German Cockroaches

Blattella germanica
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What do German cockroaches look like?

german cockroach infestation in new jersey home

Adult German cockroaches are light brown or tan in color and have two distinctive black stripes running horizontally behind their head.

German cockroaches grow to between ½ and 5/8th of an inch in length; the abdomen of the female is broader than that of the male. German cockroaches are winged, but they would rather than run where they need to travel instead of fly.

Are German cockroaches dangerous?

German cockroaches are very dangerous to have invading your home; allergens from German cockroaches can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks in people, especially in young children. Before entering into your home these pests are crawling through garbage, excrement, and sewage; because of this German cockroaches carry and spread dangerous bacteria, human pathogens, and parasitic worms from their bodies and legs.

Inside of homes German cockroaches contaminate food sources, utensils, dishes, and food prep areas with bacteria and pathogens.

Why do I have a German cockroach problem?

German cockroaches can enter into homes through small cracks and crevices in the foundation and through spaces found underneath of doors. However, these cockroaches are most often introduced into homes accidentally in cardboard boxes, used appliances, grocery bags, and other types of deliveries. These roaches like warm, humid places that are close to food and moisture sources; inside they are often found invading kitchens and bathrooms in large numbers.

Can I control German cockroaches?

German cockroaches can enter inside in large numbers, are difficult to control, and spread very dangerous bacteria and diseases; the best defense against these dangerous pests is to contact a professional pest control expert at the first signs of their presence in your home. The pest control professionals at Arrow Pest Control have the training, knowledge and products needed to quickly find and eliminate all German cockroach adults, eggs, and nymphs that are located in your home through our residential service options. If German cockroaches have decided to invade your New Jersey home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control today learn more about our cockroach control solutions!

How do I make my property less attractive to German cockroaches?

There are several steps that you can take to help prevent German cockroaches from hitchhiking their way inside of your New Jersey home.

  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures and make sure that gutters are clear and directing water away from your home to help reduce moisture levels.
  • Inspect packages and bags before bringing them into your home.
  • Inspect used furniture and appliances before purchasing them and bringing them inside.
  • Quickly clean up spills and crumbs, routinely wash dirty dishes, regularly remove trash from your home, and clean-up behind appliances and furniture.
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