German Cockroach

Blattella germanica

Control, Extermination, & Prevention of German Roaches in Home

About German Cockroaches (German Roach)

The German roach (Blattella germanica), colloquially known as the croton bug, is a species of small cockroach, typically about 1.1 to 1.6 cm (0.43 to 0.63 in)[1][2] long. In color it varies from tan to almost black, and it has two dark, roughly parallel, streaks on the pronotum running anteroposteriorly from behind the head to the base of the wings. Although B. germanica has wings, it can barely fly, although it may glide when disturbed.[3] Of the few species of cockroach that are domestic pests, it probably is the most widely troublesome example.[4] It is very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the casual observer, the two appear nearly identical and may be mistaken for each other. However, the Asian cockroach is attracted to light and can fly like a moth, while the German roach cannot.


Controlling German Cockroaches

To control German roach infestations start by identifying their hiding spots, focusing on kitchens and bathrooms. Maintain cleanliness, fix leaks, and store food in airtight containers to deter them. Be aware of packages from thrift stores, moving boxes, or junk bins, they can harbor roaches. German roaches cannot live outdoors, they love moist, dark places to live and reproduce.


Exterminating German Cockroaches

You pest control professionals will use a multi-route approach to exterminating your German Roach infestation. The technicians will deploy gel baits or insecticidal powders in crevices and corners, targeting areas near water sources. Having a professional pest control technician for these cases ensures a thorough and effective strategy to rid your home of these pests.


German Roach Prevention

Prevent German cockroach infestations by maintaining a clean environment. Seal food in airtight containers, promptly clean spills, and dispose of garbage regularly. Seal entry points, such as cracks and gaps, and fix any leaks to eliminate water sources. Regularly clean and sanitize hidden areas like behind appliances. Implement these practices to create an inhospitable environment and reduce the risk of German roach presence in your home or business. Contact your local pest pros for other tips and possible treatments available to protect your home from invaders.


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