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German roaches

What do German roaches look like?

German roaches are the most common species of cockroach. German roaches have an oval body shape, and are a light tan to brown color. They have fully developed wings but do not fly, instead they run quickly to wherever they need to go. Adults are about 1/2 of an inch in length and have distinctive dark parallel lines running from the back of their heads to their wings.

Are German roaches dangerous?

German roaches do not bite or sting but they are considered to be a dangerous pest and should be eliminated from your home as quickly as possible. Before coming into your house they were living in disease ridden places like sewers, dumpsters, and garbage disposals. German cockroaches carry bacteria on their legs and body and introduce it into your home and contaminate your food, counters, plates, and utensils.

German cockroaches can spread salmonella, and other diseases that can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Their shed feces and skins can trigger asthma attacks in people, particularly young children.

German roach on counter

German Roaches   |  Blattella germanica

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Why do I have German roaches?

German roaches prefer to live in places that provide a warm moist environment, which is why they are most commonly found in kitchen and bathroom areas. Once inside your home they can travel very easily through its pipes and plumbing systems. German roaches are attracted to garbage that may be stored outside of homes, and will then enter inside to search for food and water. German roaches can also get into homes through packages that are sent to it, in secondhand appliances, or from products that you purchase from the store.

How do I get rid of German roaches?

The best way to get rid of a problem with German roaches is to call a professional pest control expert. Here at Hoffers, our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge that you need to find all the German roaches living in your home and quickly eliminate them.

If German roaches have invaded your home contact the pros here at Hoffer's today for more information about how our residential pest control services can safely remove German roaches from your house!

German roach prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control plan to control German roaches here are some steps that you can take to help prevent them from choosing your home to invade:

  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation and caulk gaps around windows and doors.

  • Don’t let garbage build up in your home. Remove it regularly and store it outside in a container with a locking lid until garbage day.

  • Keep food stored in the refrigerator or sealed containers.

  • Immediately pick up crumbs and clean up spills.

  • Fix leaky pipes, faucets, and fixtures, and install de-humidifiers in the high humidity areas of your home.

  • Inspect packages for signs of cockroaches before bringing them inside. Inspect products before purchasing from the store.

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