The nasty ones, indeed. These slender, approx. 2cm long, tan brown kitchen raiding pocket rockets have the insane ability not just to ruin your food but also your health, home and sanity if left long enough. If you allow these guys living space in your kitchen for the summer, then the results will be every electronic device will be infested. The black ball-shaped thing at the back of your fridge which is the compressor will have ‘trillions’ of them running around it, as it is lovely and warm and a source of water is often available in the catchment just above.
About German Cockroaches and their smell
These guys have a special kind of stink. A stink which is challenging to wash off will linger. Their droppings look like small coffee grounds and turn into brownish-black gunge when wet. You know when you have this particular cockroach in your home. You can find them in the kitchen around the fridge, dishwasher, microwave, hot water cylinder, jug base, phone cradle, inside cupboards, gaps, and cracks etc. They rarely venture into rooms, but this may occur if the infestation is unusually large.
Discovery of this cockroach often starts with a late-night wander into the kitchen, and as you flick on the light, a quick movement catches your eye as something disappears into the darker shadows of your kitchen. This is when you need to start quickly planning your attack.
How they multiply
Here are some numbers to think about: a single 1-month-old female cockroach will give you approximately 16 babies (nymphs) every three weeks. Law of averages says that of those 16 nymphs, eight are female. Next month, those nine females will give you 144 nymphs with 72 being female. Month 3 will provide you with 1152 nymphs with 576 being female. The last month of summer before you start to spend more time inside as it is cooling down, you could potentially be sharing your home with no less than 4600 female cockroaches. Please note that these approximate only, but the message is there. Infestations this size are common enough in the pest control industry.
Have you planned your attack yet?
I hope it involves a professional pest control company who can back up their claims with a warranty.
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