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How To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches In Your Washington, D.C. Home

November 23, 2022 - Cockroaches

There are several types of cockroaches that we deal with on a regular basis in Washington, D.C. German cockroaches can present real threats to the health of you and your family. Not only do they readily spread a number of diseases, but they are notorious for multiplying quickly and being extremely difficult to exterminate.

In this blog, we’ll explain how to identify a German cockroach, why they are worse than other roaches, and why DIY doesn’t work with these pests. If you have seen German cockroaches in your home, call Miche Pest Control. Our plans for pest control in Washington, D.C., include a thorough German cockroach regimen. This regimen entails flushing out the cockroaches, exterminating the adults and nymphs with a variety of pads, liquids, and traps, and a follow-up service call.

How To Identify A German Cockroach

German cockroaches are generally on the tan to brown/black spectrum in color. Their bodies measure between 1/2 and 5/8 of an inch, and they have two dark lines on their torsos. The males have a tapered rear, while the females have a larger and rounder posterior.

Due to their destructive and harmful nature, properly identifying the German cockroach is very important. If you believe you have a roach problem, don’t attempt to exterminate them yourself. Call in professionals for a thorough job you can count on.

Why German Cockroaches Are Worse Than Other Roaches

German cockroaches are particularly nasty pests that can cause you and your family to contract a variety of illnesses. German roaches are known to trigger severe allergic reactions as well as:

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Bacteria and parasites
  • Listeriosis 
  • Dysentery
  • Plague 
  • Cholera
  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Leprosy

German roaches spread these illnesses through contact with food items and surfaces, feces, and the shedding they leave behind. You don’t need to make direct contact with German cockroaches to get sick.

On top of the dangers a German cockroach infestation can bring, they are among the fastest reproducers of all roaches. It takes only 50-60 days for an egg to reach adulthood. A single female carries an average of 32 eggs and can replicate this eight times per year. That equates to nearly 300 roach offspring from a single female.

Why Do-It-Yourself German Cockroach Control Fails

German cockroach extermination is by no stretch a DIY project. Due to fast reproduction cycles, their ability to hide in hard-to-reach places, and their aversion to daylight, German cockroaches are particularly difficult to exterminate. It takes real professionals to eradicate them. 

Here are the most common reasons why DIY German cockroach control fails:

  • Inability to locate the entire roach population
  • Improper identification of the type of roach
  • Over-reliance on sprays
  • Improper placement of traps
  • Incorrect or lack of use of growth regulators

While DIY extermination of German cockroaches is ill-advised, there are some tips we can provide to show you how to deter cockroaches from inhabiting your home. These include removing access points to the house, reducing moisture, and sealing food in airtight containers.

The Pros To Call To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches For Good

At Miche Pest Control, we take pride in our ability to exterminate German cockroaches thoroughly. An infestation is a nasty problem, and roach pest control is particularly difficult for the inexperienced. We have developed a complete approach that has produced superb roach extermination results. We start by confirming that your roaches are, in fact, German cockroaches and then force them from their hiding places. We utilize a proprietary combination of cockroach pesticides (powders and sprays) and gel baits to kill the roaches. Throughout our extermination process, we use an insect growth regulator to ensure that immature roaches don’t mature and perpetuate the problem once we finish. Afterward, we follow up as necessary until all the German cockroaches are gone. Our elimination protocol makes Miche Pest Control the best German cockroach killer in Washington, D.C.

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