San Mateo's Guide To Getting Rid Of Cockroaches

Close up look of a German cockroach

The San Mateo pest control professionals at Pacific Pest Management know that roaches can happen to anyone. These insects have been on the earth for millions of years, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a myth that cockroaches only seek out and live in dirty places. Sure, extra clutter doesn’t hurt to entice them, but these pests will travel anywhere. Learn more about these pests, including how to identify them, what dangers they can bring into your home, and how to get rid of them for good.

How To Identify A German Cockroach 

Their small size and flattened bodies identify German cockroaches. They're light brown to tan in color and are around 1/2 an inch long. They like humid, warm weather and can be found in the pantry, laundry rooms, and cupboards.

These pests will squeeze under small nooks and cracks, and you're most likely to find a German cockroach nest near appliances like the stove, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator. Cabinets, pantries, and drawers are other places they will seek out for the warmth and protection of their eggs. Their eggs look like little brown capsules and are usually stuck to the wall, appliance, cabinet, or floor with a mix of roach droppings and yellow foot jelly.

Why German Cockroaches Are Considered Dangerous 

German cockroaches in your house are dangerous because of how they eat, travel, live, and nest. The yellow sticky substance they produce on the bottom of their feet to climb incredibly smooth surfaces picks up pathogens as the cockroach travels, making illnesses easily transferable to humans and pets. The most common illness caused by roaches is gastroenteritis, as the salmonella and E. coli that they carry will cause an upset gastrointestinal system. Signs of mild GI inflammation include:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Dizziness

Chronic GI inflammation is one of the most common signs of a German cockroach infestation. Cockroaches also favor dog and cat food. If your pet has had sudden bouts of gastroenteritis or pancreatitis, check around; you could have a cockroach problem.  

The Best Way to Get Rid Of German Cockroaches In Your Home 

If you’ve identified a cockroach problem, we’re sure you want to know how to get rid of cockroaches in your house. Natural DIY methods are great for preventing problems, but once you have an infestation, you'll need professional help. Over-the-counter pesticides are generally ineffective at dealing with an infestation and can cause you and your family harm if improperly used. If you want the best German cockroach killer, call Pacific Pest Management.

Five Simple Tips To Prevent Future Cockroach Problems 

Pacific Pest Management has nearly two decades of experience controlling the pest population in and around San Mateo. We know all the tricks of the trade and encourage all homeowners to be active participants in pest management in their homes and on their property. Once you are cockroach-free, here are five simple tips to prevent future cockroach problems:

  • Address moisture concerns like leaky pipes or faucets.
  • Schedule a monthly deep clean in the kitchen and laundry room. 
  • Seal up potential access points on the exterior of your home like cracks and gaps.
  • Repair mesh screens, replace weatherstripping, and repair damaged wooden structures.
  • Trim back shrubs from your home, clear away new debris, and eliminate standing water.

If you come up against a cockroach problem, give Pacific Pest Management a call. Our pest control service is guaranteed, and we provide free estimates and offer same-day emergency services for your convenience and peace of mind.