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German Cockroach Control 101: What Every Rhode Island Property Owner Ought To Know

If you’re seeing cockroaches in your Rhode Island home, there’s a good chance you’re seeing German cockroaches. Not only are German cockroaches one of the most common cockroaches in Rhode Island, but they can also be found in many homes across the country and throughout the world. 


German cockroaches are easy to recognize. They are flat and oval-shaped, have six legs, and two antennae. They range in size from ½ inch to 5/8 of an inch long. They are light brown to tan in color and often have two dark stripes on their back. 


German cockroaches, like many other cockroach species, can be problematic. Here’s what every Rhode Island property owner ought to know about German cockroaches.

Problems With German Cockroaches

One of the biggest problems with German cockroaches is how quickly they can reproduce. The German cockroach, in fact, reproduces faster than any other cockroach. They can grow from egg to adult in just 50 to 60 days. Just one female German cockroach can produce as many as 30,000 baby cockroaches every year. Now just imagine that multiplied by hundreds of female German cockroaches, and it's easy to understand how a small problem can turn into a full-blown infestation in a hurry.  Disease is another problem with German cockroaches. Cockroaches are known to be carriers of salmonellosis, dysentery, and gastroenteritis. Furthermore, the droppings of German cockroaches have been associated with eczema and asthma. German cockroaches in your home can invade every space, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom, transferring germs and bacteria everywhere. German cockroaches can access your home through the smallest of openings. They will come inside in search of food and water, and once there, they will stay. Though you can do your best to keep your home tidy and water sources to a minimum, cockroaches are resourceful and will likely find what they need to survive in spite of your best efforts.  German cockroaches are extremely hard to get rid of once you have a problem. Traps and sprays are simply ineffective. Sprays for cockroaches are harmful because they contain chemicals that put the health and safety of your pets and family members at risk. Using these products will kill some cockroaches, but they won't eliminate the problem at its source.

How Can You Prevent Getting German Cockroaches In Your Home?

The bad news is you can’t guarantee that you won’t get German cockroaches in your home. However, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk. One thing to remember is that German cockroaches look for food, water, and warmth. Here are some useful tips for cockroach control:

  • Keep your house clean. It’s true you don’t need a dirty home to develop a cockroach problem, but cleaning up food messes and avoiding open food containers goes a long way toward keeping cockroaches out of your home. Also, keep wet papers and cardboard picked up at all times.

  • Eliminate any standing water problems in your home. Leaking pipes and improperly functioning drains can lead to water build-up that will attract German cockroaches. German cockroaches will hitchhike into your home. Inspect any boxes, furniture, appliances, or clothing you bring into your home, especially those that are purchased second-hand. 

  • Most importantly, try to locate as many openings in your home as you can and seal them. German cockroaches don’t need a big opening to get inside. Repair cracks, holes, and gaps that could allow for easy entrance.

How To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches In Providence, RI

When you are faced with a German cockroach invasion, don’t try to eliminate the problem on your own. German cockroaches proliferate quickly and trying to manage the problem without professional assistance will prove overwhelming. Instead, reach out to an experienced and licensed pest control expert to effectively control your cockroach problem.  There’s no better answer to cockroach and pest control in Providence Rhode Island than Northeast Region Pest Control. We offer residential and commercial services and customer service that goes above and beyond. In fact, we guarantee that you will be satisfied with our pest control services. Reach out to us today, and let us help you get rid of the German cockroaches in your Rhode Island business or residence.

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