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German Cockroach Control: Everything You Need to Know

It’s a common misconception that German Cockroaches only infest dirty homes. This pest hitches a ride into your home in a grocery bag, take out, or a delivery from your favorite retailer. Once they get in your home, they make themselves at home in a dark comfortable place, and reproduce until you finally start seeing them. Even the cleanest homes can have a German Cockroach Infestation.

Do You Need Help With German Cockroaches?

How are German Cockroaches a Pest?

Most people first see German Cockroaches in their kitchen.  They’re very flat insects that feel the most comfortable when they’re in a crack or crevice, with a solid structure touching them on their top and bottom.

Germans love damp places with easy access to food, which is why you usually find them in your kitchen.  If it’s a bad infestation and they’re competing for space, you’ll also find them in your bathroom.

Cockroaches leave behind feces and other debris that don’t just look gross, but can contribute to breathing problems like Asthma and COPD.  They can also be responsible for spreading germs around your home.

How to Deal With German Cockroaches in Your Home

All insects require food, water and shelter to survive, and German Cockroaches are not an exception.  One of the keys to getting rid of an infestation is to remove their access to food and water, but that’s easier said than done.  The German Cockroach can survive on almost anything, including the crumbs that make their way under your cabinets or the glue that holds your shelves together.  Even if you eliminate their food sources, they’ll eat other dead cockroaches, shed egg pouches, etc.  They’re impossible to starve.

Should You Spray Insecticides?

Your local home store sells dozens of spray products, foggers, etc. that claim to get rid of cockroaches, but inevitably 30-60 days later they’re back.  These products may kill 95% of your infestation, but the 5% that survive just go into hiding, reproduce, and you’re back where you started.  Sprays & Foggers make your infestation less visible, but they don’t eradicate the entire population.

What’s The Best Way To Get Rid of German Cockroaches?

A successful treatment of German Cockroaches depends on killing the adults, and the babies, and often takes 30-60 days of targeted treatments & monitoring.

We use professional level baits and insect growth regulators to kill cockroaches at all stages of their development.  We may use a non-repellent spray on some infestations, but have found that bait that they love to eat is the best strategy to eliminate a cockroach colony.