If there was a poster child for pests, it would be the German cockroach. This invasive, dangerous, and sometimes destructive insect regularly invades homes around the world and is a prevalent problem here in Virginia Beach. If you have never heard of this pest or learned about the many issues they bring to area homes, here are some key things you should know and a detailed prevention guide to help you keep them out of your living areas.
What You Need To Know About The German Cockroach
The German cockroach is a species of roach found in America and is thought to have originated from Ethiopia in Northeast Africa. Now present all around the globe, this roach has made its name for being an invasive and problematic pest. One thing that makes this pest so challenging is its ability to sneak into homes. Like other area pests, German cockroaches look for gaps, cracks, and openings in the exterior of buildings to find their way inside. Unlike other area pests, however, the German cockroach is able to crawl into homes through sewer pipes, drains, and other forms of utility piping. It is not uncommon for these invasive bugs to use these typically underground tunnels to crawl from one building to another, meaning if your neighbors are having trouble with German cockroaches, you could be next.
The Threats German Cockroaches Pose
There are few pests as dangerous as cockroaches. The German roach specifically is able to spread over 33 different kinds of bacteria, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. That is a lot of ways for you, your family members, and your pets to get very sick. What makes things worse is that you don’t have to directly come in contact with one of these pests to get sick. The majority of diseases German cockroaches spread are transmitted through their fecal matter and the grime carried on their bodies. If they crawl over your countertops, into boxes of food, and on other areas that you touch, then you are at risk.
Why German Cockroaches Invade Area Homes
Most pests don’t have a preference where they live but go where the winds take them. German cockroaches, on the other hand, prefer living indoors where it is warm and safe and there are opportunities for food and water. As long as your living areas provide places to hide, a temperature-controlled environment, food, and moisture, they will want to invade.
Four Effective Prevention Tips To Keep German Cockroaches Out
Because of the variety of ways German cockroaches invade homes, encouraging them to stay outside is difficult. Keeping this in mind, here are four prevention tips that will help reduce your chances of finding these pests around your living areas.
- Search your home’s foundation and around window/door screens for gaps, cracks, and openings. Seal off these entry points using a caulking gun.
- Address moisture issues in and around your home by fixing broken gutters, repairing leaky pipes, and eliminating sources of water build-up.
- Keep your yard and home as clean as possible and store leftover food in airtight containers where cockroaches cannot access it.
- Tidy up storage areas and reduce clutter in and around your home.
The Benefits Of Professional Cockroach Control
There are many strategies that exist that help to deter German cockroaches. Only one is a guaranteed solution. By calling the professionals at Mosquito Elite Pest Control and scheduling on-going pest control for your home, you ensure your property remains cockroach-free, year-round. Find out today how pest-free looks on your Virginia Beach home.