Homeowners in Houston should be aware of the threat of cockroaches to both their homes and health.

German cockroaches are known to be the most invasive species of cockroaches in the world. They are smelly, filthy, and have a high risk of contaminating your home. Make sure to get rid of these pests before they cause you any trouble.

How to Identify German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are usually light brown or tan with two parallel dark stripes on the backs of their heads. They are shaped like an oval and have six legs and two antennae. They can range anywhere from ½ inch to ⅝ inches long. 

German cockroaches live in humid, dark, warm places near food and water sources. They primarily live in kitchens and bathrooms. They may have originated in Southeast Asia, not Germany, but they are now a world-spread pest. 

How Dangerous Are German Cockroaches?

a german cockroach on the bottom of a white wooden shelf

German cockroaches are dirty creatures. They spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria and house six kinds of parasitic worms. They also harbor at least seven other human pathogens, making them a very dangerous pest to have in your home. 

Cockroaches gather bacteria by climbing across your toilet rim, eating pet feces, and climbing through trash cans and sewers. They then crawl across your counter and pantry and spread their germs along the way. 

German Roaches can cause contamination and diseases such as:

  • Dysentery
  • Giardia
  • Plague
  • Salmonella
  • Tularemia

They may also trigger allergy and asthma attacks

Cockroaches can also feed on your home’s insulation or wallpaper, causing extensive damage to your walls and roof. They pose a threat to the health of your family and the structural integrity of your home.

German Cockroaches Facts You Must Know

Several German cockroaches stuck in a sticky trap

German cockroaches are difficult to control. They reproduce at incredible rates, live off almost anything, and are great at staying out of the way when trying to get rid of them. They are not picky and will eat almost anything:  pet food, organic matter, trash, feces, and more. They won’t even hesitate to eat a fellow cockroach if no other food is available. 

A roach’s natural habitat is warm and humid, so you likely won’t see them in the winter as you will in summer. They are good at avoiding threats, staying hidden during the day, and coming out at night. 

How to Prevent and Control German Cockroaches in Your Houston Home

If you live in Houston, follow these German Cockroach pest management tips. 

Always clean the crumbs off of your floor and tables after eating. Keep your inside and outside trash bins tightly covered. Store all of your food in airtight plastic, metal, or glass containers. Use door sweeps on all doors that lead outside of your home.

Install fine mesh screens into your air vents to prevent roaches from crawling in. Limit the areas that you eat food to limit feeding sites. Keep pet food bowls and water bowls clean when they are not in use.

Use caulk to seal cracks and gaps in your home’s interior and exterior and repair leaky pipes. Install a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in your home. 

The fastest and most effective way to get rid of a cockroach infestation is to call commercial pest control services. 

Controlling for German Cockroaches with Stampede Pest Control

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Dealing with German cockroaches is best handled by using a pest control company. At Stampede Pest Control, we provide customized treatments to suit your pest control needs and ensure no cockroaches get away. Contact us today for a free quote or to schedule an inspection for your Houston home!