German Cockroach Identification & Prevention

What are German cockroaches?

The German cockroach is the most common roach species living inside homes and businesses. They are adaptable creatures that, over time, have learned to live with people. Cockroaches are scavengers and survive on a variety of food and non-food items. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies with six legs covered in spines. German cockroaches are light brown or tan with two horizontal black stripes behind their heads. German cockroaches have wings but cannot fly; they move quickly and scatter when disturbed. Dallas, TX pest professionals can easily identify German cockroaches in your home and help keep them under control.

a german cockroach crawling on the floor inside of a home

Are German cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, German cockroaches are dangerous and destructive pests. Cockroaches carry disease-producing organisms like bacteria, human pathogens, and viruses on their body and legs, which they contaminate food and surfaces with when crawling on them. They also carry a variety of diseases that affect the gastric system, causing food poisoning, diarrhea, and dysentery. Additionally, German cockroaches produce foul-smelling secretions that affect the flavor of foods, and their excrement stains walls, floors, and clothing.

Why do I have a German cockroach problem?

German cockroaches are a species of cockroach that prefers an indoor lifestyle and often get in after hitchhiking their way inside in bags, boxes, used furniture, electronics, and luggage. They gravitate to properties that have open containers of trash, compost, and outdoor eating areas where they can feed. German cockroaches can become very problematic inside multi-unit buildings, because they will travel from unit to unit through walls using wires and pipes to guide them.

Where will I find German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are significant pests inside homes and businesses like restaurants, apartment buildings, hotels, grocery stores, schools, and other places where food is prepared and stored. They prefer dark, damp areas and will scurry away from light. They live in basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, hiding in drawers, cabinets, behind wall voids, underneath floors, and behind large appliances.

How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

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At Lonestar Safe Pest, we will work with you to eliminate pests from your property once and for all, using our modern pest control solutions. If you would like to learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control services, reach out to Lonestar Safe Pest today!

How can I prevent German cockroaches in the future?

Protect your Texas property from German cockroaches with a combination of our professional cockroach control services and our helpful prevention tips:

  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures and use dehumidifiers to get rid of excess moisture.
  • Seal up gaps or cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  • Make sure outdoor trash cans and compost bins have locking lids.
  • Remove trash from your home daily.
  • Get rid of clutter from your house where German cockroaches can hide.
  • Store all food, including pet food, in airtight containers or inside the refrigerator.
  • Inspect deliveries, used furniture, and appliances for cockroaches before bringing them inside.

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