What It Takes To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches In Your Pasadena Home

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We won't make any bones about it, cockroaches are one of the worst pests you can get in your home, and German cockroaches are the worst of the worst. We'll get into why that is the case later on in this article, but you should know right off the bat that these sneaky, dirty little critters need to be at the top of your Pasadena pest control priority list.

How To Identify A German Cockroach  

German cockroach identification is actually pretty easy compared to identifying other types of cockroaches. German roaches look fairly different from most of the other cockroaches you'll see in the Pasadena area. These roaches are smaller than American and oriental cockroaches; they are also lighter in color, usually tan or light brown. Another defining feature you can use to tell German cockroaches apart from other species is the two parallel black stripes running from the base of their heads to the start of their wings. If you see a cockroach that looks like this in your house, you need to do something about it right away.

Why German Cockroaches Are Worse Than Other Roaches

As individuals, German cockroaches are not really any worse than other types of cockroaches. They are just as dirty as other roaches and spread the same diseases. However, the reason a German cockroach infestation is so much worse than any other type of cockroach infestation is that German cockroaches breed at an alarmingly fast rate.

If you see a German cockroach running around your home, in all likelihood, here are fifty more around that you don't see. This it's all thanks to the German cockroach’s legendary breeding skills. Females can start reproducing in as little as six weeks after hatching and lay up to 600 eggs each year. This means a handful of breeding females can balloon into thousands of roaches in your home in just a few months—much faster than any other type of cockroach in our area. This is what makes German cockroach treatment so notoriously difficult.

The Trick To Completely Get Rid Of German Cockroaches In Your House

Not only do German cockroaches breed incredibly fast, but they also have the legendary resistance to insecticides that all cockroaches boast. This means they can stand up to most over-the-counter cockroach control products with little to no issue. This, in turn, means there's not a whole lot that homeowners can do to eliminate a German cockroach infestation once it has established itself.

The best thing you can do if you start to see signs of cockroach infestation is to call the professional pest control experts. At Accutech Pest Management, we use cockroach control products and techniques these notoriously tough bugs can't resist. They might be able to withstand nuclear fallout, but they can't withstand our line of targeted treatments. If you want a roach-free life, don't waste your time with store-bought products. Just give us a ring! 

How To Prevent Cockroaches From Returning To Your Home

The good news is that you don't have to wait until you get a German cockroach infestation to do something about them. The best cockroach control method is cockroach prevention. Even better, you don't have to upend your whole life to make your house unappealing to cockroaches. You just have to follow a few simple best practices:

  • Keep all indoor and outdoor trash cans tightly covered at all times.
  • Never leave pet food or dirty pet bowls sitting out.
  • Always clean up after meals right away, and avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink as much as possible.
  • Store pantry foods in airtight containers to mask their scent.
  • Vacuum and wipe down surfaces frequently to remove crumbs that roaches could eat.
  • Declutter your home regularly to eliminate roach hiding spots. 

And remember, if you start to suspect you have a cockroach infestation, don't wait until it takes over your whole house. Contact the experts here at Accutech Pest Management for help.

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