These cockroaches are speedy and elusive. They have eye-catching tan or light brown colour and noticeable dark brown lines along their body edges. Measuring between 13-16mm, these smaller cockroaches are renowned for their lightning-fast movements, which make them challenging to spot.
German cockroaches are a troublesome pest found in various residential and commercial spaces all over New Zealand. They breed rapidly, can roam around freely, and cause nuisance.
Removing cockroaches from your home can seem overwhelming. Tom’s Pest Control provides expert solutions for your property’s cockroach control needs. Our team of experts will implement effective strategies to deliver the desired results quickly. So trust us to eliminate those pesky cockroaches.
How German Cockroaches Enter Your Home?
Discovering German cockroaches in your kitchen is not uncommon. These pesky critters can hitch a ride on grocery bags, cardboard boxes, and other products, infiltrating your home.
When shifting and moving furniture between homes, there’s a risk of unwanted pests hitching a ride on your belongings. These critters can breed and multiply rapidly if they find a comfortable environment in your new place. Thus, it’s essential to be careful to prevent an infestation from taking hold.
Female cockroaches lay 30-48 eggs in a single capsule. After a month, the eggs hatch and the females attach the capsule in a safe, dark area for the nymphs to grow. It can take six weeks to six months for the nymphs to reach adulthood. And if you thought one cockroach was bad enough, a female German cockroach can produce up to 20,000 cockroaches annually.
Behaviour and Adaptations
The German roach is an incredibly adaptable pest that can thrive in many climates, making them a widespread problem. Their actions are primarily driven by their essential needs for shelter, food, and water, which they cannot survive without. As a result, they live in large groups and can reproduce rapidly in favourable conditions.
Cockroaches are attracted to dark and humid areas, making kitchens and bathrooms their preferred spots. However, despite their aversion to light, they can move quickly and climb when necessary. Understanding their behaviour can help develop effective techniques to eliminate them from your living and working spaces. In addition, it will help you combat their presence in your homes and offices.
Dangers to Humans
German roaches can transfer germs from decaying matter to surfaces humans touch frequently. In addition, they pick up these germs on their leg spines as they crawl, putting us at risk of contamination.
Cockroaches can spread dangerous bacteria, parasitic worms, and human pathogens that can cause illness. Their saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies can also worsen allergies and asthma symptoms.
Rely on Tom’s Pest Control
At Tom’s Pest Control, we use our extensive knowledge and years of experience to handle all your pest control needs, regardless of the size of your property. So give us a call today.
We use safe and effective methods to exterminate cockroaches from your property. Thus, you can trust that our pest control treatments are safe for kids and pets in your home.
When you choose our cockroach removal services, we follow a thorough four-step process to ensure the most effective outcome. First, we begin by conducting a thorough inspection of your property. It helps us to determine the severity of the infestation. Then, we develop a customised treatment plan tailored to your specific situation.
After careful evaluation, we utilise the most effective techniques and products for cockroach extermination. Our priority is ensuring the prevention of future infestations, which is why we’ll provide you with valuable tips to safeguard your property.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do German cockroaches eat?
German roaches are not picky eaters. They can feed on anything from food scraps and grease to sugary treats in your kitchen and bathroom. However, they prefer starchy foods like rice, potatoes, and cereal. These pesky bugs can survive without water for up to 12 days and food for up to 42 days.
Why do I find German cockroaches in my house?
Noticing German roaches in your home is often due to their proximity to food and water sources. They reside in areas like drainpipes, crevices, and HVAC systems in kitchens and bathrooms. They may also hide in cupboards where food is stored.
What are the symptoms of a German roach infestation?
You can look out for these signs to identify a German roach infestation:
- Sightings during the day (often indicating a large population)
- Unpleasant odour
- Small black droppings resembling ground pepper.
- Dark stains on surfaces below where cockroaches have been.
- Oval-shaped egg capsules in dark, damp areas
- Live or deceased roaches in areas with food or water, such as drawers, cabinets, and sink drains.
If you spot any of these indicators, quick action is vital, as a German roach infestation can quickly spiral out of control.