Identification

Adult cockroaches are a medium brown and are about ½-inch to ⅝-inch long. German cockroaches have two dark stripes on their pronotum (head region), which distinguishes them from other cockroaches. Immature German cockroaches resemble adults, except they are smaller, nearly black in color, and have a single light stripe down the middle of the back.

Detection

German cockroaches are usually found near sources of moisture, such as in kitchens and bathrooms. Look for them in cracks, crevices, and voids around and under cabinets, appliances, behind pictures and molding and in other dark, undisturbed areas.

It is considered a heavy infestation if German cockroaches are found:

  • Throughout a building 
  • Away from food sources
  • If they are seen in the home in broad daylight

Impact

German cockroaches pose a major health problem because of the diseases they carry, including different forms of gastroenteritis such as food poisoning and dysentery; allergens; and other disease-producing protozoa and bacteria.

Prevention

Sanitation is tremendously important for controlling German cockroaches due to the fact that these cockroaches need food, water, and harborage to survive. If one can limit the food waste and buildup of moisture, then a professional pest control expert can effectively treat the cracks and crevices with baits and residual materials to gain the upper hand on these very hearty insects. In addition, make sure any products (especially boxes or paper products) brought into the home are free of cockroaches. They are considered to be hitchhikers, which is how they travel from home to home.

Solution

A professional pest control treatment is the best way to reduce German cockroaches in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of cockroaches. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your cockroach problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control in Colorado Springs for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!