With over 4000 different species of cockroaches in the world, there’s a lot to learn about this little creature. The problem is understanding where to start. Well, if you have encountered a cockroach anywhere in the world it’s probably not some exotic species because there’s an overwhelming chance it’s just one kind of cockroach: the German cockroach.
Here’s the lowdown on the German cockroach. Learn about it so you can use it as a tool in your arsenal to fight back against this brown, germ-riddled insect!
What Do German Cockroaches Look Like?
In general, a cockroach is flat, shaped like an oval, and has six legs. It also has a little pair of antennae on the front. A German cockroach can be anywhere from a 1/2 inch to 5/8 of an inch long and usually range in color from tan to light brown. They also have a distinguishing (as in easy to spot, not regal) pair of brown stripes down their back.
Where Do They Live?
German cockroaches aren’t picky – they don’t need four-star accommodations to be happy, simply a source of food and water to sustain them as they create hordes of baby cockroaches. They do prefer warm and humid environments and often find their way into your home on grocery bags, secondhand appliances or cardboard boxes.
What Do They Eat
Here’s the thing, when we say “food source” it may not be what you think of as food. Cockroaches are quite happy to live on things you wouldn’t, such as glue, soap, and toothpaste. That’s how they’ll survive nuclear war – they’ll eat just about anything.
Are They Dangerous?
This is the million dollar question because many bugs live among people and aren’t dangerous. The thing about cockroaches is that they most definitely are. They have been found to spread disease that they transfer to every surface they crawl on and you touch. To break it down for you, cockroaches have been found to spread:
- 6 kinds of parasitic worms
- 33 types of bacteria
- 7 other pathogens harmful to humans
When you throw in their droppings and saliva, you’re adding an additional danger. These things, including the decomposing bodies of cockroaches, can trigger asthma and allergies in humans, mostly in children. That makes them incredibly dangerous to share your home with, especially if you have kids.
How to Get Rid of Them
If you want to prevent an infestation, you need to take a few measures. First and foremost, keep your kitchen counters and floors clean. Cockroaches are attracted to food sources, so make sure you don’t keep trash around your home and vacuum as frequently as you can.
If you happen to find a cockroach in your house, then there will always be more. You should assume you have a problem that needs to be dealt with immediately. That’s why contacting a professional pest control company like Green Army is so important. We can use our knowledge and know-how to identify the kind of cockroach you have and get them out of your house safely.