What To Do About German Cockroaches On Your Sacramento Property

September 15, 2021

Here in Sacramento, we have the pleasure of enjoying an abundance of sunshine, green outdoors, and delightful places to dine out. However, we still suffer from an influx of cockroaches. Though we experience different cockroach species, today we're going to discuss the German cockroach.

german cockroach in kitchen

German Cockroach Basics

German cockroaches are small, about ½ inch long. They are easily identified by the two dark brown stripes on the front of their light to dark brown bodies. Nymphs have two dark brown stripes over the whole of their bodies. German cockroaches are most often found in the kitchen and bathroom. These areas have easy access to food and water. Cockroaches forage at night and stay hidden during the day.

German Cockroach Lifecycle

German cockroaches cannot survive outside your Sacramento home, so they are rarely seen outside. As cockroaches go, the German cockroach is a better mother than most. She lays her eggs in an ootheca or purse-like case. It holds about three dozen eggs. She carries the egg case with her until it is about to hatch or hatches. Once the German cockroach nymphs are hatched, they are on their own. The mother provides no further care. It takes 2-6 months for the cockroaches to grow up and become adults. Once an adult, the German cockroach lives about nine months. German cockroaches can quickly build up to a huge problem.

The Dangers Associated With German Cockroaches In Your Sacramento Home

German cockroaches frequently walk through spoiled food and sewage. They then walk through your food. This can spread things like Salmonella and E. coli onto the food they crawl across. In addition, they leave an unpleasant taste and smell on the food they have crawled on.
German cockroaches can cause asthma to get worse, especially in a child. The feces and cast skins can cause asthma and allergies. In one study, children who are allergic to cockroaches and lived where there was a high level of cockroach reside had three times as many hospitalizations as other children.

Unfortunately, German cockroaches are difficult to control. They have developed resistance to many common pesticides. Because of their small size, they can hide in small cracks when pesticides are used, and so come out unscathed. They are hard to poison with bait, too, as they develop an aversion to it.

How To Prevent German Cockroaches

Sanitation is the biggest thing to keep from getting German cockroaches. Good sanitation does not always prevent German cockroaches, but bad sanitation definitely invites them. Here are some tips. 

  • Repair water leaks or condensation sites promptly. 

  • Put all food in the refrigerator, freezer, or bugproof containers. 

  • Clean up spills promptly. 

  • Wash dishes soon after they are dirty – don't leave them in the sink overnight where cockroaches can feed off them. 

  • Vacuum all food crumbs under and behind appliances and in cabinets.

  • Get rid of clutter that provides cockroaches cover. 

  • Clean bathrooms regularly. 

  • Line your trashcan with plastic bags so food residue doesn’t accumulate on the sides of the container. 

  • Do not leave recyclables in the house as cockroaches love cardboard. 

  • Make sure your trashcan and recycle bin have tight-fitting lids and make sure they stay on the containers.

A German cockroach adult can get through a crack that is only 1/8th inch wide, and the nymphs can get through smaller cracks. Seal all cracks and crevices with caulk. Seal around pipes and wires coming into the house.

Get Professional Help From The Experts At Proserv Pest Management

Once German cockroaches have infested your house, they are almost impossible to get rid of yourself. Call Proserv Pest Management for help. When you call, we will send out a licensed technician to talk with you and inspect your home. The technician will share their findings with you and discuss a plan to kill the German cockroaches and prevent future invasions. Once you approve the plan, we will treat the home. Regular follow-ups make sure the cockroaches do not return. Reach out to us today to learn more about pest control services! 

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