German Cockroach Inspection
Finding The Source
In order to get rid of cockroaches, a number of factors need to be considered. The first thing to remember is that cockroaches are a tropical species. With this in mind, the main thing to figure out how they came inside.
- Infested material from neighboring properties is a big cause for new infestations. Many homeowners are devastated to find roaches in their homes because they think it means their homes are dirty. That’s not always the case! Trash placed outdoors gives roaches a perfect opportunity to visit the kitchen next door. Do you suspect neighboring properties to be a problem? If so, consider year-long protection with our annual plan.
- On a similar note, consider your actual trash receptacles. Roaches in a nearby dumpster or trash can will easily migrate over to your can, giving them easy access to the interior of your home.
- German cockroaches love corrugated cardboard boxes — especially those that once held produce or other food products. If you take boxes from grocery stores — whether you’re packing up old clothes, moving out of state, or simply hauling your groceries home using boxes instead of bags — make sure you carefully inspect them.
- Cockroaches are excellent hitchhikers. If you notice a cockroach after a friend or family visits your home, it could mean that they carried the bug in with them. Cockroaches are particularly prevalent in the Southern part of the country.
How Roaches Get Established Once Indoors
German cockroaches require a warm and humid environment. They are highly adaptable scavengers and will eat a variety of foods. Cockroaches mainly infest kitchens and bathrooms. They’re commonly found around dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators, and sinks.
In order to make your home inhabitable to German cockroaches, consider these 4 factors: shelter, food, water, and heat/humidity.
If there’s one thing in common between all of the cockroach jobs we take on, it’s that they all have excellent cockroach hiding places. Cockroaches are nocturnal and retreat into crevices during the day. They prefer any place that’s warm, dark, and humid — think behind/inside of sinks, stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers. The gaps around cabinets are also great hiding spots. Cockroaches are also known to hide out inside cabinets, electrical outlets, door frames, and plumbing.
You’d be surprised how many homes with chronic roach infestations also have a chronic water leak. German cockroaches can survive for about a month without any food. However, they can only survive about two weeks without water. With that in mind, it’s very important to repair water leaks and dry up the infested area as much as possible. Something as simple as a wet wash rag stored under the sink is enough to keep cockroaches alive and well for quite some time.
These critters come out of their hiding spots at night to feed. They are not picky eaters. Their diet consists of grease, meat, starches, and sugary foods. Their main food source is garbage. They especially like it when you store your trash next to the fridge or underneath the sink. Grease on the stove is also a very significant food source. The lesson here? Clean up your kitchen before you head to bed!
The peak of activity for this tropical pest is summertime, during which they ramp up their reproduction and translocation. However, they don’t go away when it gets cold outside. So without the exterior heat and humidity of summer, what’s a cockroach to do? The answer is simple: they find a home that is near 70 degrees with much dryer air. Start looking for hot spots:
- Underneath the refrigerator.
- Under the hot water tank.
- Inside gas stoves.
- Around heating vents.
- Surrounding hot water pipes.
- Inside electrical outlets.