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German Cockroaches


About German Cockroaches

German Cockroaches can be found in FL. They can be recognized by the two dark, longitudinal stripes on the shield at the front of the body under which the head is located. The German cockroach is the most prolific breeder among all cockroaches. Each egg capsule can contain up to 40 eggs and development from egg to adult can occur in as little as 45 days. Like all cockroaches, they are omnivorous and will eat virtually anything people will and many things we won’t.

German Cockroaches Habitat

In homes, German Cockroaches will first locate themselves in bathrooms and the kitchen, as close as possible to food and moisture sources. They spend about 80 percent of its time resting in cracks and voids.

German Cockroaches Threats

German cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Germs that German cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage are protected while in their bodies and may remain infective for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight and air. Recent medical studies have shown that German cockroach allergens cause a lot of allergic reaction and in some cases asthma. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies of German cockroaches.

German Cockroaches Treatment and Pest Control

The pest control and treatment of German cockroaches takes persistence and experience. Due to their small size, and their ability to procreate rapidly, homes and other structures get infested quickly. Do-it-yourself methods have very little effect on German Cockroaches. A professional pest control company will treat your home or other structure using bait products.  Their pest control strategy should also include doing a full review of the structure, and addressing any pathways the German cockroaches use to get inside, and move around.

Pest Identification


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