Scientific Name: Blattella germanica
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How do you get rid of Cockroaches in the house, garage, attic, shed etc.?
Extermination & Control:
Normally in residential settings Cockroaches are brought into a structure via cardboard boxes, grocery bags, furniture etc. Visual inspections completed by ICU Pest Control local cockroach exterminators, combined with sticky traps which are used as a monitoring tool will help indicate infestation areas, your kitchen is usually the best place to start. Good Cockroach extermination programs always begin with proper sanitation to eliminate water, food and shelter these roaches need to survive. Sanitation in your home or office should be conducted in areas around and under your sink, under and behind the stove including the gable between the stove and cabinets which can be a buffet of treats for cockroaches, coffee machines, toasters, microwaves, garbage cans, refrigerators, exhaust fans and screens and anywhere else food particles are present, or food is stored.
FREQUENTLY ASKED Cockroache EXTERMINATION & CONTROL QUESTIONS
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These roaches are 1/2 to 7/8-inches in length when adults, light brown in colour with completely formed wings with two dark bars which run parallel on the section behind the head. With the males being slightly narrower than the females. With nymphs being 1/16 to 1/8 in length when emerging from the egg, while consistently dark with a lighter tan coloured area on their backs.
Throughout the lifespan of the female cockroach she will produce 3 to 9 egg capsules which encompass 25 to 50 eggs. She will carry the eggs partially inside her abdomen until 1 or 2 days before the nymphs are ready to emerge then releases the capsule in a secluded area, releasing the capsule to early can kill the nymphs as they rely on the female for hydration. Molting 5 or 6 times before the adult stage is achieved. Requiring roughly 100 days for the process with a life expectancy around 100 to 200 days.
5 reasons the German cockroach is such a pest
In addition, these two influences combine to create what is called a high reproductive potential, in entomologists’ terms, which causes German cockroach infestations much faster. Through out the entire time the embryos are developing inside the egg capsule the female German cockroach carries the capsule, which in turn helps the roach eggs avoid dangers and other hazards that could damage the egg if it was isolated or detached before the hatch. With the residual effect being more nymphs (baby cockroach) survive the hatch, thus giving us a greater reproductive potential.
German cockroach nymphs are also known for staying close together and close to the female after they hatch causing a greater population density. German cockroach nymphs also respond to aggregation pheromone in correlation with there frass, which can also affect individuals in the colony with elevated aggregation or clumping occurring. So, if we take into consideration all 5 of these factors in conjunction with the German cockroach’s ability to adapt to environmental and food source changes, gives the German cockroach a very high survival rate which causes faster German cockroach infestations.
When dealing with any cockroach infestation it is always recommended to contact your local pest control services for professional cockroach removal and cockroach control recommendations. Your local pest control company will come up with a proper cockroach extermination plan including all prep work that must be done prior to any roach killer program.
German Cockroach Extermination Preparation Checklist For All Areas Being Treated
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