Hattiesburg's Extreme Guide To The German Cockroach

January 16, 2020

Have you ever watched a show that challenges people to face their fears to earn money? Cockroaches are usually a staple. People get covered in cockroaches, eat cockroaches, and even allow themselves to be stuck in rooms filled with roaches, usually for a chance to earn some sort of prize--because who in their right mind would interact with cockroaches without a good incentive?! The truth is, cockroaches are a pest that should be feared. Here in Hattiesburg, we have one species of cockroach that is causing an extra amount of trouble for homeowners. It’s called the German cockroach. Here are some things you should know.

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What Are German Cockroaches

The German cockroach is the most common species of roach found here in Hattiesburg and the most likely culprit for the skittering you keep hearing late at night. Light brown to tan in color, the German cockroach can be identified by the two dark, nearly parallel stripes on its back, just behind its head. Most commonly this roach can be found in warm, humid, and secluded areas around the home such as laundry rooms, basements, beneath appliances, and around kitchens. However, you can also see these pests out in broad daylight. Cockroaches by nature are nocturnal pests and will not enter into a room if they think a larger lifeform is present. If you do see a cockroach in broad daylight, that is a bad sign. It most likely means that the population of cockroaches in your home has expanded to the point where resources are low, causing cockroaches to become braver and more desperate.

Why German Cockroaches Are Bad News

Something you should know about cockroaches is that they will eat practically anything including paper, fecal matter, glue, ear wax, dead skin, and even saliva. Cockroaches will also eat rotting, dead, or decaying organisms in the trash, around sewers, and anywhere else that is filthy and unclean. This behavior causes cockroaches to pick up pathogens, parasites, and diseases. In fact, cockroaches are known to carry 33 dangerous bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 parasitic worms. That’s a lot of problems that can be spread around your home by invading roaches.

Some Prevention Steps To Keep Roaches At Bay

If your Hattiesburg home does not currently have a roach infestation, there are a few things you can do to keep it that way. Here are some strategies we recommend.

  • Limit where you are eating meals, or at least clean once you are done. Crumbs of food in your bed or between couch cushions can be a quick way to invite roaches to stick around.
  • Keep your kitchen clean. This is where cockroaches are most likely to be found within the home so keeping this area as clean as possible is vital.
  • Empty the trash regularly and make sure all of your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
  • Pick up and clean out pet food and water bowls before bedtime.
  • Store leftover foods inside airtight plastic containers.
  • Limit cockroach’s access to your home. This can be done by sealing cracks in your home’s exterior, replacing broken weather stripping, repairing damage to your home’s exterior, installing door sweeps on all exterior doors, and fixing broken screeing.

How Can You Get Rid Of German Cockroaches?

If cockroaches have gotten into your home, there is not much you can do to completely eliminate them, that is, without extensive training and experience in using and implementing pest control methods. The question is, how long would it take you to get rid of German cockroaches on your own?

Here at Holifield Pest Management, we have an easier solution to your cockroach problem. Implementing tested and proven methods, our cockroach control is designed to quickly and effectively remove roaches from homes. With help from one of our trained technicians, your home can be cockroach-free ASAP. No extra stress, no trial-and-error, just quick and easy treatments you can rely on.

Give us a call today to learn more about how we treat for cockroaches or to schedule services for your Hattiesburg home.

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