Signs of German Cockroaches in Bedminster, NJ; Live & Dead Roach Sightings, Droppings & More

German Cockroaches are the most widespread roach in the USA. They are the nightmare of cockroaches as they are the most destructive to your home and the hardest to get rid of. Their favorite diet consists of leftover people’s food; but they will eat pretty much anything else they can find which is why they will live as close to us as possible. Adults are tan or light brown with two dark stripes on the plate-like structure that covers all or part of their thorax. Younger roaches are almost completely black with the same stripes. They have wings but will almost never use them as they would rather run and can grow up to 5/8 inches long. They will bring huge amounts of germs and bacteria into the home and will contaminate the space around them with their waste products that can cause allergies. Fast rates of reproduction will have them wreaking havoc in your home, so it’s imperative to take all steps necessary to prevent them.

Signs of a German Cockroach Infestation

1. Because they are nocturnal, seeing them during the day means you have a serious problem as they’re running out of room in their hiding spots. Seeing large numbers of smaller brown roaches, particularly in the kitchen or bathrooms, as these areas give them the moisture and food they need to survive.
2. German cockroaches secrete a variety of smells. If you notice an oily, musty smell, there’s a fair chance you have an infestation of German cockroaches.
3. The fact you have cockroaches is bad enough, but now you have to put up with their droppings too! The droppings look like ground pepper or coffee grounds and are found on countertops or in drawers. These droppings can cause dark stains in the corners of the rooms in your house.
4. Finding a dead roach means there are others in your home that are alive.

German Cockroach Prevention & Control

Sometimes it won’t matter what you do to prevent them, you still might get them. If cockroaches take up residence in your home or apartment, you need to know they’re planning to stay for a longtime. It seems almost impossible to get rid of them. Eliminating your food won’t solve the problem. German cockroaches will eat soap, toothpaste and even books. All it takes is one dirty dish in the sink overnight for cockroaches to have a feast. Do it yourself methods may kill some of them but there are big downsides. Store bought chemicals can be harmful if not applied properly and they are not as effective as commercial grade products. Spraying a few roaches will only kills those few at most. This can leave hundreds untouched, alive and well. Bug bombs can be a little more effective but still won’t get everywhere like behind the walls where they are notorious for hiding. “Bombing” an entire home should be left to professionals for safety reasons as well as effectiveness.

How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches

German cockroaches multiply faster and in larger numbers than any other cockroach and one sole survivor renders all efforts made to exterminate them pointless. They will come back shortly and more resistant to the chemicals that were used before. Take all precautionary steps to avoid them from taking up residence in your home and call the professionals at Merlin’s Pest Control when you discover any of the tell-tale signs of a German cockroach infestation.

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