The German cockroach is the cockroach of concern, the species that gives all other cockroaches a bad name. The German cockroach is a widely distributed urban pest that can be found in houses, apartments, restaurants, hotels and other structures. They are found all over the United States. Their mere presence is a nuisance and they can be carriers of many common diseases.
A new study has found that German cockroaches are becoming more resistant to almost every kind of chemical insecticide. Some insecticides degrade the nervous system, others attack the exoskeleton. These pests have evolved resistance to at least one of the most commonly used insecticides. The problem is that cockroaches live for about 100 days with their resistance evolving quickly. The genes from the current resistant roaches then being passed on to the next generation. Just how cockroaches are evolving is unclear but if it continues to happen it might make it impossible to treat an infestation with insecticides alone.
German Cockroach Identification
German cockroaches are ½ inch to 5/8 inch in length and are medium yellowish-brown in color. They look different than other roaches in that they have two dark parallel stripes on the anterior, dorsal portion of the thorax. They have antennae are a little longer than the length of their body and serve as powerful sensory devices for evaluating their surroundings, locating food and receiving messages from other roaches. They have wings but cannot fly. Their wings may flutter to catch their fall but cannot be used to get around. They can also run quickly.
Where Do German Cockroaches Live?
All roaches prefer environments that are moist with a relatively high degree of warmth. You will most often find German cockroaches in the kitchen at night when the lights are turned on. They will multiply after a few weeks and you will see more and more of them. If an infestation continues, they will end up in the bathroom via water pipes and then continue to make their way throughout your entire home. Female German cockroaches will lay a light brown egg capsule every 16-24 days. Each capsule can contain 36-48 eggs which means one roach can produce 384 roaches! You can have a huge problem on your hands in a very short period of time.
German Cockroach Prevention
Sanitation goes a long way in keeping cockroaches away. It’s also important to clean any spilled food right away and to repair any water leaks in the home. The size and aggressive nature of German cockroaches means that a variety of treatment methods and combinations are needed for successful treatment. This includes baits, dust and aerosol treatments into cracks and crevices. Non-chemical treatments using vacuum removal and monitoring of populations with glue traps or other devices may also be used. Homeowners that try to take care of an infestation on their own with over-the-counter products will end up frustrated with a growing infestation.
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