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The German Roach is the most stubborn household pest in existence. It is also one of the smallest species of cockroach.  It is much smaller than the American Cockroach, and often confused with the Asian Cockroach. While they are  similar, there are some differences also that can be seen if you know what you are looking for. One disparity is the fact that the German Cockroach never or rarely flies. The Asian Cockroach however flies fairly well and is attracted to the light.

The German Cockroach is found all over the world.  They will be less abundant in regions of prolonged cold weather. Warm climates and the availability of food, water, and harborage will also govern the population and growth of a colony. Wherever you find people you will most likely find the German Cockroach. They are not likely to survive in places without human activity.

Their attraction to human and animal feces, rotting food, sputum, pus, and the like gives them a well-earned "disgust factor" among the general public. Residential infestations are usually worse in kitchens and bathrooms where there are food and moisture sources. Commercial infestations are usually found in restaurants and food processing facilities.

The German Cockroach has 3 life stages. The egg, the nymph, and the adult. The entire life cycle is completed in around 100 days. Factors such as temperature, food, and strain can influence the time of the life cycle. Under ideal conditions population growth can be enormous.

Roaches will feed on anything we eat or what our pets eat. They will even feed on book bindings if no other food source is available.

The German Roach can contaminate food with their feces and pheromone secretions. They transport pathogens that can cause allergies or other respiratory problems. German cockroaches may transmit bacteria responsible for food poisoning. Cockroaches act as mechanical vector in transmitting Salmonella, Shigella, and Cryptosporidium parvum bacteria that cause diarrheal diseases.

They also can  have an all around negative effect on people who have them in their homes. Those people tend not to entertain guests or have family over for fear of disgusting roaches crawling around the house getting on food or dishes. And who wants to go to a restaurant or motel and find these nasty guests are sharing your dinner or might be your roommates.

Most people have a very low tolerance for this pest in their home and will go to excessive lengths to get rid of them. This particular pest, unlike the American Cockroach  requires a more extensive program for annihilation. You need a good, comprehensive program which will include sanitation, inspection, baits, Boractin Dusts, residuals, and IGR's (growth regulators). These treatments may need to be repeated several times to finally break the life cycle.

To find out more about residential and commercial German Roach pest control programs in Brandon, FL  and surrounding areas visit Safari Pest Control, LLC where we offer a special 3 step pest control program that comes with a warranty.  


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