What To Do About German Cockroaches Inside Your Lee County Home
April 15, 2022 - Cockroaches
Lee County, Florida, is known for its beautiful weather that homeowners and tourists alike enjoy all year. However, as much as homeowners and tourists love this climate, so do some of the filthiest pests in the world — German cockroaches.
According to information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, some of the most concentrated roach populations in the U.S. are in the lower parts of Florida, which also includes Lee County. But that doesn’t mean your Lee County home has to be part of that statistic.
Whether you’re seeing a few cockroaches or have a full-on infestation, you need pest control in Lee County for all your pest control needs.
How To Differentiate German Cockroaches From Other Roaches
For most people, a roach is a roach; who cares about the type of roach, right? Well, knowing the different types of cockroaches is not only going to help you determine which species are infesting your home, but it will also help you determine what will kill them.
First, to differentiate German cockroaches from other cockroaches, the question to ask would be ‘what does a German cockroach look like?’
German cockroaches are much smaller, measuring in at about a half-inch. Physically, these cockroaches are a tan color but have very distinctive parallel lines on their heads that go all the way down to the ends of their wings (but they don’t often fly). They have six legs lined with spines and long, straight antennae. Of course, there are other species of cockroaches in the area. Take a look at their characteristics versus the German cockroach:
- American cockroach: Growing to around three inches or more, the American cockroach has six spined legs and is reddish-brown with two yellow circles behind the head. These roaches can fly as well.
- Smoky brown cockroach: This roach is a smoky brown color with a shiny black head, curved antennae, six spined legs, and measures in at about an inch and a half.
- Asian cockroach: This roach has similar physical features as the German cockroach but with longer wings and is an excellent flyer.
Identifying German cockroaches in your home isn’t always easy to do, as other cockroaches tend to have similar physical features. Nonetheless, roach identification isn’t your responsibility; it’s ours. Here at A Bug’s Life Pest Management, we have a variety of treatment options to rid your home of German cockroach infestations.
How Are German Cockroaches Harmful To Your Health?
Did you know that you can have a German cockroach allergy? According to the National Pest Management Association, more than 60% of homes in the U.S. have cockroach allergens. The proteins found in the saliva and dropping of these roaches are what trigger allergic reactions in adults and children. Symptoms include everything from chest tightness to ear infections.
Additionally, German cockroaches like to spend time in unsanitary areas like drains and sewers, so when they make their way into your home, simply walking across your counters and hiding in kitchen cabinets can spread infectious diseases like diarrhea, cholera, and bubonic plague.
How Can I Get Rid Of German Cockroaches?
Regularly vacuuming, keeping your countertops clean, and sanitizing your home will go a very long way in keeping German cockroaches out of your house. But to truly rid your home of these pests will require professional services. At A Bug’s Life Pest Management, we’ve been in the pest control industry for over 30 years and know exactly what it takes to rid your home of a German cockroach infestation. Request your customized inspection today!