How to Prevent German Cockroaches From Invading Your Home
If you live in Dallas, TX and have noticed cockroaches in your home, there’s a pretty good chance that they are German cockroaches.
After all, the German cockroach is the number one roach in Dallas – and they’re also one of the most troublesome. Unfortunately, their fast reproduction rate means they can easily wreak havoc on your home if you don’t take steps to get rid of them!
Luckily, our pest control team has put together this guide to help you identify German cockroaches, look out for the signs of an infestation, and eliminate the pests.
SIGNS OF A GERMAN COCKROACH INFESTATION:
Have you identified a German cockroach in your home? If so, you may be dealing with a cockroach infestation. Here are several other signs you should look out for:
German cockroach droppings may appear as small, dark, “pepper-like” material left on countertops or in drawers. Fecal staining may appear as dark spots or smears, some that are slightly raised, in the corners of rooms, along the tops of doors or around small cracks and openings into walls.
Since German cockroach females carries their egg case until 1 to 2 days before depositing it, empty egg cases may be found in areas that the females frequent.
German cockroaches are also known to secrete a number of odorous compounds. When populations are present in large numbers, it may be possible to detect a mild, or what some have reported as a “musty” odor.
HOW TO PREVENT GERMAN COCKROACHES:
• Remove unnecessary food and water sources;
• Store garbage containers in dry areas away from harborage sites—not under the kitchen sink;
• Seal all cracks and crevices—no matter how small—with screen or caulk. Cockroaches love to stay in tight cracks and crevices where they feel more comfortable;
• Vacuum regularly and clean up spills;
• Remove shelter sites such as cardboard boxes, paper grocery bags and piles of newspapers or magazines; and
• Remember, once cockroaches move into your home, they can be very difficult to get out.
HOW TO KILL GERMAN COCKROACHES:
Okay – so we’ve talked about a few ways to prevent German cockroaches by cutting out their food, water, and shelter options. Now, let’s talk about ways to kill them directly.
Homemade pest control with baking soda
To use this method, mix one part sugar with one part baking soda and leave the mixture out on a plastic plate that is easily accessible to the roaches. Make sure that you leave some water nearby too.
Roaches love sugar, so they’ll be attracted to the plate right away. However, when a German cockroach eats the mixture (combined with water), its stomach will explode due to a reaction caused by the baking soda!
Create your own trap
To make a DIY roach trap, you’ll just need some bowls, petroleum jelly, and food (you can use sugar, starchy foods, or pretty much anything – roaches aren’t picky eaters!). Put a thick layer of petroleum jelly all over the inside of the bowl, and put some food at the bottom of the bowl to entice the roaches.
When a German cockroach comes to the bowl for a snack, it will get stuck in the petroleum jelly. Then, you can dispose of the pest.
If you’d like, you can use chemical sprays to kill roaches on contact. You can also use chemical dusts or traps to get rid of them. Just remember that, if you do this, you’ll need to pick up the roach remains and dispose of them promptly!
TIRED OF DEALING WITH GERMAN COCKROACHES?
Call the Dallas pest control services team at Dynasty Pest Control!
Because these pests reproduce so quickly, they can be a pain to get rid of. But – good news – our pest control services team can get rid of German cockroaches in your home for good!
We use only the safest, highest quality products to get rid of roaches and keep your home safe from infestations – even if your home is a “pest magnet.” So, if you’re dealing with a roach problem, call us at (469) 358-1425 or request a free quote online today!