German roaches are the most common type of cockroach in the world. They are found all throughout the United States and are most commonly associated with restaurants, nursing homes, food processing facilities, and hotels.
The American Lung Association is exploring evidence that early exposure to cockroach allergen can cause asthma to develop in preschool-aged children. The National Pest Management Association reports that 63% of homes in the United States contain cockroach allergens.
This is because cockroaches, especially German roaches, only need three things to survive: food, water, and warmth. This is applicable to American Roaches and Oriental Roaches as well. These pests harbor in hard-to-find areas, such as small cracks in the wall or near electric sockets. German cockroaches thrive in environments that are warm and humid, with temperatures above 70 degrees being ideal for habitation. It’s for this reason that they’re most commonly found in kitchens, especially in crevices around the floor and sink, as well as the fridge. Though less common, they will also nest in bathrooms.
German cockroaches can be identified by several key characteristics. Adults are 1/2'' to 5/8'' long, light-brown with two black stripes longitudinal behind the head. With wings that are kept close to the body. Young German roaches (nymphs) are smaller, some tiny, tear-dropped shaped with the two black stripes covering most of the body. Nymphs are without wings.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, cockroaches can be an allergy trigger. Like we mentioned earlier, over 63% of homes in the United States contain cockroach allergens. In urban areas, this number can increase to between 78% and 98% of homes. Proteins in these cockroach allergens can cause allergic reactions or asthma attacks, especially in children.
Additionally, cockroaches are known to spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella species, six types of parasitic worms, and seven kinds of human pathogens. These bacteria are especially harmful when they come into contact with food, and these contaminants can cause fevers, diarrhea, and vomiting.
German Roaches are not native to the United States and are carried by people. Many times they are brought into homes from other homes or businesses in belongings. Although you might not always be able to keep German roaches from being brought in, you can minimize the probability of them becoming an infestation. Good sanitation is key. Keep dishes washed and dried. Wipe down counter tops. Clean up spilled food in cabinets and rotate dry goods to make sure things that are older are used first. Vacuum and mop your home regularly, with a special emphasis on the kitchen and other areas where you may eat. Empty your pet food containers at night and make sure to take out the trash regularly. If you already have a cockroach infestation, BioShield can help. We will provide you with a free home inspection from our team of local professionals, and our available green products are healthy for the environment but will effectively treat pests. Contact us for your free consultation today.