Some things in life are directly harmful to a person’s health, like crashing a car. Other things, however, aren’t as noticeably threatening. One thing we highly encourage homeowners around Spring Branch to consider is just how dangerous some pests can be. Today we will be talking about the German cockroach, a threatening insect that regularly invades homes in our area. To help you better understand this pest, here are some things to consider today.
Is This A German Cockroach?
A cockroach is a flat, oval-shaped insect with a hard compressible body, six legs, and a pair of straight antennae. There are a few different kinds of cockroaches in our area, and each looks a bit different. A German cockroach has a light-brown to tan-colored body, is small, and has two almost parallel dark lines located behind its head. Other ways to identify cockroaches indoors include looking for the signs they leave behind. Here are just a few common signs of cockroaches to watch out for.
- Coffee-like fecal droppings
- Grease marks
- Shed skins
- Egg castings
- Dead roaches
If you have noticed anything that might be considered a sign of cockroaches, your next step should be to get a second opinion. At Hill County Pest Solutions, we offer no-obligation pest inspections to aid homeowners in identifying pests like roaches in and around their homes.
How Are German Cockroaches Harmful To Your Health?
German cockroaches are not directly harmful to human health; that is to say, they do not bite or sting. In fact, if cooked properly, you can even eat these bugs. The problem with German cockroaches and other kinds of cockroaches in our area is that they carry dirty and transmit disease-causing organisms. When a roach crawls through a home, it spreads bacteria, pathogens, and parasites over surfaces, left out food, and other things like beverage containers. Some of the most common diseases these pests carry and spread include salmonellosis, cholera, gastroenteritis, leprosy, and listeriosis.
In addition to spreading disease, cockroaches are also a threat to people with asthma and other respiratory problems. You see, their skin and droppings are dry and picked up by air currents indoors. These by-products act like dust and cause breathing difficulty in certain individuals.
How Can I Get Rid Of German Cockroaches?
One thing you should know about German and other kinds of cockroaches in our area is that they are not simple pests to treat. Cockroaches run and hide inside deep crevices, wall voids, and other secluded areas when faced with danger. Sometimes they will use gaps, cracks, and openings to leave homes and wait outdoors until it is safe to return. If you do not find and implement a treatment that completely eradicates these pests and then put in place long-term prevention strategies to keep them out in the future, your problems will not stop.
How Professional Cockroach Control Can Help
If you have cockroaches inside your home and don’t know how to get them out, there is an easy solution. At Hill Country Pest Solutions, we offer detailed home pest control options to aid homeowners in Spring Branch combat dangerous pests like roaches indoors. We will send one of our highly trained and friendly technicians to visit your home. They will perform a detailed inspection, walk you through treatment options, address your problem, and apply an invisible pest control shield to keep future invaders out.Call today to learn more about pest control in Spring Branch and find a service option through Hill Country Pest Solutions that best fits your needs.