The German roach is a small species of cockroach that is around ½” long. It can be tan, brown, to almost black. It has 2 dark streaks running parallel from head to the base of the wings. It does have wings, but it is not able to sustain flight. German roaches are associated with restaurants, hotels, nursing homes and residential homes.
The German roach is very successful at establishing itself in buildings and is resilient against attempts to eliminate them. The German roach is a scavenger and is omnivorous. They like starch, meats, sugar and grease.
In order to eliminate an infestation of roaches multiple treatments are usually necessary. There are a variety of products that will be used to eliminate the infestation including liquids, baits, dusts and traps.
A minimum of three treatments will be needed to effectively control roach problems. The eggs will hatch out for up to ninety days. It is very important for effective control to keep food and moisture at a minimum and to have the monthly treatments performed on a regular basis.
In extreme cases, we must perform a roach “clean out” using an Actisol machine. Below is a list for preparations for an effective roach clean out:
- Remove all items from kitchen cabinets and drawers. Please make sure that the areas under the sinks are clean and empty. All items need to be placed out of the way and covered. All food should be sealed tightly.
- Please do not place any items on the counters, stove, floor, or in the sink. Stack items out of the way.
- Wash shelves, drawers, and counter tops prior to the treatment.
- You must be out of the property during the treatment and stay out for 3 hours after the treatment. The treatment will take approximately 1 hour per property.
- Pets, if possible, should be removed from the property during the treatment. If they can not be removed please lock them in the back bedroom and place a note on the front door to alert the technician as to the presence of a pet. Fish tanks and/or bird cages should be removed if possible, but at least be placed in the back bedroom.
- Keep your property clean and sanitary.