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How To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches

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German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are considered one of the top household pests worldwide. Not only are German cockroaches some of the hardest pests to eliminate, they carry diseases and pathogens into your home which can cause everything from food poisoning to dysentery to allergies to asthma attacks. On top of that, these hardy pests can produce nearly a million cockroach offspring over the course of just one year. 

Older than dinosaurs, German cockroaches have lived through several different epochs, adjusting their needs to fit their environment. Needing only food, water and shelter (and being fine with whatever definition fits that bill at any given time), German cockroaches quickly discovered that human habitats provide all their necessary means for survival and have chosen to live among us for centuries.

Knowing how tenacious, dirty and possibly dangerous these pests are, it’s vitally important to understand how to get rid of German cockroaches in your home. 

What Do German Cockroaches Look Like?

Adult German cockroaches are light brown or tan in color and have two black horizontal stripes that can be found on their pronotum which is located immediately behind their heads. They are the smallest of the household pest cockroaches, growing only about 13-16 millimeters, or about a half inch, in length. German cockroaches have wings, but rarely use them, instead preferring to use their legs to quickly run away. 

German Cockroach Behavior and Extermination

German cockroaches are extremely adaptable and are dogged survivors. If you try to use pesticides to eliminate your German cockroach problem, they are adept at becoming resistant to the products you use. They are smart enough to figure out your elimination game plan and will quickly learn to avoid areas where you have placed traps or pesticides, quickly moving right on to another area that is beyond your control measures. 

How To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches

While there are many different pesticides and baits available at your local hardware store for sale that purport to get rid of German cockroaches, the truth is, they are one of the most pernicious pests you can find in your home. They are smart, resilient, and prolific, making them difficult to eliminate completely. 

The only real way to effectively and thoroughly eliminate your German cockroach infestation is to call a professional pest control service whose technicians are trained to help manage and eliminate German cockroach infestations. They can inspect your home for nests and entry points and come up with a comprehensive plan to eradicate your German cockroach problem as quickly and easily as possible. 

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