So you wake up in the middle of the night with the munchies. You get out of bed and head down the hall to the kitchen, careful not to wake your spouse or kids. You reach the kitchen, flip on the light and BAM!!! German roaches are scattering everywhere!! They are on the counter, the walls, the cabinets and you’re pretty sure you just saw some running into the toaster!!
There are few pests that give people the heebie-jeebies the way that German roaches do. These little buggers are totally disgusting. During their evening of buffet dining in your home, it would not be at all uncommon for a single roach to look for food in the toilet, on your toothbrush, in the garbage disposal, and inside the pantry. They are not picky eaters, so you should expect that if roaches are moving through a structure, they are spreading germs as they go.
However, the real problem with German roaches is not just their poor eating habits; it’s also their unbelievable biological potential. The average female German roach will lay about thirty eggs in a little package. She’ll carry this around until the young are ready to hatch. That same female will lay about five batches of eggs, which means her reproductive capacity is about 150 young.
And that’s not the worst part!
Most roaches take a full year to reach adulthood. You have twelve months to kill them before they have the chance to add to the population. German roaches reach sexual maturity in three months. That means that you will get four generations of egg-laying females in the time that it takes another species to produce one. The rate of reproduction grows exponentially with each generation. In other words, it is not even slightly difficult for a single female cockroach to start the creation of hundreds of thousands of roaches in a single year!!
Attacking a German roach issue as soon as possible is key!
Don’t allow these unwelcome invaders a chance to turn your home into theirs. The first step to eradication is to eliminate their potential food source. This means clean everywhere! Under the stove, behind the fridge, and even the dishwasher. Be careful not to leave crumbs lying around for them to feed on. The cleaner your home the less likely you are to have an infestation get out of control.
Next is baiting. Using a slow-acting pesticide bait that the roaches can feed on and take back to their nesting sites and feed to their young that you may never be able to reach otherwise.
Finally stopping the roaches at their source is critical. German roaches generally ride into your home on something you bring in. Boxes of produce, deliveries sent from a warehouse, or take out from a restaurant that is less than virgil in their roach control.
While difficult, control of this pest can be achieved. We recommend not tackling this invasion on your own and getting a local professional involved as soon as possible!