While just about every urban area in the world has some type of cockroach, here in Washington D.C., one of our primary roach problems is the German cockroach. The German cockroach is the most common cockroach on Earth, and our area is no exception. Smaller than both American and Oriental cockroaches, the German cockroach can nonetheless be an even bigger issue than these other roach species because they reproduce more quickly, hide better, and are more likely to come indoors. Let’s talk about how to keep these annoying, gross pests out of your house.
What Do German Cockroaches Look Like?
German cockroaches are smaller than some of the other roaches you might see in the D.C. metro area – only about 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long. Like other roaches, they have six legs, long antennae, and a set of long wings that start at the rear of the head and cover their entire backs. What really distinguishes a German cockroach is the pair of nearly parallel dark stripes that runs down their head. These stripes stand out against their light brown to tan bodies.
What Diseases Do German Cockroaches Spread?
All cockroaches are infamous for their propensity to spread serious – potentially fatal – illnesses. German cockroaches love to live in warm, moist places, and they’re not at all picky about where they set up shop. Anything from a sewer to a rotting corpse to a dumpster or compost pile can make an attractive hangout spot for roaches. When they come traipsing into your home from one of these places, they bring all sorts of pathogenic stowaways with them. German cockroaches spread everything from salmonella to E. coli to dysentery and possibly even bubonic plague! All in all, these roaches are known or suspected to spread over 40 different kinds of viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens.
What’s worse is German cockroaches are often a lot more severe than other roach infestations. Everyone knows the old euphemism “for every roach you see, there are fifty you don’t,” and that goes double for the German cockroach. Unlike American cockroaches (also commonly called palmetto bugs), German cockroaches like to live indoors rather than outside. They also breed faster than many other roach species, meaning one or two individuals can quickly balloon into a massive infestation.
What Are Signs Of German Cockroaches?
Since German cockroaches are good at scurrying out of sight, you might not see a live roach even if you have a severe problem. However, roaches aren’t exactly neat freaks, so even if you don’t see them, you’ll see the mess they leave behind. German cockroaches want warmth, moisture, and easy access to food and hiding places. That means they’re most likely to be found in your kitchen, but they can also be found in bathrooms, basements, crawlspaces, etc. Look for signs like:
- Roach Droppings, these look like fine coffee grounds
- Roach Egg Capsules, eggs that come in a tiny pill rather than individually
- Smear marks left by roaches crawling through water
- Foul or musty odor present when roaches infest in large numbers
What Can I Do About German Cockroaches?
Unfortunately, roaches’ ability to withstand just about any catastrophe isn’t all that exaggerated. By the time sticky traps catch them, they’ve likely already replaced themselves a hundred times over. Even worse, they’re resistant to a lot of poisons and chemical pesticides. That’s why you’ll need professional help to deal with a German cockroach infestation.
Here at Pest Czar, customer satisfaction is our #1 goal. We offer eco-friendly treatment options at affordable prices, free re-services as necessary, and cockroach control plans tailored to your needs rather than our sales goals. So give us a call at (855) 273-0517 or visit our contact page to schedule your inspection today!