German Cockroaches

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What do German cockroaches look like?

German cockroaches are common urban pests that are light tan to brown in color; they have fully developed wings but do not fly. This type of roach in New York is about half of an inch in length and has dark parallel lines running from the back of their heads to their wings.

 

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Are German Cockroaches dangerous?

German Cockroaches do not bite or sting. They do feed and live in areas that harbor dangerous bacteria such as sewers, garbage disposals, and dumpsters. Unfortunately, roaches carry the bacteria they pick up are carried on their bodies to homes and businesses in New York. This can result in contaminated food and food prep surfaces, which can cause vomiting, fever, diarrhea and even transmit Salmonella. Also their feces and shed skins can cause severe asthma attacks in people especially young children.

Why do I have a German cockroach problem?

Though they prefer a moist, warm environment, any home or business can fall victim to a German cockroach infestation as these pests forage for food and water. Their main food source is generally garbage that is found in and around homes and businesses. For homeowners, German cockroaches can be introduced on store bought products.

How do you get rid of German cockroaches?

At Thomas Pest Services, we are ready to help you get rid of cockroaches in your home. Our residential pest control services in the Capital District and Adirondack region are designed to eliminate pests. We also offer commercial pest control services for facilities plagued by pests including roaches. Contact us today to find out how our Albany pest control pros can help!

German cockroach prevention tips

To prevent German cockroaches from infesting, you should:

  • Routinely remove garbage from your home, store it outside in a container with a tight fitting lid until garbage day.

  • Keep food stored in the refrigerator or sealed containers.

  • Immediately sweep up crumbs and clean up spills.

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

  • Inspect bags, boxes and packages for signs of cockroaches before bringing them inside.

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

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