German Roaches are the most widespread and difficult cockroaches to control.
Few pests conjure up such strong feelings of distress, embarrassment and disgust as do cockroaches. Chemical control seems the obvious solution, and is still a common sight. This method is not always necessary as some domestic cockroach problems can be controlled without reliance on pesticides.
Cockroaches have changed little over the last 280 million years, and are often associated with unclean environments and as potential vectors of disease. There is limited proof that cockroaches are involved in the transfer of human pathogens, however recent research suggests a link with allergies such as asthma.
Inside a home, German roaches can quickly reach infestation sizes if gone untreated or if they are treated improperly.
Close, warm, moist environments are perfect for cockroaches, so underneath refrigerators, near plumbing systems and in any cracks and crevices are where they are most likely to be found. They like to travel around the edges of rooms and other objects, so placement of traps should be along these routes. Traps should be out for at least a week to get a reliable indication of the problem. Cockroaches seek cover during the daytime and are most active at night.
Good hygiene practice is essential in the control of cockroaches, as is the reduction of access to food and water. Food should be kept in airtight storage jars and any crumbs or waste should be cleared up straight away. The same applies to household refuse-bins with snap on lids will go a long way in controlling other pests such as ants and flies. Cockroaches can survive longer on just water as opposed to just food so reducing supplies to water is essential in controllingcock roach populations. Fix any leaks and sweating pipes, provide ventilation to moist areas, mop up any spillage’s, do not leave washing up soaking overnight and empty any pet bowls over night.
German Cockroach Features
- 12 – 15 mm long
- Brown with 2 dark stripes on thorax
- The wings are as long as the body or slightly overlapping in bothsexes
- Runs and climbs (sticky pads on the feet)
Lifecycle of a German Cockroach
- Females carry 35 – 40 eggs in an ootheca (egg case) until they are ready to hatch.
- Hatch in 1 month.
- Nymphs take between 6 weeks to 6 months to develop into adults.
Habits of a German Cockroach
- Frequents heated buildings, often kitchens and ships. Prefers high temperatures and humidities.
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