German Roaches: Home Invaders

German roaches,  Just saying the name makes most people a little squeamish.  Many a home has been infested and nearly taken over by these creatures making them the most feared and hated bug in existence.  German Roaches and EggsGerman roaches have long been thought to only infest structures that maintain less than sanitary conditions. 

This is not necessarily the case though.  Because they are pests that are introduced into an environment via boxes, used furniture and appliances, luggage, some grocery items and personal belongings, they have the potential to infest even the cleanest home on the block. 

However they find their way into a structure, elimination is the only way to go.  If left untreated, German roaches can contaminate food, cause an unpleasant odor, aggravate asthma symptoms (and other upper respiratory issues) or cause allergic reactions in some people.

German roaches are not only one of the most common pests; they are also one of the most difficult to get rid of.  Part of the reason for that is their ability to reproduce in large numbers in a short period of time. 

Roach Life Cycle

One female roach can produce an egg capsule every 3 to 4 weeks and each egg capsule carries 20 to 40 baby roaches!  One study shows that they  will reproduce and develop quicker when the nest is under stress as a way to preserve the species.  This explains why it sometimes appears as if the roach problem gets worse after a major treatment.

Whether you hire a professional or buy the professional products and treat yourself, there is a key ingredient needed to completely eliminate a German roach problem… that is persistence. 

You will not likely cure the problem with one treatment or one type of treatment.  It will take a continuous effort by you or your pest control professional, using different treatment methods over a period of time to totally rid your home or business of these pests.

There are several methods of treating for a German cockroach infestation available and as mention above, the best option is a combination of treatments.  Spraying a liquid insecticide is a good start to your treatment plan.  To get a good thorough coverage the cabinets should be emptied and appliances should be pulled away from the wall. 

An insect growth regulator should also be added in with the insecticide to prevent the young roaches from maturing into reproducing adults.  This should help control any population explosions.  Insecticides also come in powder forms which are great for applying into cracks, crevices and wall voids.  In addition to spraying and dusting, roach baits are also a treatment option. 


Baits come in a few different forms, such as gels, pastes and powders, which allow you to use one that best fits your situation. If you decide to use the bait in combination with spraying be sure to place the bait in areas you did NOT spray to avoid contamination.  The last option available that is actually chemical free is traps. 

These traps are basically glue boards with a food or pheromone attractant that makes them irresistible to the roaches.  These also make great monitoring devices to determine any areas you may have missed with your initial treatment.

German roaches are not at all an easy pest to get rid of but the situation is not hopeless and you should approach the situation knowing that it will not be solved overnight or with just one treatment.  With the right tools, a little know how and determination, you will soon be German roach free!