German roach infestations are very common in Jacksonville, or Florida in general. We live in prime breeding ground for them. Humid, moisture ridden homes. First thing is to know the difference between an American cockroach (also known in Florida as Palmetto bugs) and a German cockroach. They look different and one is much harder to get rid of than the other.
Size & Coloring
German roaches are known to be smaller than American roaches, they’re about a 1/2 inch in size. They are tan with 2 lines from their head down across their back. American roaches are bigger, at 1 – 2 inches long. Their coloring is more of a reddish brown. American roaches are also known as Palmetto bugs in Florida.
Where They Hide
While both species of roaches like warmth and moisture, German roaches tend to be found in kitchens and bathrooms, they like appliances and the warm areas they provide. American roaches are found in basements, crawl spaces and around drains.
Do you have an Infestation?
First step is to prevent an infestation from even starting, cleaning up after cooking/eating, making sure to vacuum up any crumbs, taking out the trash regularly and avoiding having clutter will help.
But on the chance you think you might have an infestation, here are some signs to look for.
German Roach Infestation
- Roach activity during the day – roaches are nocturnal bugs, if you’re seeing live activity during the day, that likely means you have a pretty big infestation.
- An oily, musty smell – when there are a lot of German roaches, they emit a mild, “musty” smell.
- Cockroach droppings – their droppings look like small, dark pepper-like material left on counters, in drawers or in cabinets.
- Dead roaches – yes, dead roaches are a good thing but that also means there might be alive ones near by.
How to get rid of German Roaches:
- Dry out your home – make sure there is no standing water or moisture ridden areas. Some suggest even buying a dehumidifier if necessary to help dry out the home.
- Take out any trash, make sure to put away and seal up food, keep dishes clean and rinsed off.
- Call a pest control company. German roaches reproduce at a very fast rate and are a difficult bug to kill. Special chemicals are needed to kill the species and often will require multiple pest control visits to get rid of the problem.
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