Salt Lake City's Ultimate German Cockroach Control Guide

German Cockroach on a leaf.

Some pests are creepier than others. The question is, why is this the case? Why do we pay no mind to ants but jump halfway across the room when we spot a centipede? Maybe it has something to do with the number of legs a pest has. We would argue that this is a factor, but not the biggest one. Cockroaches have only six legs but are considered by many to be among the world’s creepiest creatures. We are here today to unravel why this is the case and provide for you some great options to control these pests inside your Salt Lake City home.

What Are German Cockroaches?

There are more than a couple of species of cockroaches that live in Salt Lake City. Thankfully, most prefer to stay outside. One species that does not like living outdoors and regularly invades properties in our area is the German cockroach. Identify one of these pests by its light brown to tan, oval-shaped, ½ to ⅝” long body, six legs, two long antennae, and the two dark, almost parallel lines just behind its head.

Where German Cockroaches Hide

German cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, meaning they do most of their scavenging late at night after you have gone to sleep. When not crawling around your home looking for food and water, these pests hide inside floor and sink drains, in cabinetry, under kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens, and refrigerators, and in other dark, moist places around your home. You are most likely to see these pests late at night after turning on a light. The problem is, due to this pest’s quick reflexes and high speeds, you may not see them for long but rather catch something moving quickly out of the corner of your eye and see nothing once you turn your head to see what it was.

The Danger German Cockroaches Pose

There are two types of dangerous creatures, those that pose a direct threat to human health, and those that pose an indirect threat. Lions and bears are examples of pests that pose a direct threat. Cockroaches are less obviously dangerous. The way these pests threaten health is with the disease-causing organisms they leave on surfaces and the harmful particulates they release into the air from their fecal matter and shed skins. The more German cockroaches there are in a home, the more likely it is that residents will get sick from them.

How To Prevent German Cockroaches

Now that you better understand the German cockroach, Let’s talk about some ways to keep these pests out of your Salt Lake City home. Let’s start with a few prevention tips:

  • Keep your living areas tidy and clean.

  • Reduce moisture around your home using dehumidifiers and by eliminating sources of water buildup.

  • Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Make sure your window/door screens, door sweeps, and weather-stripping are in good repair.

  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers.

  • Invest in trash cans with tight-fitting lids.

The Benefits Of German Cockroach Control

Keeping up with cockroaches is not easy and can be incredibly stressful. To make your life easier and control the cockroaches at your Salt Lake City property, trust the experts at Pest Pro Pest Control. Our services are straightforward and get the job done right the first time. Implemented by a team of friendly and skilled technicians, all of our treatments are designed with you and your home in mind. Call today to learn more about our reliable pest control services and join our family of satisfied customers.

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