Get Rid of German Roaches: How to Effectively Eradicate Them from Your Home
German roaches are a common problem in many homes and businesses. If you are dealing with an infestation, it can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. They can be difficult to get rid of once they have moved into an area, but there are steps you can take to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back. In this article, we will provide you with some helpful tips on how to get rid of German roach infestations and keep your home clean and safe.
When it comes to German roaches, we always recommend calling a pest control company as your first step. German roaches are incredibly resilient and can easily build up a tolerance for most over-
the-counter pest control products and DIY solutions. Most of the calls we get come after
a homeowner has tried to treat the issue themselves. While it worked well for the first couple of months, eventually the roaches become resistant to the products and the population grows until the infestation is worst than before.
The important thing to remember is it does take teamwork to get the best results. Having a professional treat your home with the appropriate chemicals and baits can go a long way, but for faster results, there are some steps you can take to help the process.
Keep all food products sealed tightly.
Keep all food products sealed tightly, take your trash out regularly, and eliminate any sources of standing water or moisture that might attract them (this includes pet food). This will prevent the roaches from getting access to food sources and will help you control their population. Without
other food sources, German roaches will be less likely to thrive and more likely to find the bait placed by your pest control technician and share it with their friends.
2. Wipe things down with bleach and water.
Most insects hate the smell of bleach and will avoid areas that have been disinfected with it. Not only does it clean the surface but it also removes any pheromone trails left by insects and gets rid of any droppings left by German roaches (which they will happily eat if not cleaned up). We recommend cleaning out kitchen and bathroom cabinets with bleach as well as floors where possible (especially behind stoves, refrigerators, and toilets).
3. Get rid of clutter!
There is nothing a German roach likes better than a little clutter to hide in. This can be knick-knacks,
wall hangings, or other home decorations but can also be used grocery bags, old newspapers, or cardboard boxes. Putting away or getting rid of these items will help eradicate shelter and food sources that you may not be aware of.
4. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
Leaving dirty dishes in the sink can attract German roaches and provide them with a source of food and water, which is essential for their survival. Taking the time to clean up after cooking/eating can help keep them out of your kitchen.
5. Clean up all dead roaches.
German roaches aren’t picky when it comes to finding a food source and can even survive happily eating any dead insects they find (including other German roaches). Make sure to regularly wipe up or sweep any dead pests.
6. Turn off electronics.
These pests thrive in warm and humid environments and have been known to use electronics as a
heat source. This means that if you leave your electronics on for too long, you may end up with an infestation of roaches. To avoid this problem, it is best to turn off your electronics when not in use as this will reduce the amount of heat they generate and make your home less attractive to roaches.
7. Once the pest control tech has sprayed your home, don’t kill the roaches!
This last bit of advice seems counterproductive, but we promise… it really does help! Pest control products work best when they are able to spread through the colony. When one roach walks through the pest control chemical and goes back to the nest, it spreads that chemical to others (especially to breeding females who only leave the nest about 3 days per month) either by rubbing against each other or even by cleaning each other. If you kill a roach before they get back to the nest you may have stopped that roach from spreading the chemical to 10 roaches.
Also, try not to use over-the-counter bug sprays after your pest control technician has treated your home or business. While those sprays may kill the pests that you are spraying them on, they will also drift onto places already treated by the exterminator causing a chemical reaction that may make both products inactive. A lot of store-bought pest control products are also considered more of a “repellent” as well, meaning if you spray in your kitchen you may just be forcing them into bedrooms and other areas of the home.
German roaches can quickly overwhelm a space if left unchecked, but with the right preventative measures and treatments, you can get control of your roach problem. If you are having any issues with German roaches, please give Rome City Pest Control a call at 706-676-3443 to get more information and receive a quote on service.