Roaches in my Kitchen
German roaches are one of the most common invasive roach species in the United States, and they might be in your home without you even knowing! The truth is, any home with the right environmental conditions (regardless of how clean or new it is) could theoretically deal with a German roach infestation. German roaches can and will infest ANY home or other building that provides sufficient food and moisture for survival.
German roaches are notorious for exploiting subtle access points to get inside homes. Roaches can be brought indoors hidden via human transport in luggage and packages, or they may access your home through cracks or gaps in the exterior structure. Regardless of how they access the home, even a single female roach or egg sac could eventually lead to a pervasive infestation.
If German roaches infest your home, they can spread contaminants that are a health risk for people and pets living in the environment. Further, they often leave behind an unpleasant, musky smell that is difficult to remove until the roaches are fully eradicated. Naturally, no homeowner wants to deal with this problem, and business owners are justifiably concerned with an infestation interrupting business operations and upsetting customers. Due to this, it is essential to take the necessary measures to protect your home or business from German roach infestations.
But how exactly do I keep my home and business German roach free?
Like most invasive pests, German roaches are attracted to specific environmental factors in structures that allow them to thrive. These are known as conducive conditions, and they cover a range of factors such as temperature, moisture level, and food access. Conducive conditions take a variety of different forms, and you may be surprised by some subtle factors that could be attracting pests to your home right now!
For example, it might seem harmless to leave dirty dishes in your sink overnight, but the truth is, the food particles leftover on the dishes can attract scavenging German roaches. In fact, ANYTHING that makes it easier for pests to access food or moisture in your home can be a pest-attracting conducive condition.
But as diverse as the list of conducive conditions can be, there are typically a few common culprits that you can watch out around your home. Below are some of the most common problems that we see that lead to a roach infestation:
- Overflowing, old, or spilled trash in trash cans and dumpsters
- Food scraps, dirty dishes, and rotten fruit
- Pantries and fridges with stored food that is improperly sealed
- Water leakage around dishwashers, washing machines, or hot water heaters
- Pet food left out overnight
- Clutter and debris that provide hiding places for roaches
- Cracks or gaps in the exterior structure that go unfixed
While this is not an exhaustive list of problems that your home may be facing, this is a good place to start analyzing your home’s vulnerability to pests. By dealing with these factors you can greatly reduce your chances of dealing with an infestation.
But while prevention is very important, what should homeowners who are already dealing with roaches do to get rid of them?
An active German roach infestation can be tricky to remove. Roaches are nocturnal and extremely secretive, and for this reason, they can be difficult to spot around your home. Areas that German roaches reside in will have a musty smell and you may see traces of black excrement residue.
If you are spotting these signs, your best option is to call in a licensed pest professional to inspect your home and identify the source of the problem. The fact is, German roach problems only get worse, and the sooner you start treating the problem the more quickly and easily it will be dealt with. German roaches are not a pest you want to take lightly, so it is critical that you have periodic inspections of your home to detect problems before they become severe.
German roaches are a tricky problem, but with the right expertise, your pest problems can be dealt with quickly and completely! At Canton Termite and Pest control, we have decades of experience dealing with roaches as well as all kinds of other insect and wildlife pests. We are committed to providing industry-leading pest service that is reliable, affordable, and safe for you and your family!
So don’t let pests get you down, call us TODAY at 770-479-1598!