How to Get Rid of an Infestation of German Cockroaches in Snowmass Village, CO
There are over 50 species of cockroaches in the United States. In Colorado, the most common are American, Oriental, and German cockroaches, with German cockroaches being the most troublesome. All in all however, cockroaches in general are well known for the diseases and bacteria they carry and spread. Being they are indifferent to the places they traverse, such as sewers and other decaying organic matter, simply making contact with the surfaces you prepare food can transfer bacteria and diseases to you. Not only are they a major health concern, cockroaches are known to trigger allergies and asthma attacks among destroying possessions as they will eat nearly anything. Today, RAM Pest Control would like to focus on sharing information concerning German Cockroaches in Colorado.
German Cockroach Identification
As a widely distributed urban pest, German cockroaches are the most common cockroach species in houses, apartments, restaurants, hotels, and other institutions. They are tan to light brown in color along with two dark parallel lines running from the back of the head to the wings and average between ½ inch to 5/8 inches long. They are flightless however, despite having fully developed wings. The nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and do not have wings at this time.
Where are German Cockroaches Found?
German cockroaches are drawn to relatively high degrees of warmth and moist environments. Inside, they are mostly found in kitchens, near dishwashers, sinks, and stoves as well as in bathrooms. These insects are omnivorous and scavengers; their diet mostly consists of starches, sweets, grease, and meat products as they have a fondness for these items. The garbage is a principal food source. German cockroaches are nocturnal, being mostly active at night to forage for food and water. During the day they hideout in cracks and crevices where it is dark, warm and humid. Despite being nocturnal, German cockroaches can still be seen throughout the day if the population is heavy, the insects are stressed, if food and/or water is scarce, or a recent application of pesticides has occured.
Why are German Cockroaches So Hard to Get Rid Of?
German cockroaches are smaller than most other cockroaches and can conceal themselves in many places that larger species cannot manage. Cockroaches can be very persistent and a challenge to eliminate. German cockroaches in particular produce a larger number of eggs per capsule. Additionally, they require the shortest time grow from hatching to being sexually mature, which results in rapid number growth.
Diseases & Health Problems Caused By German Cockroaches
Many people are not aware, but German roaches produce odorous secretions that can affect the flavor of various foods. These secretions may result in a characteristic odor in the general region of the infestation due to cockroach populations being high. Additionally, found on the cockroach bodies are disease-producing organisms such as bacteria, protozoans, and viruses as previously mentioned. The principal diseases transmitted by German cockroaches are the different forms of gastroenteritis, for example, food poisoning, diarrhea, dysentery, and other illnesses. As the cockroaches forage, the organisms causing these diseases are carried on the legs and bodies of cockroaches, which are then deposited on food and utensils. A number of allergens that result in skin rashes, watery eyes and sneezing, congestion of nasal passages, and asthma are from the cockroach excrement and cast skins.