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Pest Spotlight: How To Handle A German Roach Infestation In Crestview

January 15, 2023 - Cockroaches

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If you've seen a cockroach scurrying across your kitchen counter or flying from your sink to your stovetop, you likely have hundreds or more living in your house. You need to call a professional Crestview pest control company immediately to mitigate the damage cockroaches can cause to you and your family.

Types Of Cockroaches You Can Find In Crestview

There are two main types of cockroaches in Crestview: Asian cockroaches and German cockroaches. The two look nearly identical on top – dark brown with parallel black lines on their heads – but Asian cockroaches have a groove on their abdomen that German cockroaches lack. If you've ever wondered, "Do all cockroaches fly," the answer is no – but Asian cockroaches are one of the species that do. German cockroaches do not. 

You're far more likely to encounter German cockroaches in your Crestview home since Asian cockroaches prefer to stay outside in your shrubs and trees. You'll see them sprinting across your countertops, walls, appliances, and floor.

How German Cockroaches In Your Home Can Be Harmful To Your Health

German cockroaches are filthy pests that carry a number of diseases, including:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Cholera
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Dysentery
  • Listeriosis
  • Giardia
  • E. coli

These cockroaches can also cause allergic and asthmatic reactions. As German cockroaches defecate and shed skin cells, they become part of the dust that's around you all the time. When in sufficient quantities, cockroach dust can become a potent allergen, especially in children, the elderly, and people with asthma.

Why You Can't Get Rid Of German Cockroaches On Your Own

When you try to get rid of cockroaches in your Crestview home on your own, you'll soon feel like you're waging war and you're on the losing side. The biggest reason is that they're reproductive dynamos. Each German cockroach female can lay between 30 and 40 eggs at a time in egg capsules, and she can lay four to eight egg capsules a year. German cockroach colonies can grow up to six generations per year.

DIY methods to eliminate German cockroaches fail because of their fast reproductive rates. However, they can reduce cockroach activity to some extent. Foggers never get into your walls, where the colonies live. Bait stations only have so much bait before you have to replace them. Dusting with borax or diatomaceous earth requires you to know precisely where the roaches are, and you have to keep reapplying them. With any of these methods, you have to clean up all the dead cockroaches yourself, an unpleasant job, to say the least.

The best thing you can do to get rid of these Crestview pests is to make your home less inviting for them. They're attracted to food and water sources, so make sure you're wiping up spills and cleaning up crumbs as soon as they happen. Don't leave dirty dishes for later – do them immediately. Once your pets have finished eating, clean up their bowls. Wipe your sink and shower dry to remove water sources for the cockroaches.

Call The Pros At The First Sign Of German Cockroaches

For the best cockroach control in Crestview, you need to call the professionals. At Cadenhead Services Pest Control, our licensed pest control technicians know how to get rid of cockroaches for good, using the most cutting-edge, eco-friendly products, which we apply every month until the infestation is gone.

We're a family-owned and operated pest control company that's been in business since 1983. That means we've got nearly 40 years of experience removing pests from Crestview homes and other communities in the Florida panhandle. Call us today to request a free quote and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Crestview.