The Secret To Effective German Cockroach Control In West Chester
May 28, 2021
There are certain things most people don’t want to let into their West Chester homes or businesses: door-to-door salespeople, tax auditors, or German cockroaches. But unfortunately for business and homeowners alike, German cockroach infestations can happen. Masters Touch Pest Solutions is here to let you in on the secrets to effective German cockroach control.
Unfortunately for all property owners, German cockroaches are common. Light brown in color, these cockroaches can be identified by the two black lines on their backs. They range from ½” to 5/8” in size. German cockroaches love to travel. They are famous for being transported from place to place in suitcases, shoe boxes, grocery bags, and storage boxes.
When they’re not hitching rides, German cockroaches are typically tucked away in dark corners and crevices. They love moisture and feed on just about any food, including each other! Their typical hangouts might be inside walls, between cabinets, in door frames, under sinks, and even inside appliances. Big groups of German cockroaches will congregate, reproducing exponentially in a short time. You might catch a musty stench if you have a cockroach infestation. Or, you may see little black specks of cockroach fecal matter.
The Problem with German Cockroaches
German cockroaches plague commercial properties. They strike terror into the hearts of hospital administrators and restaurant owners. Cockroaches, as they roam about, tramp through or eat trash, human waste, chemicals, and other dangerous toxins. When they transfer that to our food sources or living areas, German cockroaches can cause serious problems. German cockroaches are responsible for spreading over 33 illnesses like hepatitis, salmonella, and E. coli. Horror stories exist about German cockroaches crawling into patient mouths, hanging out in school childrens' lockers, and swimming in restaurant recipes.
What’s worse? German cockroaches are incredibly challenging to get rid of, even more so than other cockroaches. German cockroaches are highly adaptive to insecticides and chemical treatments. Adult cockroach bodies can genetically code a resistance. Many can avoid insecticides altogether, moving to a new location. And their egg casings are unaffected by treatments. Property owners may think they’re putting a dent in the cockroach population when, really, the cockroaches continue to breed.
Thinking about starving them or maiming them? Think again. Cockroaches can live for long periods with no food or water. They can grow back body parts, and they can even go without their own head for a while.
The Best Way To Handle German Cockroach Infestations
Because German cockroaches are hard to eliminate, professional assistance is the best way to deal with an infestation. Masters Touch Solutions uses effective methods for cockroach control. We offer ongoing services to keep cockroaches and pests of all kinds out of your home.
Prevention Tips To Avoid German Cockroach Infestations
We want to empower our customers to implement preventative measures to ward off German cockroaches in West Chester. Here are our four top tips to prevent German cockroaches.
1. Practice Good Sanitation.
German cockroaches love filth. Dirt, dust, crumbs, and food smears are all part of their diet. So, keeping your home tidy and clean can help ward off German cockroaches. Make it a practice to leave the dishpan and sink clean of dirty dishes. Vacuum, sweep, and wipe down the inside of appliances regularly. Empty the trash and recycling receptacles often.
2. Replace cardboard with plastics.
Cardboard attracts cockroaches, along with other bugs that are staples of the cockroach diet. Avoid cardboard for long-term storage and opt for plastics or other storage materials instead.
3.Tackle moisture issues.
Cockroaches love homes with lots of moisture. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp areas of your home like basements or bathrooms. Eliminate any leaks or standing water.
4. Seal up cracks and openings.
Do you have visible cracks inside your home where cockroaches can hide? Seal those up as much as possible with caulking and steel wool.
It is our passion to keep West Chester properties free from pests. Don’t forget to call Masters Touch Pest Solutions for all your pest control needs.