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Pest Spotlight: How To Get Rid Of German Roaches In Nashville

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When it comes to cockroach pests, no roach can compete with German cockroaches. They are the most distributed and hard-to-control cockroaches in the world. So, it is no wonder they're hard to eliminate in Nashville homes. Have you seen a German cockroach in your home? Would you know one if you saw one? Today, we're going to spotlight this pest. We'll help you with cockroach identification, tell you why German cockroaches are bad to have in your home, explain how to get rid of cockroaches, and tell you how to keep them from coming back. Before we start, you should know that cockroach control isn't easy, particularly with these pests. All-natural methods are easy to understand but hard to implement. Cockroach control products are easy to implement but hard to understand. DIY cockroach treatments often end up turning into long, drawn-out, and frustrating ordeals. Keep in mind that CIMA Solutions is always available to help if you get overwhelmed. We offer German cockroach treatments and general cockroach pest control in Nashville. We can guide you in selecting appropriate services. With that said, let's take a look at these unique roaches.

Are These German Cockroaches In My House?

It is important to properly identify German cockroaches because they are far worse than other cockroaches—in terms of control. What do we mean? There are other cockroach pests that are worst than German cockroaches as unsanitary pests. For example, oriental cockroaches are exceedingly gross. If you see these black roaches in your home, you definitely need to roll your sleeves up and apply exclusion work to keep them out. It is also a good idea to deep clean and remove habitats that attract oriental roaches. But, in terms of control difficulty, oriental roaches aren't so bad. They don't like living in homes because human dwellings are too dry and far too clean for them. German roaches don't mind how we keep our homes. They can tolerate dry conditions, sanitized environments, and food scarcity.

Okay, so how do you identify German cockroaches?

  • German cockroaches begin life as insects. They don't start out as grubs, caterpillars, maggots, or some other kind of bug. They are six-legged roaches when they hatch.
  • A newly hatched German cockroach is black. Yup. Just like an oriental cockroach, so it can cause some confusion when you only see a nymph and not the adult roaches in your home. But it doesn't have to be confusing. You just need to know that oriental cockroach nymphs aren't black. They're a sickly yellow color. They don't turn black until they get older. If you see a tiny black roach, it is most likely a German cockroach. 
  • As a German cockroach nymph develops, an orange line will run down the center of the insect, making it look like it is stripped (or banded). If you know that we also have brown-banded cockroaches in our area, you may get confused. Fortunately, the bands on a brown-banded cockroach run horizontal on the body. The bands on a German cockroach run the length of the roach. It is easy to tell these roaches apart.
  • When a German cockroach reaches its adult stage, it grows wings. The wings cover the black and orangish-tan coloration of the roach's body and leave only a small mark between the head and wings that looks like a black equal sign.

Now that you know what German cockroaches look like, you should also know that these roaches typically stay hidden. You'll have to use a flashlight to search for them in dark voids and tight spaces within your home. But we highly recommend doing the search if you think you may have these pests. Let's look at why. 

How Are German Cockroaches Harmful To My Health?

Pest cockroaches are unsanitary. While they vary in degrees of poor hygiene, you shouldn't allow any pest roaches to live in your home. 

German cockroaches aren't the dirtiest of roaches, but they are definitely dirty. The reason they aren't as dirty as oriental cockroaches or American cockroaches is connected to their desire to live indoors. It is harder for German roaches to find foul things indoors. Oriental and American roaches have no trouble getting dirty because they explore outdoor spaces. They crawl on, and climb inside, trash receptacles, sewer culverts, compost piles, decaying animals, dog droppings, and other nasty things.

There are several ways cockroaches can impact your health. Here are the facts you should know:

  • Cockroaches pick up germs and spread them around your kitchen. Roaches climb on cutting boards, dishes, silverware, and other things.
  • Cockroaches pick up germs and spread them to your pantry foods. Roaches can chew through cardboard and paper to enter your food items.
  • Cockroaches pick up germs and bring them into your bathroom. In fact, they move germs around in your bathroom. All we'll say is they are dirty insects that are known to eat toothpaste. We'll let you connect the dots.
  • Cockroaches feed on feces, which makes their feces a source of pathogens. They are known to spread at least seven pathogens that impact human health.
  • Cockroaches touch dirty things and then shed their exoskeletons. When these skins dry in air ducts, they can become airborne. Studies show that cockroach infestations in urban areas lead to an increase in hospitalizations for asthma-related symptoms.
  • Cockroaches touch dirty things and can cause rashes when they crawl on the skin of sleeping people.
  • Cockroaches don't prefer to bite people but they can bite by accident when they feed on dead skin. Wounds often become infected because of the microorganisms on the exoskeletons of roaches.
  • Cockroaches can cause conjunctivitis when they crawl on the eyes of sleeping people, which they tend to do when they feed on dead skin cells in eyelashes and eyebrows.    

The many ways cockroaches can make you sick are disturbing to think about, and we're sorry for that. But you should know that roaches are also linked to how you can manage cockroaches. When you work hard to keep your home clean, protect your food, guard your toothbrush, and take other steps, you can reduce the risk of illness.

What's The Fastest Way To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches?

In light of the many ways German cockroaches can make you sick, it is best to get rid of them expeditiously. What is the fastest way? Contact a licensed pest control service provider and request a German cockroach treatment to get rid of the cockroaches in your home. That is the fastest way. A licensed technician will use a multi-pronged strategy to deal with these resilient pests and evaluate the success of the treatment program to ensure that no roaches remain in your home. Cockroach control is a scientific process and best applied by a trained and experienced technician.

If you're in Nashville, contact CIMA Solutions for assistance. We use trusted materials and field-tested protocols to get the best results.   

How Do I Prevent German Cockroaches From Coming Back?

Once German cockroaches are gone, what is the next step? How do you keep them from coming back? There are many steps you can take yourself. We'll look at these first.

  • Seal your exterior by applying expanding foam or caulking material. Apply these products around pipes and wire conduits, and fill rotted wood holes. Inspect the pipes that come in under your kitchen and bathroom sinks and seal around these as well.
  • Repair damaged door sweeps, weatherstripping, screens, and other building materials that keep pests out of your home.
  • Get your trash to the curb and clean your receptacles if they start to smell bad. Consider getting scented bags to mask the smell of your trash, and always ensure that your trash is covered.
  • Maintain clean gutters and make repairs to any damaged portions of your gutter system to reduce perimeter moisture.
  • Maintain well-trimmed landscaping to promote dry vegetation. When landscaping is trimmed and weeds are removed, air can move through your vegetation and dry the surface of your plants.
  • Remove objects from your yard that cockroaches can hide underneath. They'll hide under any object that blocks the sun. 
  • Rake leaves and remove leaf litter. Leaves are particularly attractive to cockroaches because they provide a damp habitat.
  • Always inspect used furniture and appliances. German cockroaches can hitchhike into your home.

If you want a professional solution, keep in mind that a year-round pest control service plan provides ongoing protection from cockroaches and other pests. A licensed professional will spot treat with granular products, apply a liquid barrier application to your exterior, treat exterior voids underneath structures, and apply other layers of pest control protection. All of these services provide layers of protection that roaches and other pests have difficulty penetrating. And, because a combination of treatments is provided, each layer is mild.

For assistance with pest control service in Nashville, contact CIMA Solutions. We look forward to serving you and helping you keep German cockroaches and other pests out of your home.