The insects that can infest our places of life and work are numerous: from fleas to ticks, ants and cockroaches, the possibility of annoying infestations of the places where we live and work is not, unfortunately, at all remote.
Among the most feared insects is undoubtedly the cockroach: the fear towards this animal is not only related to its repugnant appearance, but also to the fact that it is a vehicle of potentially very serious infections.
In order to prevent an infestation by these animals, there are basic rules of hygiene and food conservation that must absolutely be respected and implemented. However, if an infestation should occur in any case, it is useful to have clear information about the life habits of these animals, because knowing their habits allows you to put in place all the useful strategies for their elimination or, at least, a definitive removal.
In the meantime, it must be said that the cockroaches are not all the same: in fact, there are different subspecies. In Italy, the most common categories of cockroach are the German cockroach, also called brown cockroach, the American cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. Each subspecies differs in physical characteristics, life cycle, diet and life habits.
Below we analyze the main characteristics of one of the most common cockroach, the German cockroach.
The Сharacteristics of the German Сockroach
The German cockroach is perhaps the most widespread in Italy. Characterized by an intense brown color, it is rather small: the adult specimens, usually, do not reach two centimeters of length. It has, however, very long antennae, always brown in color.
Its presence is mainly inside buildings: like all cockroaches, it loves environments with poor lighting and high humidity. For this reason the German cockroach, also known as a cockroach due to its small size compared to other types of cockroach, nests mainly in basements, cellars and garages, as well as in rooms adjacent to the foundations of buildings and in attics, if they are fairly humid.
Moving around the sewer system, it is not uncommon to find it in bathrooms or kitchens, especially behind furniture containing the sink, or behind washing machines, dishwashers or other appliances that use water. They sometimes nest behind wooden skirting boards or behind kitchen plinths.
Organic Cycle of the Stoker Cockroach
As far as the biological cycle of the Germanic cockroach is concerned, it has a rather long average life span for an insect: in fact, it can survive even for a year under optimal conditions. Each female lays, during its vital cycle, up to six ootecas, each one containing about fifty eggs.
It is clear, therefore, that the reproductive potential of these unpleasant animals is really important: for this reason, it is necessary not to underestimate the presence even of few specimens in their own house, as the number of the weeds can multiply in a very short time.
Professional Pest Control Measures Against The German Cockroach
If one suspects, or is certain, that there is an unwelcome presence of German cockroaches in the house, the first thing is to assess the seriousness of the infestation.
Having established that it is not possible to make a serious assessment without the intervention of a company in the pest control sector, there are a few signs that can be taken into account. First of all, you need to check whether there is feces in the corners of rooms and drawers. Moving washing machines and other appliances to check even the least exposed areas is a good idea. Suddenly turning on lights at night in at-risk rooms can allow us to see any specimens moving around.
As soon as you realize the problem is real, call a pest control service immediately, which will use bait traps and insecticide products to eliminate the root of the problem. Deep sanitisation of the infested environments will also be necessary. Precisely because the German cockroach can transmit serious diseases through its presence, it is important that the surfaces with which insects may have come into contact are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with specific products.
As far as food and foodstuffs are concerned, everything that could have been touched by cockroaches must be thrown away: nothing must be recovered.
This makes it clear that the problem of cockroaches is not only hygienic and sanitary, but also economic: in fact, when they invade a space where large quantities of food are stored, the damage can become really considerable.