Cockroaches – often called cockroaches – is the common term for a variety of cockroach species from the Blattidae family. This is an aggressive insect species that is one of the most nauseating pests in the world. There are several reasons for this: Cockroaches are storage pests, which means they thrive in human proximity. In addition, cockroaches not only cause damage to clothing and furnishings, but also contaminate food available to them by eating and defecating.
HOW DO COCKROACHES GET INTO THE APARTMENT?
Cockroaches are known to appear in neglected environments. However, cockroaches are not generally known to occur due to lack of cleanliness or hygiene. Rather, cockroaches enter the home through food packaging, used kitchen appliances, or holiday luggage. Cockroaches can also migrate into the apartment or house from neighbouring restaurants, canteens or laundries. Cockroaches find ideal living conditions especially in rooms with a warm and humid room climate – especially in the bathroom and kitchen.
ARE COCKROACHES DANGEROUS?
Cockroach infestation usually represents an immense health risk. Besides salmonella and mould spores, cockroaches can also transmit many diseases – such as skin and/or respiratory diseases. But that’s not all: toxins in cockroach faeces have been shown to cause allergies and represent an increased risk of gastrointestinal infection. In addition, transmissions of cholera, hepatitis B, polio, dysentery, tuberculosis and typhoid fever have been documented. Therefore, children, senior citizens and persons with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk of cockroach infestation.
HOW DO I RECOGNIZE A COCKROACH INFESTATION?
Once they enter a house or apartment, cockroaches multiply rapidly. Therefore, an infestation must be detected as early as possible and appropriate countermeasures must be taken. The problem is that cockroaches often hide in hiding places during the day, for example in cracks or under kitchen appliances. Like many other pests, cockroaches are nocturnal, which means that they do not emerge from their hiding places until dusk and usually cannot be detected until then.
ARE TYPICAL SIGNS OF COCKROACH INFESTATION
- Insect Skins: As cockroaches grow, they shed their skin several times. The stripped off hull usually remains near the place of retreat.
- Egg pack: These are also deposited near the point of retreat.
- Excretions: Cockroach droppings resemble coffee powder and are about a millimeter long. On walls or other surfaces, excrement traces often run in a line.
- Odor development: Depending on the size of the population, cockroaches communicate via certain signals. In doing so, they emit chemical scents that can also be perceived by humans as a sweet, penetrating odor. This is remotely reminiscent of lovage, also known as Maggi herb.
- Eating damage and impurities: Damage to food supplies, clothing and furnishings also indicates cockroach infestation.
If a cockroach crosses your path during the day, it can be assumed that there is a severe infestation. It is imperative that you contact an experienced pest controller.
SHOULD I KILL THE COCKROACH AS SOON AS I SEE IT?
Contrary to what many guidebooks claim, a cockroach can be crushed or trampled on without hesitation. However, it would be better to catch the cockroach in a container so that an expert species identification can be carried out. The individual cockroach species are fought in different ways because they have developed different resistances. There are also some harmless beetle species that are often confused with cockroaches for visual reasons.
HOW ARE COCKROACHES BEST CONTROLLED?
Once in the house, cockroaches are difficult to get rid of. Various information sites recommend household remedies such as catnip, bay leaves or vinegar – however, these preparations do not have a repellent effect. Instead, thorough cleaning and packing all food in such a way that the pests can no longer reach them (e.g. in tightly closed containers such as tin cans, Tupperware, etc.) helps.
The use of special baits should always be left to a professional, as the substances contained in the pesticides can cause skin irritation or other side effects if used improperly or inadvertently in direct contact. Children and pets are particularly at risk.
Get detailed advice in advance and ask for the support of an experienced pest controller. We help you to clarify the cockroach infestation at an early stage and quickly take the necessary steps to drive the vermin out of your home.