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German Cockroach

Ant
Light Brown
Color
1/2 - 5/8" long
Size
6
Legs
Very Not
Danger
SCHEDULE MY INSPECTION German cockroaches are mostly found indoors and are found all over the world. They prefer to be in the humid areas of a home such as kitchens and bathrooms, but anywhere with moisture will do. They are a light brown color with two horizontal black stripes. Most of these roaches grow to be about 1/2"-5/8" long and in their early stages are almost black in color until they develop to become adults. As they grow, they will also develop wings, however, they do not fly as much as they run. German roaches most commonly enter a home when residence move in bags or boxes that are infested with roaches. Other times, roaches come in to homes through sewage systems and pipes. When they do this, germs attach to their bodies and legs. When these pests enter homes, they look for food sources and will eat anything from your bag of chips to the toothpaste in your bathroom.  

Preventing Cockroach Infestation

When the temperatures outside start to cool down, there is a need for warmer conditions for cockroaches. They want some place that will provide them warmth, moisture and plenty of food. Guess where they can get all of that and more? You guessed it; inside your homes! The best possible sources of food and shelter they can find are present in your home, which makes it the perfect place for them to make their new hideouts. Once they find their way inside your home, they will settle in. They will start breeding so fast that you will never even see the cockroach infestation coming. A home that has zero cockroaches can go from zero to a hundred in a matter of weeks. Then you have a problem that is next to impossible to take care of. The biggest problem with cockroaches is not the fact that they look ugly and are there in sheer numbers. They are considered some of the worst pests to have because they potentially carry health risks for everybody in the family. When you have a cockroach infestation in your home, there are a host of problems that you can have. People with asthmatic problems will feel their symptoms even more if there is a cockroach infestation. This is because these critters leave behind their broken off limbs and droppings all over the house. They are notorious for carrying a lot of diseases. E. Coli and Salmonella happen to be the worst two. These are just a couple of over 30 different diseases that a cockroach can potentially transmit to your food as they nibble on it. The need to prevent a fully fledged cockroach infestation cannot be emphasized enough. To make matters even worse, getting rid of cockroaches is not an easy task. This is not the kind of problem you can deal with using a simple over-the-counter fogger or spray. You need professional help. There are some effective measures that you can take to keep the cockroach infestation under control. It will help you help us take care of the cockroach infestation. At Pointe Pest Control, cockroach infestations are something we specialize in dealing with. Until you call us to permanently rid your home of these pestilent creatures, here are the things you can do to keep the outbreak from going too far.   Sealing the Entry The best way to prevent a cockroach infestation is to not grant them entry in the first place. They are tiny and sleek when they are young so it is not very difficult for cockroaches to find their way inside through cracks. If there are any cracks, crevices or openings in your home, you need to use caulk and sealants to block them off. It is an effective preventative measure for cockroach infestations and other pests as well. Anything and everything that can give them easy access needs to be sealed. Also look for gaps where the plumbing and gas line pipes come into your home. Close them up.   Remove Water Sources Cockroach infestations happen in places where there is food and plenty of water. This is why you need to remove any and all sources of water which are freely available for them. There are several places where moisture can accumulate. This is the reason why you will find cockroaches in your kitchen and bathroom most of the time. Keep all the water fixtures closed properly and regularly wipe all the surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen. Any leaks in the faucets and plumbing need to be taken care of immediately.   Store Food Properly Cockroaches are able to make a good meal out of anything. You need to minimize their possible sources of food however you can. This means you should store all the food in your kitchen in sealed containers. You do not want them spreading the diseases to the food you eat and storing your food in sealed containers will help prevent that. This is also a good measure to keep the cockroach infestation under control. When cockroaches do not get enough food and water, they will not reproduce as fast as they are capable of.   Clean Kitchen Cleanliness is a virtue. They say that for a reason. Everybody gets the craving for some midnight snacks from time to time. It is also during that time the cockroaches come out in numbers. While you may just see a couple of them during day time, there are plenty more you will see scurrying off when you turn on the light in the middle of the night. Cockroaches are not picky about what they eat. They will eat anything from small crumbs to hair and nails lying around in your home. This is why you need to keep a clean and tidy kitchen. Make sure that you wipe all the surfaces clean after every meal every day. This will not eliminate the cockroaches. They won't die of starvation but it will minimize their population growth to some degree. When it comes to containing the cockroach infestation, every little bit will help.   Getting Rid of Cockroaches for Good Pointe Pest Control has been in the business of eliminating pests for over a decade now. Over the years, we have perfected the art of dealing with cockroaches using the safest possible methods. If you want to get rid of cockroaches for good, we are the people you need to call in. Our experts will come in to examine the extent of the problem. Once we know how bad the cockroach infestation is, our technicians will work on a plan to wipe them out. One of the best things about Pointe Pest Control is the fact that we keep your convenience a priority. The pest control solution we will come up with is going to be tailor-made for you. It also goes to say that our services also come with a guarantee. If any of these critters still pop up once we are done with the job, our technicians will come to your place again for free until the job is done and you are completely satisfied. Feel free to contact any of our offices for more information.

Signs of Infestation:

A german cockroach infestation could potentially be harmful to you and your family as they carry many germs and diseases. One of the signs to look out for are droppings that are similar to the size and color of pepper. These pepper-like droppings are most often found in darker areas particularly in drawers or cabinets. Another thing you might find near droppings are egg capsules. With the combination of droppings and egg capsules, you will also begin to smell a foul odor. It may smell musty especially if there is a large colony living amongst you. If you let german cockroaches take over your home, they have the power to contaminate everything they touch. They could even change the flavor of foods if they get into it.

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