Let’s face it – everyone hates roaches – especially in our homes! Roaches are one of the most common household pests. While we don’t want ANY roaches getting into our homes, we especially don’t want German cockroaches. They reproduce much faster than any of their counterparts and can be especially difficult to get rid of.

German cockroaches are found worldwide but they prefer warmer, more humid areas. They are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms in both homes and commercial buildings like restaurants. German cockroaches have a distinctive appearance with light brown or tan coloring and 2 black horizontal stripes. German cockroaches are hitchhikers and are usually brought inside on bags, boxes, cardboard, or even used appliances. They are also scavengers and will eat any food they can find – crumbs, pet food, food off of dirty dishes, soap, glue, and even the binding of books.

Some common signs of a German cockroach problem include:

  • Droppings. German cockroach droppings are small and dark and look like pepper. They are found on countertops and in drawers. They can also be found along the tops of doors or around small cracks and openings.
  • Egg Capsules. In areas where the female roaches frequent, oftentimes empty egg casings can be seen.
  • Smell. German cockroaches are known to give off a number of odorous compounds. If the population is large enough, it is possible to detect a mild, musty odor in your home.
  • Sightings. German cockroaches are mostly active at night. Seeing them roaming your house after dark is one sign you may have a problem. Because they are nocturnal creatures, if you spot any of them during the day this is usually an indication of a bigger problem.

So what can you do to prevent these odious creatures from invading your home? Check out these 18 tips to keep German roaches out!

  1. Empty your trashcans often and keep them clean.
  2. Clean up crumbs from counters and floors daily, including spilled pet food.
  3. Sweep daily.
  4. Vacuum frequently.
  5. Make sure food is not left in sink strainers.
  6. Run the garbage disposal frequently.
  7. Keep food (including pet food) sealed in airtight containers.
  8. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight.
  9. Keep appliances clean of food and grease.
  10. Clean out clutter in your garage and attic, especially cardboard.
  11. Use plastic storage boxes rather than cardboard when possible.
  12. Seal entrances around utility pipes.
  13. Ventilate crawlspaces to prevent moisture.
  14. Store soap out of reach.
  15. Don’t leave pet food out in bowls overnight.
  16. Dry all sinks, tubs, and showers before bed each night.
  17. Use a dehumidifier in your home.
  18. If you suspect you have a cockroach problem contact a professional pest control company for a thorough inspection and treatment plan.