Pests of any kind inside your home is not good. Most people hate cockroaches and realize the dangers they carry. Some people call these cockroaches Palmetto Bugs, but thats just a broad term used for all types of cockroaches. Here in Southwest Florida there are 2 main types of cockroaches most people encounter, American Cockroaches and German Cockroaches. The American Cockroaches are large, approximately 3 inches long when fully grown and tend to prefer to be outdoors in warm, damp and dark locations. On the other hand, German Cockroaches are usually found in homes.
What Do They Look Like?
Adults are light brown and tan and have stripes immediately behind their head. The immature ones are black and get lighter as they mature. Adults are only about 1 inch in length. Unlike the American Cockroach, these do not like to fly and prefer to run when frightened, especially when the lights are turned on in a dark room.
How Did We Get Them?
Having german cockroaches in your home is not a sign of being dirty or having an unclean home. These small cockroaches do not live outside well and prefer to be in homes. For this reason, if you have German Cockroaches in your home, chances are they hitched a ride on something brought into your home. We had a client that unfortunately had and infestation after they were in a cardboard box full of strawberries from a local farmers market. Since these roaches reproduce 4-5 times faster than the larger American Cockroaches, it doesn’t take long for them to cause problems and become a bigger problem quickly.
Are German Cockroaches Dangerous?
Yes. They carry germs and can spread filth in homes. Since they seek out food and water in a home, they are often found in bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. You can image how gross it sounds to have a bug that has crawled around in a bathroom and then across your counter tops. They are known to cary all kinds a bacteria that can cause food poising, rashes and asthma attacks as well.
There is no time to waste if you spot any roaches in your house. With a mature German Cockroach laying 40 eggs at a time and over 200 in 3 months, it doesn’t take long to have a real problem. Give us a call and we can target treat your home with the right bait and the right amount to chemical to get rid of the roaches, while keeping your family safe.