German cockroaches are the most widespread roaches in the USA, and you may find them all over the world. They are so numerous due to their high reproductive capacity. And the main problem with them is that their favorite diet consists of remnants of people’s food (though actually, they can eat almost anything).
That is why these nasty little creatures tend to live as close to people as they can, and their favorite accommodation is a human dwelling.
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Dirty and Disgusting
You can easily recognize these nasty little guys. Adults have tan or light brown coloration with two remarkable dark strips on their pronotum, going from their head to the back. Young roaches are almost black in color, but they have the same strips.
Though these guys have wings, they rarely use them, as they prefer running to flying. They usually grow to a length of up to 16 mm.
They contaminate the space around them considerably with waste products (which can be rather allergic) and cast off the skin.
And to make the matters worse, they secrete odor compounds, so if their population is large, you may feel a mild musty smell in the room.
Another problem is the German cockroaches’ ability to reproduce at enormously high speed. So it is necessary to take all possible safeguard measures once you see at least one of these creatures in your dwelling.
How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
No matter how hard you try to avoid the roaches, these attempts may fail. Sometimes they just appear from nowhere. But, of course, measures should be taken to prevent it.
There are several ways for them to intrude into your home. They may be brought in in boxes and bags. So check all your things outside before bringing the bag into your home if you suspect that you have cockroaches in it. It is necessary after you have spent your vacation in a not-so-clean hotel, or when your child comes home from college for the holiday.
Once the roach infestation has started in your apartment, have every confidence the pests are planning to stay with you for a long time. If you leave them with no food available, they will feed on soap, toothpaste and even books. And if you leave as much as one dirty plate in the sink overnight, the roaches will have all the opportunities for a food fest.
Considering that they usually live in warm and damp places (their natural environment is tropical), these insects prefer to reside in kitchens and bathrooms. Though the food flavor may also attract them to the dining room or even bedroom.
Cockroaches in Florida
It is especially challenging to getting rid of German cockroaches in Florida. Some people living in this state are sure that it is easier to get used to the cockroaches than to clean your dwelling from them. Here, due to the roach-friendly humid climate, these pests seem to penetrate into your house constantly. But it is not a reason to give up.
With some efforts, you can keep your house completely free from the intruders. And here the golden rule is: keep your kitchen and bathroom as clean and dry as you can. Don’t forget to wash the cabinets and appliances regularly. Also, pay attention to your yard: remove all the woodpiles and trashcans from it.
Cockroaches tend to reside in places like that, and from there they can easily move to your home. Use a dehumidifier in your house: the less humid the house is, the less attractive for the pests it is. Place screens on your windows and don’t keep the door of the house opened for a long time. If it is too hot and you feel that you will not survive with the door closed, use a screen for it, too.
With all these measures taken properly your house will be free from the cockroaches. And if the German roaches still find a way to move in with you, just follow the instructions below – and your house will soon be free.
How long does it take to get rid of roaches? For a heavy infestation, you may need up to eight weeks, but in most cases, a satisfactory result will be achieved in two weeks.
Make Your House Unsuitable for them!
As they may survive without food and water for a long time (at least 12 days) and multiply really quickly, these guys may really pose a challenge. But don’t give up; being pitiless and consistent you will certainly recover your conquered dwelling.
Step 1: Leave Them Hungry
First of all, eliminate the food sources for the roaches. Remember that many things which are garbage for you are delicacies for them.
So to leave these guys hungry you should:
- Clean all the kitchen appliances thoroughly. The food remnants and spills in and around your microwave, toaster, fridge and other devices may provide the cockroaches with food for months.
- Clean the kitchen cabinets. Even if they seem to be “almost clean”, they are sure to contain crumbs and food spills, which provide a perfect source of food for the pests.
- Consume food only in one room. Taking food around the house you will never avoid tiny spills and crumbs. And the roaches will not fail to use this benefit!
- Vacuum the floors every evening. It will contribute to overall sanitation. And cockroaches are active at night, so it is better if they don’t find any snacks at that time.
- Empty pet food containers in the evening and refill them in the morning.
- Take the rubbish out every evening.
- Keep all the food in tight or sealed packs if you want to protect it from invasion, and try to buy food every day in small amounts not to keep it in the house overnight.
Step 2: Dry Everything
The next thing to do is to eliminate humidity in your house. Of course, you can’t stop to use water at all.
But there are some ways to make your house much drier:
- Fix and replace all leaky and sweating pipes.
- Before going to bed dry all the sinks, bathtubs and showers with paper towels. Take wet towels out regularly together with another rubbish.
- Dry pet water dishes in the evening and refill them in the morning.
Step 3: Provide Them no Shelter!
And to leave these pests without proper dwelling fix as many cracks and wall voids as you can with a caulking gun. Becoming rough-sleepers definitely will not do the roaches any good.
You should also take measures to avoid further invasions into your house. Clean the outside areas near your house to the extent possible and make sure that all the windows and doors fit tightly within their frames and have no cracks.
Effective Ways to Kill German Cockroaches
Of course, you don’t need to wait till all the pests die themselves. There are many kinds of poison for roaches available on the market. Just buy some and follow the instructions. And if you don’t want to use pesticides, there are many natural ways to kill these nasty insects.
One of such options is baking soda. Mix equal parts of baking soda and sugar and put this mixture in small plastic plates. Place the plates wherever you believe the cockroaches will find them.
The sugar smell attracts the roaches, and soda is poisonous because while reacting with water it gives gas which causes the roach’s stomach burst. If you use this mixture, make sure that the pests have access to some water.
There is another way to build a trap for getting rid of small roaches. Take middle-sized bowls, grease them inside with a thick layer of petroleum jelly and put some food which is attractive for the roaches (that is any food actually) on the bottom of the bowl. The pests will come to eat the bite, but they will not get out of the bowl because of the petroleum jelly. Don’t forget to dispose of the trapped roaches.
If you turn on the light and come into the room, these shy guys run to their shelter like mad. So it is quite easy to determine where their nests are – just notice where they are running.
When you are already tired of the permanent battle and if you know where the shelter is, the temptation to crush them may be irresistible. Before doing it remember that afterward, you will have to clean disgusting remains. There is a much cleaner way to kill the cockroaches: just suck them in a vacuum cleaner and take outside.
There exist dozens and dozens of ways to get rid of these nasty small roaches. So keep your chin up! Even if you live in the most cockroach-friendly climate, proper treatment will prevent infestation of your home.
There may always be a chance that you see a roach in your house occasionally. That’s not a reason for panic. Just take all the emergency measures as soon as possible – and you will win the battle!
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