The German roach is a smaller variety of cockroaches that commonly infest homes. In appearance, they are brown or tan, have two black stripes on the back of the head, and are winged, though they rarely fly. These pests often enter homes from second hand household items, including those with fabric and even electronics. Once in the home, they are attracted to areas that provide food, water, and shelter such as kitchen sinks and garbage cans.
With a reproduction rate of about 20 per month, resilience, and stealthy hiding abilities, they can easily develop into an infestation. This is not only a nuisance but a legitimate health risk. These pests are not clean and will contaminate their hiding areas with pathogens, resulting in food poisoning, indigestion, skin irritation, and respiratory distress. You may be experiencing such an infestation if you notice these signs:
- Small, dark droppings near countertops, drawers, wall openings, and in the corners of rooms
- Physical reactions, such as food poisoning or asthma
- Visible roaches
- A musty odor
In the event of an infestation, your pest control professional has the expertise and resources to develop a targeted plan to quickly eliminate these pests.