German Cockroaches In South Florida

German Cockroaches

Blattella Germanica

In South Florida, German roaches are second to American roaches to infest homes. In addition to homes, German roaches are a big problem in commercial institutions such as hotels and restaurants. Although American roaches invade homes more frequently, German cockroaches have the most adverse impact to our lives.

In terms of food contamination, potential equipment destruction, expense to hire a pest control company, and emotional distress German roaches cause the most damage than any other house infesting species.

What German cockroaches look like?

The adult German roach is 1/2 to 5/8 inch long. Color is light brown to tan. German roaches can be easily distinguished from other species by two dark longitudinal stripes on the dorsal portion of the thorax (protontum). The nymphs resemble the adults, but they are smaller, wingless, darker, and a pale white stripe running down the center of the back.

The males have a slender abdomen while females have rounded posterior. Unlike other house infesting species, the females carry the egg capsule protruding from the rear until the eggs are ready to hatch. This key adaptation is probably another contributing factor to its success as an indoor pest. Because the ootheca stays connected to the female, the embryos are protected from desiccation while developing. The second benefit from this adaptation is that egg case is protected from cannibalism and parasitism.

What is the life cycle of a German cockroach?

Under ideal conditions (80°F/27°C), it takes 21 days from egg capsule formation to hatching. It can take 30 days under lower temperatures. Each capsule contains 30-48 eggs per capsule. German roach females produce four to eight capsules in the lifetime. During the incubation process of the capsule females are called gravid.

German cockroaches undergo 6 molts before becoming adults in about 40 days under favorable environmental conditions. Poor diet and low temperatures can increase the nymphal stage to 125 days. Males are sexually mature 10 days after becoming adults, females begin to mate 5 days after the adult molt.

Adult German roaches can live up to a year, but most die before that.

What are the signs of a German cockroach infestation?

German roaches are nocturnal insect, and they like to forage for food night. If you turn on the lights at night and you see small roaches, ½ inch or less, running on the counters or cabinets it is a sign of German cockroaches.

German roaches defecate all the time. If you find small dark droppings (pepper like) and fecal stains along the edges of cabinets, in drawers, and appliances it is another sign.

Adult females carry the egg cases protruding from the abdomen until the nymphs are ready to hatch. If you find gravid females, it is a sign of German roaches.

German roaches like to hide in places that are close to 80°F. Key places in the kitchen that provide this warmth and shelter include the refrigerator motor and the circuit boards of electric equipment such as ovens, microwaves, and dishwashing machines. If you see a cockroach inside the clock of an oven it is most likely the German kind. In heavy infestation, German roaches can short-circuit many of these appliances.

German cockroaches produce various bodily secretions. When the population is large enough these secretions produce a particular musky odor that is easy to detect.

Why are German cockroaches hard to kill?

Due to the high reproductive potential and acquired resistance to insecticides German roaches are one of the most difficult pests to eliminate. When a few members of the population are able to survive whatever insecticides is being used this trait is passed on to the following generations. After many decades, German roaches have built up resistance to each successive class of insecticide. Products that once were successfully used against German roaches, today are no longer effective.

Because this is one of the most challenging pests, many South Florida pest control companies fail to get rid of German roaches. Unlike our competitors German roaches have no chance against GOTBUGSIKILL. Our team members are trained to follow a specific pest control treatment protocol that includes the use of specialized equipment and products. After two services every German cockroach is eradicated from your home.

How do I prepare for a German cockroach treatment?

Most German roach jobs require two services to completely eliminate the infestation. For the initial service we ask our customers to empty all the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms if they spread to other areas of the home.

When the customer clears all the items inside the cabinets, we can access every square inch that roaches could be hiding. Because we are able to treat more surface areas, we are able to get the population under control quickly. Since we use dusts and liquid sprays with strong aromas the customer has to leave the house for about 5 hours, including pets.

Two weeks after the initial we return for a follow up service. However, this time our team member will perform a crack and crevice treatment. During the follow up service it is not necessary to empty the cabinets or leave the home.

German roach treatments can also be done without emptying the cabinets but may require additional visits to completely eradicate the infestation.

Why is German cockroach treatments so expensive?

A light to mild German roach clean out in a residential home takes about 7 hours to complete. This includes inspection, initial service, follow up, and drive time. In severe German roach infestations, a specialized vacuum is used to remove visible individuals. Under these circumstances 3 to 5 treatments may be required for a complete eradication.

On the other hand, most American roach jobs can be done in one service and take no more than 2 hours.

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