The German cockroach is one the most common food pests and because of their ability to adapt to new surroundings and conditions, are one of the
What do German cockroaches look like?
The picture shows the stages of the German cockroach from the egg case, nymph stages to the adult insect. The colour varies from tan to almost black with two dark, almost parallel streaks on the sides of its thorax. Cockroaches have wings but don’t fly although they may glide if they are disturbed. The adults are usually 1/2″ to 5/8″ long.
How do they breed?
The German cockroach is one of the fastest breeders of residential cockroaches growing from egg to reproductive adult in roughly 50 – 60 days. The adult female, once fertilized, creates an internal egg case containing between 18 – 50 eggs (average 32) that eventually protrudes from the tip of her abdomen and changes to a darkened colour. The female can produce four to six egg cases in her lifetime. The nymphs (about the size of the head of a pin) emerge from the egg case once it has detached from the female. These black nymphs will then go through 6 or 7 stages to become the adult cockroach. The average lifespan of the adult cockroach is around 200 days.
What do they eat?
Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers meaning they will eat almost anything. Food is their weakness…if they can’t find food or water, they will leave or die. They are particularly attracted to meat, starches, sugars and fatty foods. In famine conditions, they will turn to soap, glue, toothpaste or become cannibalistic, chewing on each other’s wings and legs. Cockroaches thrive in a kitchen that offers open garbage, unwashed dishes or pots and pans, food spills on counters and stove,
How did I get cockroaches?
Like bed bugs, cockroaches are hitchhikers coming into your home on used appliances, cardboard boxes and grocery bags or anything that they can hide in. They have even been known to hide in the TV boxes you receive from your cable provider. It is also possible there may have been eggs on food that have been purchased from the supermarket or restaurant.
I haven’t seen any so I probably don’t have them.
False. No one is programmed to start looking for evidence of cockroach infestations. In the case of mice, seeing a dropping on the counter, floor or inside a closet should be
Cockroaches can cause health risks.
True. You have no idea what cockroaches have been walking on before crawling on your dishes, cutlery, counters and food. You probably wouldn’t eat food that you knew had flies land on…so treat cockroaches the same. Medical studies have shown that cockroaches have spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of
Can the infestation spread?
As was mentioned,
Do cockroaches bite?
True. As was mentioned, cockroaches will eat meat and there have been accounts of them eating human flesh. Unlike bed bugs who need to bite in order to survive, the German cockroach may bite the fingers or toes,
Preparation by the tenant or home owner
- completely clean the kitchen including any food spills in the cupboards, on the stove, counters and floors
- wash all dishes and put away leftover food
- garbage must be contained in a garbage can that has a tight-fitting lid
The treatment does not utilize any chemicals that would force cockroaches to other parts of the home and introduce health risks. There is a “one-time” price which includes:
- inspection of the home
- treatment of the kitchen or where food is found
- three follow up visits
- special price for treating homes or suites that are vacant
- special price for proactive treatment
- Special offer for inspecting homes prior to moving in that would detect any pest issues present
- Disinfection service for rooms of the home after the cockroach issue is gone upon request