German Cockroaches

German Cockroach Control - Austin, TX

german cockroach austin tx
German Cockroach

Not all cockroaches are created equally, and Magic Pest and Lawn’s cockroach removal team specializes in both German Cockroach control and American Cockroach control, as these are the two species most common in the Austin, Texas area.

Cockroaches are a very common pest in Texas, and a roach infestation can be quite serious. German Cockroaches are most commonly found indoors, making them even more of a threat to your Austin family.  German Cockroaches spread disease, contaminate food, and can cause allergies and/or asthma, especially for the very young and the elderly.

Generally, these roaches live in filth, and as they travel looking for food and water, they transfer germs from trash and/or sewage into your Austin living spaces. 

Cockroaches cause infection by carrying bacteria which can lead to a number of serious illnesses, as well as causing food poisoning by carrying Salmonella and Shigella bacteria. 

How Do I Tell the Difference Between a German Cockroach and an American Cockroach? 

When you are attempting to deal with a cockroach infestation, it is helpful to correctly identify which species you’re dealing with.  The two most common species found in American urban areas are the American cockroach and the German cockroach. The German cockroach is what most people are thinking of when they think of a generic cockroach, and it has several identifying features.

American vs. German Cockroachs

German cockroaches are most commonly found indoors, which makes them much more likely to spread filth and disease throughout your home. They love to hide in small cracks and crevices, particularly in the kitchen or anywhere that you store food in your home. German cockroaches are light brown or tan with horizontal stripes, and are quite a bit smaller than the American cockroaches found outdoors. German cockroaches are very cautious and often difficult to spot, so it is important to keep an eye out for their droppings, which look like black pepper and are found around infested areas near walls, under refrigerators, in cabinets, etc.

One female cockroach and her offspring can produce up to 30,000 cockroaches in just one year, meaning your home can be completely infested in just a matter of weeks or months. Magic Pest’s German cockroach removal professionals can help you get rid of these filthy creatures, but the earlier you contact us, the easier it is for us to remove roaches from your home.

Just to Reiterate, 

What Does a German Cockroach Look Like? 

Color: Light brown or tan with 2 black horizontal stripes behind the head.

Length: Approx 1/2 an inch

Additional Identifiers: German cockroaches have wings, but rarely fly, unlike American cockroaches who prefer flying. 

If you spot a German cockroach or German cockroach droppings, it is imperative that you contact Magic Pest and Lawn immediately before your home is overrun with these nasty pests.

Contact Magic Pest and Lawn’s German cockroach experts today for help with your indoor cockroach problems!

German Cockroaches

Cockroach Control

There are few things worse as a homeowner than spotting the first cockroach in your home. When you start to believe that your house may have a cockroach infestation, call Magic Pest immediately. Roaches have become such widespread pests because they thrive on very little. Cockroaches require three things: water, food and warm shelter. Roaches have survived off of these bare essentials for at least 320 million years.

When roaches are searching for a new place to live, they can check out your place by crawling through tiny gaps around doors, pipes and other open spaces. Contrary to popular belief, keeping a clean home won’t prevent you from getting a cockroach infestation. Instead, roaches that invade homes seek out warmth, moisture and darkness. Food sitting out is just a bonus.

Cockroaches enter buildings in infested boxes, grocery bags, beverage cartons, furniture and dried pet foods. They also enter around loose-fitting doors and windows, where electrical lines or water and steam pipes pass through walls, and through sewer lines.

Most cockroaches are nocturnal and appear during daylight only when disturbed or where there is a heavy infestation. They prefer warm, dark, and humid environments, which explains why they are often spotted around the kitchen sink. They can rest inside cupboards and cabinets, in pipes or electrical wiring, or behind window or door frames. It is important to know where cockroaches are hiding in your home because these are the locations that must be cleaned and treated.

Cockroaches feed on a variety of plant and animal products, including meat and grease, starchy foods, sweets, baked goods and other unprotected kitchen goods. They also feed on materials such as leather, wallpaper paste and book binding and sizing, so it is essentially impossible to deprive them of food.

Cockroaches rank high on the homeowner’s list of pest problems. Cockroaches contaminate food with excrement and other secretions, and they may leave an unpleasant odor. Cockroaches can also carry diseases, endangering your family and particularly small children. If you are experiencing a cockroach infestation, call Magic Pest today.