these pests in the bathroom and in the kitchen but they can easily reside in grocery bags, cardboard boxes, and even appliances.

They are also vectors for diseases since they pick up microbes on the spines on their legs which they then transfer to food and other surfaces they usually touch. They are also known to carry more than 33 different types of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and more or less seven other human pathogens. Moreover, their saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies can trigger allergies and can aggravate asthma symptoms.

In order to get rid of cockroaches, homeowners must practice good sanitation. Keep floors free from crumbs, vacuum regularly, and dispose garbage properly. In the event of an infestation, contact professional exterminators.

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David Walker is the President of Greenway Pest Control. He is an expert in residential and commercial pest control.
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