German Cockroaches: The Sneakiest Pest In Sacramento
July 15, 2022 - Cockroaches
Who wants to see German cockroaches crawling around in their food pantry or underneath their kitchen sink? These scurrying insects are considered one of the most unsanitary pests you could have in your home. They are the most common type of cockroach worldwide, and Sacramento is no exception.
It is also a very difficult pest to get under control once it has infiltrated your house. German cockroaches are nocturnal, great at hiding, and prolific breeders. All of these traits are factors against you in battling a German cockroach infestation. Contacting a Sacramento pest control company is your best bet for complete German cockroach pest control. EcoTech Pest Management is a family-owned business with more than 34 years of experience in the pest control industry. You can rest assured that we can solve your cockroach problems and put your mind at ease.
Hidden Insects: Rooting Out The Hidden German Cockroaches
The German cockroach’s favorite type of habitat is somewhere that is dark, warm, and damp. They will, however, take shelter anywhere they can and seek out food wherever they can find it. Some of the more likely locations you’ll find cockroaches are in kitchen cabinets, garbage cans, pantries, underneath kitchen appliances, and under sinks. These are just a few common hiding places. If there’s an area that’s hard to see or get to, you can assume there might be cockroaches in it.
Because of how well German cockroaches hide, it can be difficult to know the true extent of an infestation. These pests are also prolific breeders, so when you spot one cockroach, it's a sure bet that there are many more hiding out of sight. Due to these factors, DIY methods rarely eradicate an entire infestation.
Phases Of The German Cockroach Lifestyle
German cockroaches breed at a faster rate than their cockroach pest relatives. Their capsules carry more eggs, and the nymphs become adults in a shorter period of time. A female German cockroach can have up to 400 eggs in her lifespan of six months, so it’s no surprise that an infestation can get out of control in a hurry.
The female German cockroach carries her eggs in a capsule called an “ootheca.” She will carry several oothecae, each typically holding 30 to 40 eggs, until they are ready to hatch. They will then be placed in inconspicuous places. The nymphs will then emerge in about two days. They will go through six or seven molting stages and become adults within 100 days.
German Cockroach Prevention Tips For Sacramento Residents
Good housekeeping practices are key to preventing German cockroaches from becoming a problem in your home. Following these tips can be very helpful in deterring cockroaches as unwanted guests:
- Make sure your trash cans have lids that are tightly sealed.
- All open food packages should be put into plastic containers.
- Don’t leave pet dishes full of food for long periods of time.
- Check that doors and windows have a tight seal when closed and install weatherstripping or door sweeps where needed.
- Inspect the outside of your house and foundation for any cracks and crevices that cockroaches may use as entry points.
- Eliminate piles of rotting leaves and compost around your property.
These are all just helpful hints in cockroach prevention, but not a complete cockroach control program. A professional treatment and prevention plan is highly recommended.
Professional German Cockroach Extermination In Sacramento
Cockroaches have been known to carry such diseases as E. coli infections, cholera, and salmonellosis. Keep your family safe and don’t attempt to tackle a cockroach infestation on your own. Give EcoTech Pest Management a call for any cockroach issues you may come across. We have the safest and most effective cockroach solutions to fit your needs and budget.