The horrible German Cockroach
The German Cockroach is the nasty pest that infest in homes that people hate so much. All it takes is for one or a few to sneak into your home by accident in a bag or a box.
From there they will multiply hidden in your home before you even know you are infested. Some people think that just one treatment is all it takes when there is a German Cockroach infestation.
But think again! They didn’t get in your home over night, you want get rid of them over night. Sometimes it may take several treatments to take control of the situation depending on the infestation extent.
Identifying the German Cockroach
The adult German cockroach is about ½ an inch in size. They are tan colored with dark strips running parallel with the body behind the head.
They are the most common pest found inside structures and can occur in great numbers as they multiply fairly rapidly. German cockroach has incomplete metamorphosis, which means they go from an egg, to a nymph, to an adult.
The full completion of their life cycle depends on factors of their environment, such as food source, temperatures, etc. When identifying the female German Cockroach it is easiest to look at the abdomen.
They female have a rounded abdomen where as the male has a pointed one. The female German Cockroach produces an ootheca (egg capsule) about once a month. These capsules can contain up to 50 eggs per capsule.
This is why they multiply so quickly if not treated in the early stages of infestation. German Cockroach have wings, but are not strong flyers. They can get immune to chemicals if the same chemical is applied multiple times.
Mostly when an infestation initiates, it is usually in the kitchen area where food and water sources are plentiful. As they begin to multiply the will slowly take over your entire home.
When heavy infestation occurs you will notice an odor in your home that is not quite refreshing.
Treating the German Cockroach
There are several chemicals and tools to treat the German Cockroach. Some of these include the liquid poison as you know it. There are several types to choose from depending on if you want a quick kill, a slow time released encapsulated chemical, an odorless chemical, or some people prefer a chemical with a smell.
There are also wettable powders, but these tend to leave powdery spots on dark colored areas and are an eye sore to some people. Whichever one you choose keep in mind German Cockroaches will get immune to most chemicals and some faster than others.
Therefore you want to rotate the chemicals you apply according to the label if your infestation requires multiple treatments. Other tools that can be used in conjunction with the liquid chemicals method of treatment for German Cockroaches would be gel baits or bait stations.
These have seemed to work very well over the years long as they are placed correctly and all other food sources are removed. This includes good sanitation of the home and the removal of dead German Cockroach carcasses.
Think about it! If you are offered steak or hot dogs, which would you choose? By doing this you leave roaches with no choice but to eat the baits you’ve applied. Another tool to use in German Cockroach control is sticky boards.
They can be used as a tool to drop the population slightly as the roaches’ crawl onto them and get stuck. From there you can just dispose of the sticky boards. Sticky boards can be used as a tool for IPM (integrated pest management).
By using sticky boards for IPM you are able to find the heavy traffic areas and treat the areas accordingly other than to just guess. There are also dusts than can be used for German Cockroach control as a tool also.
These are a last resort being the drift of the fine powders are hard to keep on target. Dusts are good to use for inaccessible areas such as wall voids or the voids under cabinets.
Dusts have a long residual life but are not effective if they get wet.
There is also IGR’s (Insect growth Regulator) that can also be useful as in to keep the German Cockroach from multiplying faster than you are able to get control of a heavy infestation.
This just keeps them from the continually breeding. As you can see there is a many of tools that can be used for German Cockroach control.
Once you have found the extent of infestation and choose the method of treatment, follow the directions on the label for your “German Cockroach” infestation.