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The Key To Total German Cockroach Control For Your Nashville Home

June 16, 2022

German cockroaches are awful to have in your home. Even if you haven't heard of this specific roach species before, the fact remains that they are one of the most common home-invading pests in the area and throughout the country. German cockroaches are the most prevalent cockroach, and despite their relatively small size, they pose many health risks.

Because these roaches are widespread and potentially dangerous, it's wise to take steps to prevent them before they become an issue. This guide by Cima Solutions will help you learn all you need to know about total German cockroach control.

How To Identify A German Cockroach

Like all cockroaches, German cockroaches have six legs, a pair of antennae, and wings. Their wings lay flat on their backs, and they rarely fly.

But, you can tell German cockroaches apart from other species in the area by their coloration and size. German cockroaches are light brown and have two black stripes that run vertically behind their heads. They are also smaller than many other Nashville cockroaches, at only about half an inch in length.

Why German Cockroaches Are So Dangerous

While many cockroaches, such as the oriental cockroach, mostly live outside, German cockroaches have adapted to live alongside humans. They usually aren't found far from our buildings, and they are adept at surviving on the tiny bits of food and waste we leave behind.

German cockroaches spread various illnesses, including salmonella, dysentery, and gastroenteritis. German cockroaches spend a lot of time on rotten, decaying items, whether old garbage, sewage, or even dead animals. They will carry the pathogens they pick up from these items to wherever they go next. They love to invade food sources, so they often infest what you intend to eat.

Why Cockroaches Find Their Way Into Our Homes

German cockroaches often spread from home to home on the items we bring with us. They can get into cardboard boxes or on secondhand items such as furniture, appliances, and clothing. They can also make their way outside, although German cockroaches aren't as likely as other species to live for long outdoors.

These roaches are also small enough to slip through many entry areas. They can fit through even tiny cracks and crevices in the walls and foundation of your house, and they often fall through broken screens in doors and windows. 

While these roaches are tricky to deter completely using DIY methods, there are a few steps you can take to prevent them, such as:

  • Cleaning up excess clutter around the home, especially in damp, dark areas like closets or basements.
  • Getting rid of humidity issues by fixing leaky plumbing.
  • Removing entry points into the house with caulk or foam insulation. You can also install weather stripping and door sweeps.
  • Wiping up food and drink spills right away as even small messes can attract these pests. 

While these steps can help, the only way to get complete cockroach control is to contact professionals for ongoing protection.

Call The Pros At The First Sign Of German Cockroaches In Your Home

German cockroaches are one of the most invasive and dangerous pests around. It's not worth trying to remove them using DIY traps and products as they will only remove some of the roaches. Instead of wasting your time and money on the removal process, let our team of professionals handle these awful pests effectively. Call the Cima Solutions team today to request a quote or book a home pest control, commercial pest control or specialty service from our Nashville pest control technicians.