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Can You Eradicate German cockroaches?

The German cockroach is very good at setting up an ecological area in buildings and is durable in the face of lots of pest-control treatments. To be successful, control procedures should be extensive, continual, and methodical; survival of just a few eggs is quite adequate to regenerate a virtually exterminated pest population within a few generations, and recolonization from surrounding populations frequently is extremely fast, too.

Why is the German cockroach so difficult to control?

  • Lack of natural predators in a human environment
  • Prolific reproduction
  • Very short reproductive cycle
  • The ability to hide in very small refuges
  • Sexual maturity attained within several weeks
  • Adaptation and resistance to some chemical pesticides and baits
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Where do they like to take cover?

German cockroaches prefer confined spaces, and they are small compared to other pest species, so they can hide within small gaps and crevices that are easy to miss, therefore evading people and their extermination efforts.

Adaptive selection

A strain of German cockroaches has emerged that responds to glucose as distastefully bitter. They refuse to consume sweetened baits, which creates a challenge to their control, given that those baits are an economical and effective means of regulation.

  • German cockroaches can initially infest a structure when infested grocery bags are brought indoors. Inspect groceries for cockroaches before putting away. Keep grocery bags in outside storage places.
  • Cockroaches reproduce prolifically in corrugated cardboard boxes. Dispose of unneeded boxes immediately.
  • Keep doors and windows shut.
  • Keep window and soffit screens in good repair to stop cockroaches from entering your house.
  • Check attic vents and make certain that large openings around exterior drain lines and sewage system vents are screened or sealed. Make use of tightly stuffed steel wool as a temporary filler till openings can be sealed effectively.
  • Caulk or otherwise seal crevices and gaps around frames of doors and windows and around pipes and electrical to help stop cockroaches from entering your house.
  • Seal spaces in between door frames and doors with weather stripping.
  • Kids can carry cockroaches from school to home in book bags and lunch containers. Inspect these items regularly.
  • Properties such as apartments that are separated by a common wall are particularly difficult situations. An invasion can migrate in between apartments through the pipes within a common wall. Therefore, cockroaches from one apartment can quickly migrate to another apartment, infesting a “well-kept” residence. To help avoid this, caulk holes in common walls and around pipes.

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