Do They Cause Damage?
Roaches are a significant vector of bacteria, viruses and protozoa which are carried on the legs and contaminate food and utensils as the roaches forage for food. Heavy infestations can also aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma.
Do I Have An Infestation?
The first indication of a problem is usually sightings of insects or their droppings (an accumulation of a black ‘pepper-like’ material near or below cracks and crevices). Severe infestations can also be accompanied by a musty odor.
In homes and apartment, roaches are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms, but in severe infestations they can be found in any room. They are also a major pest of food processing and food service establishments.
German roaches have a preference for warm areas near food and moisture. In homes the can be found in kitchen cabinets, under sinks, near stoves, dishwashers, in small appliances, tables, chairs, and motor areas of refrigerators. In commercial settings they can be found in kitchens, storage areas, wait stations, bars, trash rooms, dining rooms and motor areas of equipment.
What Can Masters Touch Do?
Control begins with a thorough inspection to determine harborages and the extent of the infestation. Baiting is a very effective way to eliminate German Roaches but correct placement of the baits is critical to success. Insecticides and insect growth regulators are effective tools as well and are incorporated into the overall control strategy.
How Can You Help?
German Roaches are usually transported into structures in commodities and packaging. Careful inspection of purchased items and deliveries is your first line of defense. Keeping kitchens clean, cleaning up food debris and grease, repairing water leaks and reducing clutter can make areas less attractive and make it easier to spot problems in the early stages when they are easier to control.
Females carry their eggs in an egg cases attached to their abdomen until shortly before the eggs are ready to hatch. Egg cases can be dropped anywhere and contain 30-48 eggs. The eggs hatch into nymphs which resemble adults but will appear darker due to the lack of developed wings. Female lifespan is usually 20-30 weeks, so in one year, as many as 10,000 descendants can be produced!