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What Every Canoga Park Homeowner Needs to Know About German Cockroaches

While cockroaches certainly play a vital role in the ecological system, cockroaches inside the home are not a welcome sight for any homeowner. They might hitch rides through used furniture or grocery bags to enter your home, bringing various diseases and pathogens.

The German cockroach is one of the most common cockroaches to invade Canogna homes. Read on to learn more about German cockroaches and discover how to prevent a German cockroach infestation in your home. 

How to Identify German Cockroaches

The German cockroach is a smaller cockroach species than the American cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. They have a light brown to tan coloration and distinctively feature two black parallel stripes running along their back. Their size ranges from 11 to 16mm long.

German cockroaches prefer hiding in warm, dark, and humid environments, near food and water sources. They inhabit areas like kitchens, bathrooms, cupboards, or the laundry room.

One of the most distinguishing aspects of German cockroaches is their reproduction rate. They reproduce and multiply faster than other roach species, reaching adulthood in three months instead of twelve months.

When you have spotted German cockroaches in your Canoga Park home, it is essential to act swiftly and call Bugs A to Z for help!

What Attracts German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are primarily attracted to homes that provide food, water, and shelter. Easy access points like cracks and gaps in your home’s foundation or around windows and doors can also serve as a welcome sign for these pests. Their flat bodies enable them to squeeze through tiny spaces into your home.

Eliminate all potential entry points by sealing them with caulk and weather stripping, and get rid of food and water sources to keep them out of your Canoga property.

Also, eliminate clutter around your home as it is the perfect hiding spot for these creepy crawlers.

The Cockroach Problem

While German cockroaches do not bite or sting, they carry harmful bacteria and parasites that can be a significant health hazard. 

German cockroaches can spread several diseases to humans. Some of these include Salmonella, Lupus, Dysentery, and Gastroenteritis.

Exposure to their saliva, feces, and body parts might also trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. 

A roach infestation releases lingering pungent odors, and with their diverse diet, they might nibble on books, hair, and more, causing further damage. 

German cockroaches are becoming increasingly resistant to insecticides, so it is best to let pest control professionals deal with the problem. For professional cockroach control, Bugs A to Z is the one to call!

How to Prevent Cockroaches

Cockroaches are particularly attracted to food and water sources, which means moisture and dirty or filthy areas are major attractants. The best thing you can do to prevent cockroaches is to develop regular cleaning habits. These include:

  • Cleaning up crumbs and spills as they happen
  • Deep cleaning the kitchen once in a while
  • Sealing all garbage bins with tight-fitting lids
  • Putting away pet bowls after every feed
  • Storing all leftover food in airtight containers or the refrigerator
  • Repairing plumbing leaks or broken gutters and removing sources of stagnant water
  • Ensuring all doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and weather strips
  • Sealing gaps and cracks on the home’s foundation with a caulking gun

Eliminate German Cockroaches Today!

Bugs A to Z is a full-service pest control company. We take pride in our dependability, integrity, safety, competitive pricing, and expertise in the field of pest management. If you suspect a German cockroach or any other household pest infestation in your Canoga Park home, don’t hesitate and give us a call right away!