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A Complete Guide To German Cockroaches For Portland Property Owners

a german cockroach on a toothbrush

We all know that cockroaches are pests best left anywhere but in our home. However, not everyone knows the key differences between different species of cockroaches. This lack of knowledge can be a big problem since each cockroach acts differently from another.

One of the most common species to invade homes and businesses is the German cockroach. While they do invade homes, they are more famous for invading places of business like restaurants, hospitals, and food-processing facilities.

German cockroaches can be identified easily by their light brown/tan coloration. They also boast two parallel stripes running down their backs. While German cockroaches do have wings, they prefer to run. As a rule, you'll find these roaches in the warm and humid areas of your property while remaining close to moisture and food.

What Kind Of Problems Do They Bring?

German cockroaches cause a mess of problems for Portland property owners. To start, they can contaminate everything they touch thanks to their traveling and feeding habits. German cockroaches are known to dine on human and roach feces among other disgusting materials, which allows them to collect pathogens and bacteria on their body.

In a place of business like a restaurant, this can translate to contaminated food. At patient care facilities, the very safety of the patient is at risk when an infestation is in progress. Some illnesses and conditions associated with these cockroaches are asthma, allergies, dysentery, diarrhea, and other serious conditions.

Besides the problems they cause by existing, they also are difficult to eliminate once they've invaded. This is because they are hard to kill, can invade in large numbers, and they reproduce rapidly. As such, professional cockroach control is crucial if there is an existing infestation.

Preventing German Cockroaches

Ideally, you can place preventative measures before they get inside the property. Prevention is much easier to accomplish when you heed the following tips:

  • Trash management: All roaches love garbage, including the "German" ones. If you make the trash inaccessible by practicing trash management, they will be less inclined to come around.
  • Remove the dirtiness: German cockroaches like it dirty. As such, the best thing you can do is to clean everything. Mop the floors, wipe the counters down, and pick up clutter and debris to make the property less inviting to these pests.
  • Utility pipes: The plumbing and sewer lines are fair game for them to try to get in the building. Protect these entrances to block their access.
  • Eliminate moisture: If there's no moisture in the area, they won't stay. Period. German cockroaches need moisture to thrive. Make sure everything from dripping faucets to leaky pipes is addressed to remain roach free.
  • Professional assistance: Get professional residential or commercial pest control to benefit from ongoing pest control.

Big Blue Bug Solutions Will Remove German Cockroaches

Cockroaches, no matter the species, are never acceptable in your home or place of business. For over 80 years, our team has worked to ensure pests of all kinds including cockroaches remain far away, where they belong.

We provide a range of pest control services and solutions designed with your needs and budget in mind for the superior results and service you depend on. In addition to our service, we work to keep your property as clean as possible by donning blue gloves and booties to accomplish this.

Are you in need of cockroach-prevention services? Give our team at Big Blue Bug Solutions a call or go online to get started with our pest control options.