German cockroaches aren’t very picky eaters and feed on almost anything, including soap, glue, and toothpaste. German cockroaches are good hitchhikers and often find their way into new structures via grocery bags, cardboard boxes, drink cartons and secondhand appliances or furniture.
German cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places close to food and moisture sources. They’re often found frequenting residential and commercial kitchen environments, and bathrooms.
In addition to being a creepy crawling nuisance, the German cockroach has been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people. Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Medical studies have shown that German cockroach allergens cause allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children. This makes German cockroach control incredibly vital. If you think you’ve spotted one of these bad boys in your home or commercial business, please give us a call to schedule immediate pest control service.
The Oriental cockroach is another species with a hearty appetite, feeding particularly on decaying organic matter and starchy foods. This species of cockroach can survive without a coat and gloves in freezing outdoor temperatures for long periods of time.
Outside, Oriental cockroaches are often found in sewers and under debris, leaves, stones, and firewood. They will enter structures through door thresholds, under sliding glass doors, along with utility pipes and through floor drains. Once indoors, Oriental cockroaches find shelter in basements and crawl spaces.
Similar to their German roach relatives, Oriental roaches have been reported to spread various forms of disease and gastroenteritis such as food poisoning and diarrhea. This species is often of more concern than others as these roaches often travel through sewer pipes and drains, lives on filth and produces odorous secretions from their bodies which can affect the flavors of various foods. Cockroach excrement and cast skins also cause allergic reactions in humans like rashes, nasal congestion, asthma, and sneezing. If you suspect Oriental roach activity in your home or business, we’re available to hustle out for treatment ASAP! Call: 816 444 BUGS.